When most people think of a family law attorney, they assume these family lawyers deal only with divorce issues. This couldn't be further from the truth as there are many aspects to family law. Attorneys that specialize in family law matters handle more than just divorce and post-judgment issues like alimony, child support, custody, and visitation rights. This is true of the family law attorneys at Celli & Schlossberg LLC, who work diligently to serve their clients in other areas of family law like preparing prenuptial or premarital agreements, addressing paternity issues, coordinating adoptions and legal guardianships, and dealing with domestic violence issues.
Divorce is Just One of the Things We Do
Unfortunately, there are some situations where a marriage cannot be saved and the spouses decide they must file for divorce. At these times, it is extremely important to have a family law attorney on your side who is experienced in the divorce process. A family lawyer at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC will provide you with relevant legal advice and help you get from filing for divorce to receiving a final ruling from the family court judge.
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Sometimes the Solution is a Separation Agreement
Just because a couple decides to end their marriage, doesn't mean they must get divorced. Spouses have the option of a trial separation or an extended separation. In either case, it is pertinent for a family law attorney to prepare what is known as a “Separation Agreement.” This agreement must be done correctly to avoid complications in the event the spouses decide to finalize their divorce. Each family law lawyer at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC is very knowledgeable in drafting these types of agreements and can be of assistance when working out a fair and equitable solution to all the significant issues.
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A Family Lawyer Handles Prenuptial Agreements
The simplest and best way to avoid protracted divorce litigation is with a prenuptial agreement. The family law attorneys at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC have experience negotiating and preparing premarital agreements. For a prenuptial agreement to be effective, it's important for both you and your future spouse to reflect on exactly what you will be entering. It is also advisable to allow your family law attorney enough time to prepare the agreement. At a minimum, the family lawyers at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC, recommend you provide for 45 days to negotiate, prepare and sign a premarital or prenuptial agreement.
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We Can Help Resolve Paternity Issues
Paternity is a fairly complex area of the law and can be more intricate than a lot of people think. Paternity affects the father's right to see his child as well as his duty under the law to support that child. DNA tests can rule out paternity with nearly 100% accuracy and can also identify paternity with an accuracy of 99.99%. An action for paternity is a lawsuit that can be brought before the family court by either the father or the mother. The family lawyers at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC can help you file for, or defend against, a paternity suit. We understand the process and can assist you in cutting through the red tape involved in an action for paternity.
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Child Support: How Does It Work?
Thankfully, in most situations child support can be calculated with a fair degree of accuracy. The State of New Jersey has directed the use of certain Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of child support. Only in certain special circumstances will the parties be able to disregard the Guidelines. Once the incomes of both parents are known and the parenting schedule has been established, a Guidelines worksheet can be completed to determine the appropriate level of support. However, this should not be interpreted to mean that calculating child support is a simple matter. Changing even one number in the calculation could have a dramatic effect on the outcome. It is therefore recommended that you have an attorney that is experienced in performing this kind of calculation assisting you. At Celli & Schlossberg, LLC, we've been through this process many times and can let you know your rights.
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What about Palimony?
In some situations where there has been a long term relationship between two people, the situation can arrise when one of them is entitled to support even after the relationship ends. In determining this, the court looks to many factors including a person's need for support, the duration of the relationship, the age and health of the parties, the standard of living during the relationship, the ability of the parties to earn an income in light of their history, and responsibilities to care for any children. Because of the complexities, you need someone on your side who knows how the system is structured.
If you would like to know about your rights regarding Palimony, call Celli & Schlossberg, LLC today.
We Just Can't Seem to Agree on Custody and Parenting Time
Most couples ending there relationship frequently express this sentiment. It can be said that custody and parenting time is probably the most difficult issue for a couple to address. It is the area that is the most intense emotionally and at the same time, it is the area that has the least amount of "hard rules.” For all involved, the overall goal should be to do what is best for the children. Since each person thinks the children would be best with them, many times they cannot agree on this issue.
Do not despair. Usually once the initial anger surrounding the break up subsides you and your spouse will able to work this out. To this end, the court will do everything possible to assist you in resolving this on your own. You will attend a parenting education workshop and will also participate in a mediation program provided by the court free of charge. If, after participating in mediation, you are still unable to resolve this issue, the court will normally appoint a mental health expert to prepare a custody and parenting time evaluation (at your expense) and make a recommendation.
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A Family Law Lawyer Can Help with Domestic Violence
If you're a victim of domestic violence, it's important for you to have representation by an experienced family lawyer to make sure your rights are protected. The State of NJ takes domestic violence very seriously and so do the family law attorneys at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC. Timing is crucial in a domestic violence dispute - there is a short time period of eight to ten days, between the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order and the issuance of a Final Restraining Order. When you are going through a violent situation, you don't need to be wondering what the laws are with respect to domestic violence. That is one of the main reasons you would retain a family law attorney like Celli & Schlossberg, LLC. We can make sure you obtain the full benefit of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.
Allegations of domestic violence are always unfortunate. While many times these allegations are justified, it is not unheard of for a party to make one in order to gain an advantage in a divorce proceeding. If you've been accused, it's even more important to be represented by a family lawyer. Being found guilty of domestic violence will affect you the rest of your life and will have consequences far beyond the mere issuance of a restraining order.
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