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Every family experiences hardships that can create a lot of stress, financial worry, and even heartache. If you are trying to find the best course of action for you and your loved ones, trust the skilled and compassionate Jersey City family lawyers at Bhatt Law Group.

Whether you are facing the difficult decision to end your marriage, challenge a custody or support agreement, or defend yourself against devastating accusations after a DYFS/DCPP investigation, an experienced family lawyer who understands these sensitive matters can help you through trying times. An effective Jersey City attorney can also be a useful resource when planning for your future with prenuptial agreements, estate planning, and completing your family with an adoption.

Bhatt Law Group has more than 10 years of experience working with families to achieve an array of outcomes. We understand the emotional situations that families encounter. Let us help you navigate the legal system to obtain a beneficial outcome for everyone in your family. Call us today at (201) 798-8000 .

New Jersey Family Law

Common Family Law Issues We Handle

At Bhatt Law Group we realize that legal matters involving your family can lead to feelings of doubt, pressure, and anxiety. Our experienced attorneys will strive to carry this burden for you.

Questions about child support? Learn how child support is calculated in New Jersey. This is just one of the many questions our family lawyers can answer in detail for you. We have the knowledge and resources to advocate on your behalf and will explain each step to you so you can make informed decisions regarding your rights and your family’s well-being.

Families are confronted with the legal system in many situations. No matter what you’re dealing with, we can help. Bhatt Law Group has experienced family law attorneys who have worked with people throughout New Jersey to obtain positive outcomes in the following situations:

  • DivorceLegally ending a marriage in New Jersey can be a complicated and emotionally troubling. A skilled divorce attorney with Bhatt Law Group can help you with the intricacies of legal separation, a divorce filing, property division, alimony, and prenuptial agreements.
  • CustodyIt is understandable that feelings can run very high regarding legal matters involving child custody and your rights as a parent. A compassionate representative can help you achieve the most favorable result possible in the best interest of a child.
  • Child SupportWhen a parent is seeking support or is being asked to pay, it is critical to know your rights and how child support works in New Jersey. A skilled child support lawyer at Bhatt Law Group can help you understand this process, parental obligations, and how levels of support are determined.
  • AdoptionAdoptions can be complex, especially when parental rights are being considered. Let us help you navigate the court system.
  • Paternity ClaimsDetermining the parentage of children is extremely important. We can help you establish the truth and fight for your rights in a paternity battle.
  • Mental Health ExpungementA mental health expungement is a legal process that removes records of involuntary psychiatric commitments or mental health adjudications from an individual’s history, thereby protecting their privacy and reducing potential stigma.
  • GuardianshipEstablishing guardianship is an important step in aiding family members who need legal guidance. However, the process can be complicated and often involves a hearing. Let us help you expedite the process so you can move on with more pressing matters.
  • EmancipationEmancipation of a minor can involve serious issues. Bhatt Law Group has experience representing people throughout New Jersey who are dealing with emancipation cases.
  • Domestic ViolenceLegal situations involving domestic violence can be some of the most complicated and emotionally exhausting issues. If you’ve experienced domestic violence or been accused of it, contact us to find out how to proceed. We can help you manage your divorce, custody, and even criminal case in the face of domestic violence.
  • Name Change ApplicationsYou may want to change your name for a variety of reasons, and New Jersey allows for that through an application with the court. This process involves a plethora of documents and a hearing. Bhatt Law Group is knowledgeable about the court system and will expedite the name change process.
  • Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP/DYFS) InvestigationsIf your parenting rights are being challenged by DCPP/DYFS, you need knowledgeable representation from a Jersey City family law attorney. Bhatt Law Group understands the complex laws and regulations of DCPP/DYFS, and we will help you navigate their system. We will make sure they respect your rights as a parent.

