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At The Glen F. Haley Law Firm, we are a small firm who provides personalized attention for each and every client.

Hackensack Family Lawyer

If you're going through a family law matter like divorce or a child custody battle, you may be having a hard time making decisions or reaching resolutions with your partner, and that’s where we come in. The Glen F. Haley Law Firm understands what you're going through and wants to reassure you that having such complex feelings during your legal matter is completely normal. After all, the decisions you make now will change your life for many years to come. So, our firm’s goal is to offer you compassion and support during this tough time and the cost-efficient legal services to help you reach peaceful resolutions.

The Glen F. Haley Law Firm is equipped to handle family matters such as:

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Child Custody Negotiations

An important post-divorce matter that will require the experience and skill of a dedicated family lawyer is child custody. There are 4 basic types of custody arrangements in New Jersey – legal custody, physical custody, joint custody, and sole custody, which can also be combined (e.g., joint legal custody). Note that a parent who does not have physical custody may petition for “visitation” rights, or “parenting time,” which allows non-custodial parents to spend time with their children.

Parents can reach a custody arrangement on their own without the interference of the court, but if they cannot resolve these custody issues on their own, the court will step in. The primary factor a court will consider to decide on a child custody order will be the child’s best interests, which includes:

  • the parents’ ability to agree, communicate, and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
  • the parents’ willingness to accept custody, and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time;
  • the interaction and relationship of the child with their parents and siblings;
  • any history of domestic violence;
  • the safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent;
  • the child’s preference, when the child has the intellectual capacity to make an intelligent decision;
  • the stability of the home environment offered by the parents;
  • the quality and continuity of the child’s education;
  • the parents’ fitness to exercise custody;
  • the geographical proximity of the parents’ homes;
  • the extent and quality of the time spent with the child before or after the separation;
  • the parents’ employment responsibilities; and
  • the age and number of children.

Prenuptial Agreements

Premarital agreements are becoming more and more common among prospective couples, and for good reason. Premarital agreements, or prenuptial agreements, help prospective spouses define, prior to legal marriage, their rights and obligations after a marriage. Prenuptial agreements can expedite a conventionally long divorce process, as they may establish post-divorce issues like property division or spousal support. The following matters may be addressed in a New Jersey premarital agreement:

  • both spouses' rights and obligations to joint and separate property;
  • the right to buy, sell, use, transfer, exchange, abandon, lease, assign, dispose of, or otherwise manage and control property;
  • the division of property upon separation, divorce, death, or the occurrence or nonoccurrence of any other event;
  • the modification or elimination of spousal support;
  • the making of a will, trust, or other arrangement to carry out the provisions of the agreement;
  • the ownership rights in, and disposition of, the death benefit from a life insurance policy;
  • the choice of law governing the construction and interpretation of the agreement; and
  • any other matter, including personal rights and obligations.

Note that issues related to children, such as child support and child custody, may not be decided in a prenuptial agreement, as these matters are typically decided by a court based on the best interests of the child – not the spouses.

It is advisable that both spouses consult an attorney before entering into a premarital agreement, as an experienced marriage lawyer can ensure the prospective spouses’ rights are being protected, especially in the context of potential married life.

Divorcing in New Jersey

One of the most important matters of family law is divorce. A couple that decides to legally terminate their marriage in New Jersey may file for fault or no-fault divorce. During a divorce proceeding, the court will also make important decisions about issues like child custody and support, property distribution, and alimony awards, among many others. To file for divorce in the state, either spouse must have been a New Jersey resident for the last year.

Note that New Jersey law requires the plaintiff to file in the county where the actions that led to the divorce happened. For example, if a spouse deserted the plaintiff, the divorce should be filed in the county where they resided during the desertion.

After filing with the court, the plaintiff must then fill out the summons and then serve their spouse with a copy of the divorce paperwork. The spouse that was served has 35 days after receiving the divorce paperwork to respond by filing:

  • an "Appearance," which means the defendant does not object to the divorce but may object to what the plaintiff is asking for (e.g., custody or support terms);
  • an "Answer," in which the defendant agrees or disagrees to the statements in the complaint; or
  • a "Counterclaim," in which the defendant can state new reasons for the divorce.

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Contact The Glen F. Haley Law Firm Today

No matter what family law issue you are facing in Hackensack, New Jersey, The Glen F. Haley Law Firm can help you navigate your situation. Especially in tense situations involving divorce, child custody, or even negotiating prenuptial agreements, having an experienced and understanding family lawyer by your side will make a significant difference. Attorney Glen F. Haley, Esq. can handle your family legal matter for you efficiently at a low cost; schedule your consultation today to learn more.

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