The lawyers of DeTorres & DeGeorge practice in the areas of divorce, New Jersey family law and estate planning. This practice area includes a broad range of issues and topics, including:
- Prenuptial Agreements – An agreement with your fiancé to protect your assets and income should your impending marriage fail.
- Divorce – The dissolution of marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
- Separation – An arrangement where a couple remain married but live separately.
- Child Custody – Who will make the major decisions for your children concerning their health, safety and welfare? With whom will your children primarily live?
- Parenting Time After Divorce – What will the schedule be for you to spend time with your children overnight, on holidays and during school recess periods? Who will transport the children to and from parenting time?
- Child Support – This includes payments from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to support the children but can also include payments for extra-curricular activities, out of pocket medical expenses, etc.
- Spousal Support & Alimony – This is a payment made to a dependent spouse intended to assist the dependent spouse to satisfy their budgetary needs for a determined period of time or on an open durational basis.
- Distribution of assets and debts – We call this equitable distribution and it involves dividing assets and debts fairly between spouses. This also includes an analysis and determination of whether certain assets or debts are exempt from equitable distribution because they were acquired before the marriage, inherited or for some other reason that might insulate them from distribution.
- Distribution of businesses and stock or stock options – When a divorce involves a business or an executive compensation package you need an experienced attorney who understands issues relating to valuation, taxability, vesting schedules and the like. A business, stock or stock option that was acquired during the marriage is distributable in the divorce.
- Payment of counsel fees – How will you pay your counsel fees to obtain a divorce? From what source of funds may you draw the funds needed to retain an attorney? These are questions we can help you answer.
- Enforcement of settlement agreements or court orders – We generally try to gain the cooperation of the offending party by consent but if that fails, then an enforcement application is the avenue to pursue to compel cooperation with the terms of a settlement agreement or court order.
- Modification of support or custody due to changed circumstances – Changed circumstances can take many forms including a reduction of income or loss of employment, the passage of time since a support order was entered, changes in health or disability, changes in the needs of children, and children attending college. Regardless of the change in issue, if it is a material change, we can assist you in seeking a review and modification of pre-existing orders.
- Relocation cases – If you wish to relocate with your children out of state, you may only do so with the consent of the non-custodial parent or by court order. These cases are often complex and require a thorough analysis of all of the facts and circumstances before heading off to court.
- Payment of college expenses – In New Jersey, courts recognize the obligation of both parents to contribute to their children’s college expenses, within their ability to do so. If parents cannot agree on how to apportion college expenses for their children, we help by analyzing all of the financial circumstances and charting the best course to maximize results.
Moving forward begins with us. The lawyers of DeTorres & DeGeorge have a proven track record of achieving the results other lawyers can’t.