Important Issues in New Jersey Family Law Cases

Navigating through the family law process in New Jersey can be complex and confusing. Below are frequently asked questions:

  • Do I need a lawyer if I’m getting a divorce?Not necessarily. You may be able to go through the divorce process on your own, especially if you don’t have children or marital assets. However, a lawyer is highly recommended if you do have children or assets that you want divided between you and your spouse. A lawyer serves as an advocate for you throughout the legal process, ensuring that you don’t lose your rights as a parent and that your assets aren’t taken away.
  • How long do divorce proceedings take?The length of the divorce process varies case by case, but typically depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce, one where both parties agree about the terms of the divorce, can be approved by a judge in a matter of weeks or months. A contested divorce, one where you and your ex-spouse don’t agree on all areas of the settlement, will take at least a year. Other factors that impact the length are the state you live in, the court itself, and the type of divorce you choose. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate through a complicated divorce and resolve issues as quickly as possible.
  • Do I have to go to court for my divorce?If your divorce is uncontested, you may not have to go to court. The court will likely sign off on your divorce if terms are reasonable (although you may still have to appear for an informal or formal hearing). However, for a contested divorce, you probably will have to appear in court to receive the judge’s ruling on your divorce. For either type, uncontested or contested, an experienced lawyer can guide you through stressful proceedings.
  • What is legal separation vs divorce?A legal separation means that you go through a process similar to a divorce, including negotiating child custody and division of property. However, unlike a divorce, a legal separation means that you are still legally married, but living separately from your spouse. In a divorce, your marriage is legally dissolved. Both options can become complicated depending on the state you live in. A lawyer can expertly guide you through either process.
  • Will my case go to trial?More than likely not. The majority of cases end in a settlement before a divorce case every goes to trial. Disputable facts or contestable legal issues could lead to your case going to court, but if your lawyer helps you build a strong case, you shouldn’t have to visit the courtroom.
  • How will my property be split up after a divorce?Marital property includes all property (e.g. a home) acquired and shared by both spouses between the date of marriage through the date of the divorce decree. After a divorce is granted by the court, property is divided between the two ex-spouses. This division is not always equal, however. It’s determined under the Equitable Distribution Law which states that property must be divided as fairly as the court thinks is possible.
  • How does a court determine who gets child custody?If two ex-spouses can’t reach an out-of-court agreement on child custody and visitation rights, the decision will be made in court by a judge. The child’s “best interests” are the most important factor in this decision. The court will take into consideration who has served as the child’s “primary caretaker” (i.e. which parent has been primarily responsible for meal planning and preparation, healthcare, etc.). Other factors also come into play such as the child’s age, the relationship with either parent, prior negative acts of the parents, and the living environment. Custody is traditionally awarded to the parent who can best meet the needs of the child.
  • What is joint legal custody vs sole legal custody?Traditionally, joint legal custody says that both parents have an equal say in all important decisions when it comes to the child’s upbringing (e.g. education, medical care). However, this does not always mean that the parents get awarded an equal amount of time with the child. Different parenting schedules might still be determined in joint legal custody. On the other hand, sole legal custody dictates that all childcare rights are awarded to one parent (although the other parent will still be responsible for child support).
  • What are legal grounds for divorce in New Jersey?New Jersey offers the following grounds for divorce::Adultery
    Willful abandonment that lasts at least 21 months
    Physical or mental abuse
    Drug or alcohol addiction
    Consensual deviant sexual conduct
    Mental illness resulting in 24 consecutive months or more of institutionalization
    Incarceration for 18 months or more
    Living separately and apart for at least 18 consecutive monthsWe recommend discussing your potential grounds for divorce with an experienced lawyer, especially if your spouse disagrees with how you want to end the marriage (contested divorce).
  • Can I change custody arrangements after a divorce?To change custody arrangements after a divorce is finalized, you have to prove a substantial change in circumstances affecting the child’s welfare. The court also wants to see that modifications are in the best interest of the child. Employment change, remarriage, health of parents and other adults involved in care, and drug or alcohol abuse are a few factors that the court might consider to be disrupting the child’s stability. A motion must be filed with the court to modify child support. If an agreement can’t be reached by the parents, the court will hold a hearing to review the modification.
