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Divorce Lawyers in Newark, NJ Helping Couples Through Divorce

Regardless of whether you or your spouse has initiated the divorce process or you are just beginning to consider a trial separation, Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law welcomes your inquiry. Our team of Newark divorce attorneys has more than 60 years of combined experience and has proven successful at creating tailored solutions for each and every client.

What Should You Know About New Jersey Divorce Laws?

There are some common questions that can arise when considering filing for divorce in NJ. The answers to some of these questions may cause some to reconsider whether or not filing is right for them or if they should wait before making this move.

Some important things to know before filing for divorce:

  • You can only file for divorce for irreconcilable differences, if you have lived apart from your spouse for at least 18 months, or if someone is at fault for the marriage ending.
  • At least one spouse must have lived in New Jersey for one year in order to file, which must be done in their county of residence.
  • Property is divided according to equitable distribution laws, meaning each person gets what is fair, not necessarily an equal share of the marital property.
  • One spouse can be awarded temporary or permanent alimony depending on additional information, such as the length of the marriage and earning capacity.
  • Child support is based on the child's needs and both parents' incomes and will be ordered until the child has reached the legal age of 18.
  • The court allows parents to develop a custody plan but can impose their own if they feel it honors the best interests of the child better.

If you are seeking to file for divorce, you should retain legal counsel to guide you through this difficult time. With over 60 years of service to our clients, our firm knows how sensitive and important this time of your life can be. We are here to represent your rights and interests in court.

Awarded Divorce Firm You Can Trust

Our firm is AV Rated and never backs down from a case, no matter how challenging it may be. Since founding Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law in 1955, we have refined our skills and improved our techniques to better serve our clients.

You deserve to work with an attorney you can trust. After being included in Super Lawyers listings from 2012-2018 and the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2013 and from 2016-2018, we believe we are that firm. We seek to improve upon our reputation in the community every year and take great pride in the level of counsel and representation offered by our attorneys.

Whatever You're Facing, Our Team Can Help - 60+ Years' Experience

We know that no two families are the same, which is why we make every effort to evaluate your case before offering a solution. This can be a difficult time and we are committed to making the process as seamless as possible for you and your family.

Our team is capable of handling any of the following aspects of divorce:

Marital Torts & Tevis Claims

The Family Court also has jurisdiction over cases in which one spouse accuses the other of intentional torts, such as physical or psychological abuse. Often these allegations arise in a divorce case because they are used to establish one of the required grounds for divorce. Apart from the divorce, however, victims in martial torts are entitled to receive an award of damages for their pain and suffering, related medical expenses, and even punitive damages in cases of egregious conduct.

Martial torts, also known as Tevis claims, are a separate lawsuit within the divorce case and, depending upon the circumstances may be decided by a jury instead of a judge. Whether you are a spouse who has been injured or one who has been falsely accused of wrongful conduct, at Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law, our divorce lawyers have the experience to protect you in the courtroom.

Reasons Why a Divorce Attorney Can Help

When you and your spouse are able to work out many of the important issues in the divorce, it may seem counterintuitive to hire a lawyer; however, even if you can be sure that everything you agreed upon is fair, you may not be able to determine if it is legally enforceable. Furthermore, never running into even a peaceful disagreement with your former spouse is very rare.

You should hire a divorce attorney when:

  • Your spouse may be hiding important financial assets
  • Either person has hurt feelings and cannot be completely fair
  • Your spouse has hired an attorney of their own
  • You have complicated financial issues to work out
  • There is a history of abuse

Divorce lawyers are usually the best option, especially when parties have deeply rooted emotions and feelings that will come up throughout the process. Attorneys have a wealth of resources and experts at their disposal that can be used to make sure both spouses get what they need from the divorce.

Call for a Consultation with a Firm Recognized for Its Success

Your future is important and ensuring that it stays secure starts today. While the unknown can be frightening, our team of Morristown divorce lawyers is here for you every step of the way. From the moment you walk through our doors, your best interests will be maintained at the forefront of every decision. Our divorce lawyers are equipped to represent you both in and out of the courtroom and always keep you informed throughout the process.

Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law has extensive experience assisting those dealing with divorce.​​​​ Contact Jeffrey W. Plaza at our firm today to get started!

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