New Jersey Divorce

Legal Representation for Staten Island Residents

When you've decided that your marriage is untenable and that divorce is your best option, it is often an emotionally difficult time. The process of divorce can be confusing in and of itself, but if you live on Staten Island and are trying to obtain a New Jersey divorce, you will want specialized legal attention. Adelola Sheralynn Dow is an experienced Staten Island divorce attorney who is licensed in both New York and New Jersey.

Unlike other lawyers who just have the license, Ms. Dow knows New Jersey. I have practiced in the state and was the Court Attorney to the late Judge Paul A. Kapalko, the Former Presiding Judge of Monmouth County Superior Court, Family Part. Don't hire someone who doesn't know New Jersey to handle your divorce!

Differences in New Jersey and New York Divorce Law

If you live on Staten Island but are pursuing a divorce in New Jersey, it is extremely important that you are represented by a capable Staten Island divorce lawyer who understands the nuances of the law and the unique challenges men face when divorcing. New York and New Jersey have different laws regarding grounds for divorce.

Some of the dissimilarities are:

  • Under New Jersey law, you can divorce on the grounds of an 18-month separation, as opposed to a 12-month separation in New York.
  • New Jersey allows you to divorce if one of the parties had voluntarily developed an addiction to a narcotic drug or if one partner has been habitually drunk for more than a year after the marriage.
  • Grounds for divorce in New Jersey include "Deviant sexual conduct voluntarily performed by the defendant without the consent of the plaintiff." These are not grounds in New York.

The differences in the state laws do not end at the causes for divorce. If you are a father considering a divorce, it is likely your utmost concern how you will be impacted by child custody and child support laws, what you are entitled to under equitable distribution, and whether you will pay or receive spousal support. For example, although both New York and New Jersey have equitable distribution laws, New Jersey courts consider at least 15 factors when deciding the outcome. In New York, there are only 13 factors considered. Your family, your finances, your life are all going to be affected by your divorce. Ensure that your lawyer knows all of the intricacies of and differences in the law and practices if your divorce is in New Jersey!

Do You Need a Staten Island Divorce Lawyer for Your Case?

We are experienced and highly respected attorneys who have assisted numerous individuals from Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Staten Island, and throughout New York and New Jersey.

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    A CFL is not just an attorney; they are professionals who have undergone extensive training in handling the financial aspects of legal issues, especially those related to divorce and complex financial matters. Certified financial litigators have completed comprehensive training and achieved a passing grade on the CFL Exam, ensuring they are well-versed in all aspects of financial law. Choosing an attorney with a CFL certification means you're opting for an expert with a deep understanding of financial issues that may arise during legal proceedings. These attorneys can provide advice and guidance based on a thorough knowledge of financial concepts and regulations.

  • Where Can I File My Divorce Paper Work?
    If you are currently engaged in an uncontested divorce then you can file your divorce papers at the County Clerk’s Office, or online using theĀ New York State Courts Electronic Filing System. However, many times this isn’t the case and you need an attorney that will guide you through your divorce. Contact my firm today for more information.
  • What Are Grounds for Divorce in the State of New York?
    In New York any of the following reason will qualify you for a divorce: complete marital division (no-fault divorce) for a period of at least 6 months, abuse, abandonment, prison time, cheating, or a period of legal separation.
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