Family Law

Domestic and Family Law

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relationships, such as divorce, child custody and adoption. Some family law attorneys even specialize in paternity, emancipation, or other matters such as domestic violence. Please read our blogs for more information or the latest news on domestic issues.
  • RELOCATION WITH CHILDREN AFTER DIVORCE – In and Out of State
    on January 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    If a custodial parent decides to relocate after divorce to a distant location which affects parenting time, in contested cases, the best interest of the children is the factor that the Court will rely upon for making its decision. As long as both parents have legal custody, the Court treats each parent equally in regard Read More

  • Responsibility
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    “My name is on the bank account that I accrued during the marriage so if I got divorced, my husband wouldn’t get it. She charged $40,000.00 on credit cards only in her name for stuff I never approved: fancy clothes, purses, etc. It is ruining my marriage. I want to get divorced. Shouldn’t she have Read More

  • Your Divorce Attorney Should Present the Best and Worst-Case Scenarios Prior to Appearing before a Judge
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    In my opinion, I think this is good lawyering when you say to the client, “Look, this is your best day in court. This is your worst day in court.” It is possible to calculate what the best award is and what the worst award is that you can get from the judge because there Read More

  • The New Jersey Parentage Act
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Mothers and fathers have a lot to consider when they conceive a child. Sometimes a couple is in an ongoing relationship like a marriage. Very often they are not. The child might be unexpected and the couple might be estranged. These are difficult circumstances for all involved, the mother, father, and the child. Under these Read More

  • Divorce in the U.S. When You Are from a Different Culture and Country
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    At Helfand & Associates, our experienced family law attorneys handle many divorces and family court matters for people of different cultures and nations. We have helped people/immigrants from India, various middle eastern countries, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, China, Holland, Vienna and Israel to name a few. Our office is located in Morris County. Many clients Read More

  • What Does It Mean When Your Name Is on a Piece of Property or on a Debt?
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    People have many misconceptions about property ownership and debt. If your name is on a piece of property or a debt, the legal result is very different in Divorce Court vs. Civil Court or Bankruptcy Court. In a marriage/divorce situation in New Jersey, property acquired during the period of “coverture” – from date of marriage Read More

  • Divorce – Married Taxpapers Filed Joint Tax Return – IRS – Innocent Spouse
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Helfand & Associates, matrimonial attorneys at 575 Route 10 East, Suite 1, Whippany, New Jersey, can assist you with identifying issues that can provide innocent spouse relief from taxes. Usually there are lower taxes if married spouses file joint tax returns. When parties divorce, if money is owed on prior joint tax returns, both parties Read More

  • Looking At College Costs
    on January 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Until recently, it was a logical concept a college: education or a graduate education would “automatically” get you a better job, which obviously, would enable you to move forward in life to have financial stability and growth. This is no longer an “automatic” conclusion. However, statistically, college graduates will earn more than those who do Read More

  • TO VACATE OR MODIFY A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER
    on January 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    A final domestic violence restraining order is granted by the court after a trial in which the Court determines by a preponderance of evidence that an act of domestic violence took place. There is no consent to restraining orders in New Jersey. The Order is granted to protect the victim and can include but not Read More

  • DIVORCE – CUSTODY, PARENTING TIME & SUPPORT CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS; ASD
    on November 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the country. This may be because there is greater awareness, more educational and diagnostic services so more children are being evaluated. Parents play an integral part in their children’s development. Children with special needs in New Jersey must be provided a free appropriate public education provided Read More

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