Divorce, child custody, alimony, and other family law matters can be difficult and emotional. Family lawyers Frederick R. Dunne, Jr., F.R. “Chip” Dunne, III, and Leonard B. Cohen, help families throughout the state maintain amicable relationships while dealing with a variety of complicated and sensitive issues. Working from offices in Hoboken, NJ, and Kearny, NJ, we are not afraid to litigate when necessary. However, as a family-run firm, we understand the importance of those ties and will do everything we can to help you achieve the best solutions possible. To schedule a free consultation with our family law attorneys, contact us today.
Family Law and Services
Family law includes separation and divorce proceedings, as well as determining the terms of financial support and child custody. Our legal services cover a range of these issues, such as:
- Divorce: There are many considerations when approaching the legal issues of a divorce. We try to help clients maintain good relationships, if possible, and always strive to prioritize what is best for the children.
- Legal separation: Legal separation does not require a formal spousal complaint. With documented agreements concerning child custody, visitation, and support, you can take some time apart without formally dissolving the marriage. We can also offer assistance in annulments.
- Spousal support (alimony): Divorce proceedings often require one spouse to make payments to the other to support their previous standard of living, though there are several factors the court takes into consideration when determining amounts.
- Child custody, visitation, and support: When a former couple has to consider the wellbeing of their children, matters of living situation, contact, and financial support may heighten the tension. We strive to help clients determine what is best for their children in terms of which parent they should live with primarily, how often they should see the other parent, and how much each parent is expected to support them financially.
- Domestic violence: Abuse of a household member, spouse, or child could bring criminal charges against the offending parent(s), in which case the children’s living situation might involve the Division of Youth and Family Services.
- Prenuptial agreement: When spouses sign a legal contract prior to their marriage determining terms of property distribution if the marriage ends, this agreement takes precedence in the settlement.
- Division of Youth and Family Services: The state department becomes involved if there is any question of child abuse or neglect. Having a knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate state regulations can help you find the best solution for you and your children.
- Equitable distribution: Each state has different rules and regulations for determining how a former couple’s assets will be divided. New Jersey legislation mandates a fair distribution, but not a 50-50 split. The court decides what this means for each case, considering the length of the marriage, assets, debts, property, and children.
- Parental alienation: When a child is manipulated into shunning or fearing one parent, the state considers this abusive. We can take action against the offending parent or family member.
- Relocation out of and within the state: Before one parent can move out of state with a child, he or she must obtain the formal consent of the other parent or permission from the court. Moving within the state but far enough away to warrant alteration of court orders also requires parental consent or court permission.
Partnering with a Family Firm
When you work with Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC, you can rest assured that you are working with a firm that understands the value of family and the intricacies of family law. Schedule a free consultation concerning your family law issue.