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Full-service Divorce and Family law firm serving located in Hackensack, NJ.

The dissolution of your marriage is an emotional and stressful event. The composed, compassionate attorneys at Ruiz Doolan Law Firm, LLC help ease the legal strain of divorce so you can concentrate on the health and well-being of your family.

We take your individual needs into account as they seek the best possible results for you regarding:

  1. Child custody and visitation rights
  2. Child support
  3. Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
  4. Division of marital debts
  5. Sale or possession of the marital home
  6. Spousal support and temporary support

DIVORCE:  Divorce is a difficult experience for any family to go through. If children are involved, it makes the process even more emotionally draining. In an effort to mitigate some of the pressure felt by persons facing this ordeal, our firm makes every effort to have the divorce go as smoothly as possible.

Whether you are just contemplating filing for divorce, you are thinking about a legal separation in NJ or you have already been served with divorce papers, we can help. Timing deadlines in a divorce matter are crucial and can result in the loss of a person’s future legal right.

Whether your divorce is a complicated matter involving high net worth assets or a simple uncontested divorce, our lawyers will guide you through the process quickly and efficiently.

Uncontested divorces and amicable divorces take the least amount of time and can be resolved as quickly as the court schedules a date. When the matter involves more complex issues such as child custody, support, and equitable distribution the case may take significantly longer to come to a conclusion.

DIVORCE MEDIATION: When considering divorce, it is important to understand the many options available in resolving your matter. Litigation is not always right for everyone. If entering mediation, the parties voluntarily agree to meet with a neutral third party to help them reach a resolution in their divorce. This process is voluntary and confidential. The mediator does not make decisions for you but instead facilitates proper communication between you and your spouse to aid in the resolution process. Unlike litigation, the final decisions are made by you and your spouse. This process is often less stressful and more cost effective than traditional litigation.

CHILD CUSTODY/PARENTING TIME: Even when the relationship between the parents comes to an end, the relationship that each parent has with their child or children continue to exist. One of the hardest decisions that parents face is what role they will play in their child’s life once the relationship with the other parent has ended. Numerous questions come up dealing with both custody and visitation. The type of custody agreement that is right for one family, does not necessarily mean it will be right for another. Nobody should be forced out of their children’s lives unwillingly. If parties are unable to come up with an agreement, the court can intervene.

Types of custody arrangements that can be made include one parent having sole legal child custody, the parties sharing joint legal custody and/or having sole residential custody or sole legal custody.

If you are seeking an initial child custody order, a modification of one or would like to discuss your rights as they pertain to your children our office can help you in guiding you through the process.

CHILD SUPPORT: Every child has the legal right to be supported by both parents. Child support is meant to assist the ordinary expenses such as food, shelter, clothing, education and medical needs of the children. We represent both the custodial and non-custodial parents in virtually every type of child support dispute. This includes cases involving the establishment of child support, child support modification, child support enforcement petitions and paternity.

New Jersey Child Support Guidelines take into account an assortment of factors such as the earnings of each parent, the time each parent spends with the children, specifically the number of overnights a child has with each parent, health care expenses, child care costs as well as much more. Due to the fact that each case is unique and should be treated as such, the NJ child support guidelines are not required to be used exclusively, and parties may choose to set a support amount outside the child support guidelines for.

Whether the NJ guidelines are used in determining child support, the parties may also choose whether or not they should have the payments be made directly from the payor to the payee or if they would like the payments to be made through the courts. When payments are made through the courts, the payments go through the county’s Probation department. Parties who use the Probation department for child support purposes can see the status of their account through http://www.njchildsupport.org/  and will need to have their nj child support login information as well as their individual pin numbers.

ALIMONY/SPOUSAL SUPPORT: This support is paid for the benefit of the former spouse. In New Jersey, the purpose of alimony or spousal support is to allow the divorcing couple to maintain a lifestyle as close to as possible to the type of lifestyle they had during the marriage.

New Jersey statutes provide for different types of alimony to be awarded.

  • Limited duration Alimony: provides for an alimony award for a certain predetermined amount of time.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony: is meant to allow the lower income spouse time to reestablish them financially. For example, it can be paid so that the spouse may either obtain job training, an education or job experience or become more self-sufficient, or to a mother of small children for a period until children attend school.
  • Reimbursement Alimony: is again a limited duration or lump sum alimony award meant to reimburse the former spouse for expenses they incurred during the marriage. This type of alimony would be applicable in a case where one spouse worked to put the other spouse through school.
  • Permanent Alimony: Until September of 2014, New Jersey allowed permanent alimony.  Permanent alimony has been replaced with “Open Duration Alimony” which allows the paying spouse more leeway in changing amount and duration based on certain circumstances.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Domestic violence is a serious crime in our society. To combat this ongoing problem, the Legislature has enacted The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991. Under this Act, a person may obtain relief if they have been a victim of fourteen different offenses including the following:

  1. Harassment
  2. Assault
  3. False imprisonment
  4. Sexual assault
  5. Lewdness
  6. Criminal Trespass
  7. Stalking

The Act provides for two forms of relief to a victim of domestic violence, first in the form of civil relief, which is obtaining a restraining order, and secondly in the form of criminal relief, which allows a victim to file criminal complaints against the batterer.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence we can help you obtaining the justice you deserve.

Contact a dedicated Divorce and Family Lawyers serving all of New Jersey

The Ruiz Doolan Law Firm, LLC is located in Hackensack, NJ and represents clients throughout New Jersey in Divorce and Family Law matters. Call 201-880-5563 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. SE HABLA ESPAÑOL.