  • What if I don’t receive court-ordered child support from my ex-spouse?Failure to pay child support is a serious offense and can result in legal consequences such as driver’s license revocation, passport denial, and income withholding. An experienced lawyer can carefully evaluate your situation and ensure that your ex-spouse is held accountable for their non-compliance.
  • What is an uncontested divorce?An uncontested divorce is typically an easier form of divorce to finalize. Both spouses are in agreement that the marriage should end. They also agree how certain issues should be resolved (e.g. agreement on property division). However, most divorces are contested which can quickly become messy for both spouses.
  • What is a contested divorce?In a contested divorce, your spouse may disagree with ending your marriage or they may contest certain issues such as child support or property division. It typically takes longer to resolve a contested divorce over an uncontested one.
  • Can I move out of state with my child?New Jersey allows a custodial parent to relocate out of state with a child if the noncustodial parent gives permission. A new parenting time agreement can then be created. However, if the noncustodial parent objects, the custodial parent can take the matter to the court. The request might be approved if the parent can prove that the move will not harm the child’s best interests.
  • What is “legal” child custody vs “physical” child custody?Legal custody refers to the authority to make major decisions regarding a child’s health, education, safety, and welfare. Physical custody means that a child lives with the custodial parent the majority of the time. The non-custodial parent may have visitation rights.
  • How much does a family law attorney cost?The cost depends on different factors such as the experience of the lawyer, the geographical region, etc. However, at Bhatt Law Group, initial consultations are free so you can evaluate your options with no financial risk.
  • What information should I bring to my consultation appointment for a divorce?If you schedule a free consultation with Bhatt Law Group, prepare for your appointment by bringing a list of questions for the attorney, tax returns, pay stubs, legal documents such as prenuptial agreements, and any evidence for divorce. Our lawyers will review your case and provide advice on how to proceed.
  • How can a Bhatt Law Group lawyer help with my divorce?You may think involving a divorce attorney will make things more contentious. However, the opposite is usually true. A Jersey City divorce lawyer from Bhatt Law Group is here to help you through this difficult time. Your lawyer will always explain your rights and options, guiding you through the legal process with both knowledge and compassion.
  • What is a prenuptial agreement?Prenuptial agreements outline what will happen to you and your spouse’s assets and income in the case of a divorce, separation, or death. The agreement is designed to protect the rights of both spouses and actually helps strengthen a marriage as it ensures both spouses are on the same page in terms of financial obligations. A prenuptial agreement does take time to create, however. A Bhatt Law Group lawyer can help create a prenup that clearly outlines what is and what is not marital property so you and your future spouse have clarity and peace of mind.
  • How can I defend myself against accusations after a DYFS/DCPP investigation?A DYFS/DCPP investigation can be a terrifying experience for any parent, especially considering the possibility that their child could be taken away. To protect yourself and your child during an investigation, contact a lawyer who understands the family court system and has years of experience in the field. They’ll support you during this frightening time and ensure that you aren’t implicated for a wrongdoing you didn’t commit.
  • How can Bhatt Law Group assist me with adoption?Adopting a child is an excited decision, but also requires completing many steps. At Bhatt Law Group, we understand the adoption process and can provide the legal guidance you need along the way. There are many types of adoption in New Jersey including domestic adoptions, foster parent adoptions, and private adoptions. We offer our expertise for every adoption type, from drafting the petition for adoption to handling all the court filing.
  • How can Bhatt Law Group help if I’ve been a victim of domestic violence?If you’ve been the victim of domestic violence, we can offer guidance in filing a restraining order. A temporary restraining order (TRO) can be obtained in New Jersey in a hearing where the other party is not present. This order typically last 10 days until a hearing for a final restraining order takes place.
  • How is child support determined in court?The formula for calculating child support depends on the state. However, most courts consider some of the following factors to calculate the amount: income, healthcare costs, overnight visits, dependents, and other deductions. You can read more about how child support is calculated in New Jersey here.

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The Jersey City family attorneys with Bhatt Law Group are dedicated to handling potentially emotional legal issues with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism. If you’d like to speak with one of our qualified family lawyers, call us at (201) 798-8000 for a free and confidential consultation today.

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