Few people would suggest that obtaining a divorce is an easy process. If you are getting divorced, it is important to find a lawyer who is good at explaining things to your satisfaction and who will be accessible and responsive when you have questions. During divorce, it’s normal to be upset and anxious about your situation. You need someone who is available and who can respond quickly when you’re having a problem, to provide information, reassurance and a plan to help you.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Gordon, Esq., LLC, we can spend as much time as needed to resolve our clients’ concerns. Although the cost of divorce depends on the complexity of the case and the degree of resistance from the other side, we will do everything we can to minimize the cost to you. From our office in Teaneck, we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey with divorce matters, including:
- Child support
- Child custody
- Parenting time and visitation
- Equitable distribution of property
- Post-decree (post-judgment) modifications based on changed circumstances
- Allegations of Abuse and Neglect
- Domestic Violence
- Family Law Appeals
- Prenuptial agreements
In uncontested divorces, parties are able to agree on most matters stemming from their divorce without needing to litigate. Many times, parties will proceed with mediation and come to an agreement regarding all matters surrounding their divorce. Throughout the mediation process, each party may or may not be represented by an attorney. If not yet represented by an attorney, the parties will be advised to have an attorney review your mediated agreement (or Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU) before it is signed as a Property Settlement Agreement (PSA) for the divorce.
The court will not review, approve or disapprove of the agreement, but will rely on the fact that the parties agreed to follow its terms and were fully aware of what they were agreeing to. At that point, when the case is settled, the judge will grant the divorce and the PSA will be attached to the Final Judgment of Divorce. It should be pointed out that almost all cases settle before trial. Only 1% or 2% of all divorces go to trial, since it is always preferable to reach an agreement between the parties if possible.
In contested divorces, the parties cannot agree on various issues and may harbor hostility toward each other. The issues may be many, or few, but the judge will have to decide the unresolved issues for the parties. They typically make multiple trips to court to obtain relief such as financial, or related to the children. There may also be child abuse or domestic violence issues as well as mental health and substance abuse issues to address in court. In any event, the firm is very familiar and comfortable dealing with all of these issues (no matter how complex or upsetting) and the firm is prepared to spend as much time in the office or in court as is necessary to represent your interests to the utmost.
Schedule your initial consultation with an experienced lawyer by contacting us online or by calling 201-801-0455.