New Jersey Matrimonial Law
Before the court can finalize a divorce, many emotionally wrenching issues must be resolved by the parting spouses. First and foremost for parents is, who will be awarded legal or physical custody of their children? And if they become the non-custodial parent, how often will they be able to visit their child and spend quality time with them? Also, the parent who receives custody worries about being able to stay in the marital home and receive sufficient child support from the ex-spouse.
Child custody and support under matrimonial law in New Jersey
While the courts used to favor mothers over fathers as the more suitable custodial parent, the playing field is increasingly level today. Mothers are expected to contribute financially to child and/or spousal support, and fathers are increasingly awarded shared custody. The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines provide a mathematical formula for determining child support payments based on such factors as gross incomes of both parents and projected childcare costs among others.
New Jersey courts consider it extremely important for children of divorce to maintain close ties with both their mother and father. An exception to this occurs when an act of domestic violence has been committed by either the mom or dad. Such behavior can severely limit either party from enjoying physical custody of their children or negatively impact their parental visitation schedules and sometimes require the need for supervised visitation..
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state
Another emotionally charged issue is separating marital from non-marital property for purposes of equitable distribution of property. Marital property is property acquired by the spouses between their wedding and the divorce filing. These are some examples of marital property:
- Primary residence
- Vacation homes and other investment real estate
- Bank accounts
- Investment accounts
- Personal property and collectibles
Non-marital property is usually real estate or inheritances acquired by one of the spouses prior to the marriage that is not subject to distribution. All of the financial assets must be disclosed, analyzed, and valuated before informed decisions can be made about distributing them. An Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A. matrimonial attorney in New Jersey will push for full disclosure and fair property distribution.
Contact our matrimonial law firm in New Jersey
At Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., our team of matrimonial lawyers in New Jersey leverages their extensive experience to give you valuable insight into the challenges and strengths of your case. Our New Jersey matrimonial attorneys will fight for your rights and strive for the most equitable, mutually acceptable outcome to your divorce whether you choose alternative dispute resolution or traditional litigation.
If you are looking for a highly credentialed, well-respected matrimonial lawyer in New Jersey, please call Cheryl Betten, the Firm Administrator for the Haddonfield, NJ offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., at 856-428-8334 ext. 258, or use our online contact form to schedule your initial consultation to discuss your immediate legal needs in a personal and confidential setting.
A divorce attorney or child custody lawyer from the Haddonfield, NJ offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A. can provide legal advice and representation to clients throughout Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Pennsauken, Mount Holly, Pemberton, Northfield, Mays Landing, Riverside, Voorhees, Moorestown, Mullica Hill, Princeton, Marlton, Medford, Washington Township, Pitman, Woodbury, Mt. Laurel, Atlantic City, Vineland and all of Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, Burlington and Camden County.