Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Family Law In New Jersey
Nitti & Nitti, P.C. is proud to provide informative and personalized counsel to clients who face various legal challenges in Essex County, Morris County, Union County, Passaic County and elsewhere in New Jersey. Most importantly, we are always there for our clients. Whether you have concerns about visitation time with your children or you want to better understand the taxes involved in your real estate transaction, our Livingston, New Jersey, family law attorneys are ready to answer your questions.
How long will it take to get a divorce?
If you cannot reach an agreement with your spouse outside of court on all matters — such as child custody, child support, property division and alimony — you will have to go to trial. This process can take at least 18 months to be resolved. In many cases, it can take more than two years for a contested divorce in New Jersey to be finalized. When you come to Nitti & Nitti, P.C., we do everything possible to resolve your divorce as quickly as possible.
How much will it cost to get a divorce in New Jersey?
The total cost of your divorce will depend on several factors. Most importantly, are you and your spouse willing to negotiate? If so, you can resolve your divorce in a more affordable manner: through mediation. The quicker you come to terms that you can both agree on, the less money you will have to spend on mediation and legal services.
Keep in mind that mediation is often the most effective and affordable way to resolve a divorce. It can reduce the amount of time that you and your spouse spend arguing over matters and it can allow both parties to reach a favorable agreement when handled correctly.
What are my rights as the noncustodial parent?
In New Jersey, the courts strive to make sure that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents — so long as there aren’t any aggravating circumstances such as a history of child abuse or domestic violence. If you are the noncustodial parent, you can petition for visitation rights so that you can spend time with your child. Outside of extreme situations or factors, parents have the constitutional right to spend time with their children. A visitation schedule may be developed to ensure that a fair amount of parenting time is set aside for the noncustodial parent. In New Jersey, fathers and mothers have equal rights when it comes to custody agreements and visitation plans.
Is mediation right for my New Jersey family law case?
Depending on your divorce or family law situation, mediation may be a viable option. Typically, it is suggested that you retain a mediator early in the process, if appropriate. However, if both sides are not willing to talk through a settlement or negotiate in any way, the mediation process will ultimately fail. Mediation is most likely to be successful once both parties have come to terms with the idea of working together and compromising on some of the things that they want.
Do you have more questions about family law matters in New Jersey? Contact our firm at 973-852-3041 to get answers.