Family Law Attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey
Because family law encompasses such a wide range of practice areas, each and every one of our Bergen County family law attorneys are highly knowledgeable on the laws that pertain to the areas including but not limited to marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, and paternity. Although prenuptial agreements, divorce, division of property, paternity, child custody, and child support, as well as alimony are the most common of these, our family law attorneys are also very up to speed on the ever-changing laws in the least common family law cases in the Garden State.
Speak with Aretsky Law Group, P.C. as soon as possible about your family law case so as to best protect your rights and future. We have been assisting Bergen County residents facing a myriad of different types of family law cases for years.
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When it comes to family law in New Jersey, a family law issue is handled by the Family Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, typically at the county level. The court process varies depending on the case, but we will explain how to go to family court and other information you should know.
Family Court Trial Procedure
What happens at a family court trial?
During the trial the Plaintiff’s attorney will call witnesses that support the Plaintiff’s position. The Plaintiff’s attorney will then examine the witness who will then be cross examined by the Defense attorney. Once the Plaintiff has rested their case, it is the Defendant’s turn to present evidence. If there is a Guardian ad Litem, he or she also participates in questioning witnesses and can also call his or her own witnesses. The Judge may also ask questions of the witnesses.
Once all the testimony and evidence are presented in court, the Judge will deliberate and make his or her ruling, in the form of a written final order or “Decree.”
Family Court Hearing: What to Expect
At the family court hearing most judges will want to conference the case to give you an opportunity to settle. Once you start the trial, the judge may want you to present an opening statement, or at least ask you if you want to.
The plaintiff may put on a rebuttal case to address issues that were brought up in the defendant’s case. After the rebuttal case is over, comes time for Summations. After the summations are submitted, it may be weeks or months before you hear a decision.
Your day in court may really look more like several days depending on your case, which is something important to keep in mind. Although a long progression, it’s sometimes necessary when parties cannot settle their differences. That’s another reason you should call our legal team at Aretsky Law, P.C. We can help make this process go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
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Call Aretsky Law Group, P.C. today at (201) 580-3411 and discuss your family law dispute today. We look forward to making a difference for you and your family.
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