Call Attorney Joseph T. Margrabia, Jr.
For your strictly confidential free consultation
At-856-881-9600 or 609-886-5700
Two Convenient Locations
Glassboro & Cape May
Breaking up is hard to do.
Being in a bad marriage can be emotionally draining and exhausting. Getting out of a bad marriage can be even be worse. It requires changing your living situation. Untangling your financial ties and dividing your marital property. Choose the Right Divorce Attorney.
Hiring the right attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in your divorce. You need to depend upon your attorney, you need to know that they are there to answer your questions and act promptly for you — and you need a lawyer who is smart and strategic: who knows when to fight and when to negotiate. Here are some things to consider when choosing your lawyer as you begin divorce:
Avoid the “Shark” Attorney: A highly aggressive attorney may make you feel more powerful, but don’t mistake an overly combative lawyer for a strong one. There is a time to fight and a time to be reasonable. An attorney who thinks of litigation as your first or only option may have a bad reputation with the court and may very well increase the tension between you and the other party. This will drive up your legal fees and can often result in a worse outcome. The lawyer you choose needs to understand when to advocate vigorously and when to strategically negotiate. There is nothing wrong with making a deal with the other party. It is not a sign of weakness. It’s a smart strategy.
Experience counts. Be sure not to retain an attorney who is going to learn by doing your divorce. I have done hundreds of divorce, support and custody cases. You will gain from my knowledge and experience.
Be reasonable and open-minded. No one gets everything. Divorce courts are courts of equity and fairness. Not-winner takes all. You will want to keep the property you brought into the marriage and share in the property acquired during the marriage. This is called equitable distribution. In many marriages, the parties have unequal earnings. One party may need temporary or permanent financial support from the other. This is called alimony.
Always seek advice from an experienced matrimonial lawyer such as myself. Never face the complexity of dissolving a marriage without competent legal counsel. Schedule your strictly confidential free consultation today at either of our two offices, call 856-881-9600 for our Glassboro Office or 609-886-5700 for our Cape May Office.
Support & Alimony
In many cases, one spouse may not be able to support him/herself after the end of the marriage. To remedy this, the court may award alimony. The types of alimony in New Jersey include:
Durational alimony: Spousal support that can be terminated or modified upon any qualifying change of circumstances
Limited duration alimony: Spousal support that ends after a specified period
Rehabilitative alimony: Short-term spousal support that helps one spouse become financially self-sufficient
Reimbursement alimony: Repayment to the spouse who helped to pay for the other spouse’s education during the marriage
Pendente lite alimony: Temporary spousal support that is issued only during the divorce process.
It should be noted that open durational alimony or spousal support in New Jersey is typically awarded in long-term marriages, marriages that lasted 15 years or more. Sadly, both parties may experience a reduction in their standard of living after a divorce. Schedule your strictly confidential free consultation today at either of our two offices, call 856-881-9600 for our Glassboro Office or 609-886-5700 for our Cape May Office.
Child Custody, Support & Visitation
In any divorce case where there are dependent children, the court will require a child custody and visitation plan. In many cases, especially with older children, this can be worked out without the need for litigation. It is in the best interest and welfare of the children to have both Mom and Dad involved in their lives. And, older children will have input into who they want to live with. Most problems arise in the case of young children with divorcing spouses that are adverse. Young children cannot speak for themselves. Ideally, the parties can reach a compromise. The next issue is child support. The amount of child support is based upon a formula that takes into account the earnings of both parties. The spouse that earns more money will pay more child support. These are complicated issues and require an experienced attorney such as myself. Don’t be fooled by a lawyer that encourages you to fight it out over each and every issue. If you do, you will be in court for the foreseeable future. And, you will need a very large bank account to pay legal fees. This is not smart. It is very important to compromise and to negotiate settlements in as many issues as possible. Yes. Some issues just can’t be worked out. Then and only then do we litigate. Be fair. Be reasonable. Schedule your strictly confidential free consultation today at either of our two offices, call 856-881-9600 for our Glassboro Office or 609-886-5700 for our Cape May Office.
Two Convenient Locations:
Glassboro Office – 530 Greentree Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 | Telephone: 856-881-9600. Cape May Office- 200 Linda Anne Avenue, North Cape May, NJ 08204-Telephone 609-886-5700
If you live in or near any of the following locations, we have you covered. Call today for your strictly confidential free consultation.
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