No One Gets Married and Plans to Get Divorced
A divorce is the legal end of a marriage. This can only be done through the courts. Most divorces are complicated and maneuvering through the court system requires extensive legal and technical knowledge. A Freehold NJ divorce lawyer holds the keys to opening the courthouse doors as well as de-mystifying the process. Don’t struggle with the emotional and legal challenges of a divorce alone. Contact Cores & Associates to speak to an attorney who can guide you through the divorce process.
You absolutely need an attorney to assist you with a divorce if you have:
- A house or other property;
- A pension; and/or,
- Any other “unusual” issue.
If you are considering filing for divorce or have already started the process, contact our office and we can provide assistance. Our dedicated staff will take some basic information and then schedule you to speak with one of our attorneys. We will review your case as well as give you some basic information about the process and some likely outcomes.
A Personalized Approach to New Jersey Divorce
Every marriage is different — and so is every divorce. Before we build your divorce strategy, one of our divorce lawyers will get to know you, your family, and your goals. Once we understand your top priorities, we will help you craft a plan that protects both your parenting time and financial interests.
When you work with a divorce lawyer at our office, we will address all matters related to your divorce, including the following:
We understand how important your children are to you. More often than not the children are the most valuable asset in a divorce matter. We are both sensitive and understanding of the many issues that can arise when it comes to divorce and children. Our attorneys will help you understand your custody and parenting time rights. We will also help design an agreement that fits your family and is not cookie-cutter. There are two primary things to address:
- Legal custody: The right to make important life decisions for your children, such as decisions concerning their medical care, education, and religious upbringing. Most parents share joint legal custody and sole legal custody is rare.
- Physical custody: The time you spend with your child in addition to the right to make day-to-day decisions about their care.
In most divorces, parents negotiate a child custody agreement with help from a divorce lawyer. At Cores & Associates, we help our clients draft comprehensive custody agreements that divide parenting time fairly and in the best interests of their children. However, if negotiations fail, we are always prepared to present our clients’ cases to a judge and demand a child custody order.
Each parent has a legal obligation to support their children. Both parents pay their respective shares of the child’s housing, food, clothing, health care, transportation, necessary child care, and other expenses. A divorce lawyer can help you establish a fair child support structure that ensures your child’s welfare.
An experienced attorney can also help you understand the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, apply them in your case, and calculate the appropriate amount of child support in your case. This amount may be based on income, health insurance costs, child care costs, paid/received alimony amounts, etc.
We will guide you through support-related negotiations, as well as aggressively advocate for decisions that are in the best interests of your children.
Distribution of Assets & Liabilities
A comprehensive agreement or trial decision will also address the distribution of all assets and liabilities that are part of the marital estate. You and your spouse will have to identify and divide your marital assets and debts, which may include the following:
- Home/ real property,
- retirement accounts,
- a business, and
- credit card debt.
We will carefully study your financial situation and apply New Jersey’s property distribution laws to your circumstances, all with the goal of protecting your interests and ensuring your financial stability.
Not all assets and debt are marital property. Under New Jersey divorce law, some assets are exempt and your spouse cannot claim a share of them. At Cores & Associates, we fight for our clients and protect their exempt assets. We also review prenuptial agreements and assess their enforceability during a divorce.
A Freehold NJ divorce lawyer can help you understand New Jersey alimony laws and how they apply in your divorce. Under certain circumstances, a spouse can receive either limited duration, reimbursement, or open durational alimony that ensures their financial stability.
What Factors Will the Court Consider?
- Actual need and ability of the parties to pay;
- Duration of the marriage or civil union;
- Physical and emotional health of the parties;
- Standard of living established in the marriage or civil union and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living, with neither party having a greater entitlement to that standard of living than the other;
- Earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties;
- Length of absence from the job market of the party seeking maintenance;
- Parental responsibilities for the children;
- Time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, the availability of the training and employment, and the opportunity for future acquisitions of capital assets and income;
- History of the financial or non-financial contributions to the marriage or civil union by each party including contributions to the care and education of the children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities;
- Equitable distribution of property ordered and any payouts on equitable distribution, directly or indirectly, out of current income, to the extent this consideration is reasonable, just and fair;
- Income available to either party through investment of any assets held by that party;
- Tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a non-taxable payment;
- Nature, amount, and length of pendente lite support paid, if any; and
- Any other factors which the court may deem relevant.
If you’re unsure whether you or your spouse are entitled to alimony, contact Cores & Associates today. We will provide a free consultation to analyze the facts of your case.
Medical Insurance and Expenses
Divorce agreements will also address medical insurance and uncovered medical expenses. If you have questions about healthcare costs during and after a divorce, contact our office. We can help you assess your situation and explain your legal options, which may include privately-acquired health insurance, COBRA, or Medicare.
Divorce gives you an opportunity to both rebuild and redefine your life. At Cores & Associates, we take our job as advocates and counselors seriously. We will help you build a divorce strategy and post-divorce plan that is both realistic and in line with your goals. Depending on your unique circumstances, this may include rehabilitative alimony as well as other important support benefits.
We Deliver Practical Advice and Aggressive Advocacy to Our Clients
Our goal is always to reach a negotiated settlement in every divorce case. Judges have busy dockets and do not have the time to consider every aspect of your case or life. Once you enter the court system you become a number. There is never a time when everyone will be happy with a judge’s decision. Most judges will even tell you not to let them make decisions about your life or the lives of your children. Most divorces resolve by way of settlement. A few divorces will end with a trial. Ms. Cores is an experienced and exceptional trial attorney. Her team is prepared to settle your divorce or proceed through the trial.
Regardless of the issues in your divorce, the first step should be to meet with us for a free consultation to discuss your situation. There is no formula or pre-packaged approach that can every properly address the unique needs of your family. We focus on results specific to your family.
Speak With a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer at Cores & Associates Today
If you are ready to file for divorce or recently were served with divorce papers, contact our office. We can help you understand New Jersey’s divorce laws, as well as your legal options. Cores & Associates has extensive experience in both negotiating and litigating family law issues and would love to help your family through this challenging process. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.