New Jersey Family Lawyers with Experience and Sensitivity to Your Needs
Family law cases can be among the most important, emotional, and contentious legal matters that we encounter. For this reason, from divorce to paternity, from prenuptial agreements to visitation rights, you can count on our firm to thoroughly evaluate your case, give you honest answers to your most difficult questions, and aggressively advocate on your behalf. The New Jersey famil law attorneys at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., provide comprehensive family law services to clients in the following types of cases:
- Alimony – If you are involved in a divorce, you may be entitled to an alimony award, which is payment from your former spouse for support. Your New Jersey divorce lawyer can represent you in seeking alimony and help determine the amount and duration of any alimony.
- Child Custody – A child custody case is one of the most emotional and difficult types of cases that you can face. In a child custody proceeding, a judge can determine where a child should live based on the best interest of the child.
- Child Support – As your NJ divorce attorney, we will help you calculate the correct amount of child support in your case. We also can represent you in enforcing, modifying, or terminating your child support.
- College Expenses – In addition to child support, a parent may be responsible for a child’s college expenses. The amount of each parent’s contribution to a child’s college education differs according to a variety of factors set out by law.
- Division of Youth and Family Services Matters – Under New Jersey law, the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) must investigate all allegations of possible child abuse or neglect. As a result, you may need the services of a New Jersey DYFS lawyer to help protect your rights to your children.
- Divorce – Going through divorce proceedings is likely to be a lengthy and emotional process that may involve many different legal issues, including property division, alimony, child custody, visitation, and child support.
- Domestic Violence – Unfortunately, many family law situations involve allegations of domestic violence, which includes any crime committed in a family or dating relationship. Extremely serious consequences such as restraining orders and even jail time can result from situations involving domestic violence.
- Emancipation of Minors – In general, a child is emancipated when he or she turns 18 or graduates from high school. However, a child may not be emancipated if still attending college. You may need the assistance of a NJ divorce lawyer in order to determine emancipation.
- Paternity – When a child is born to unmarried parents, a paternity action is necessary to establish the legal father for the child, as well as child custody, visitation, and child support.
- Prenuptial Agreements – Some people choose to enter into prenuptial or premarital agreements before getting married in order to protect any assets that they owned prior to the marriage.
- Property Settlement Agreements – One of the most important issues in a divorce proceeding is the division of property. In many cases, the spouses can more easily reach a property settlement agreement with the help of a New Jersey divorce attorney.
- Visitation Rights – In any divorce or paternity proceeding, one parent typically receives primary physical custody of a child, and the other parent will have visitation rights to the child. A NJ divorce attorney can help you explore and pursue various visitation and custody scenarios.
At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., our NJ divorce attorneys can assist you in any type of family law situation. Contact our offices today for a consultation regarding your family law matter, and get the legal representation and advice that you need.
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When Should You Speak with a New Jersey Family Attorney?
When dealing with a family-related issue, it can be difficult to know whether you need professional help. In addition, the prospect of hiring an attorney can be intimidating for many people. So, if you have questions or concerns, or if you simply don’t know where to go for help, when is the right time to speak with a New Jersey family attorney?
While everyone’s circumstances are different, the simplest answer to this question is: If you think you might need a lawyer, you probably do. From establishing (or disputing) paternity to going through a divorce, family-related legal issues tend to be extraordinarily complicated. With this in mind, the following is just a small sampling of situations in which an experienced New Jersey family attorney can help you:
- You are preparing to get married and you think you could benefit from having a prenuptial agreement, or your fiancé has asked you to consider a prenup
- You are considering a divorce (even if you think that you and your spouse are on the same page)
- You need to modify your existing child custody, child support, or alimony arrangement
- You need to establish paternity as a mother or father, or you need to challenge a claim of biological parentage
- Your child is seeking to be emancipated, or you are a minor or a guardian of a minor seeking emancipation
- You or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, child abuse or child neglect
How Can a New Jersey Family Lawyer Help You?
So, those are some examples of when an attorney can help. Now, how can a New Jersey family lawyer help you? At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., we assist our clients by:
1. Explaining the Issue(s) at Hand
First and foremost, we listen. In order to understand your situation, we need to learn the facts from you. Your attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. will ask you questions to gather all of the pertinent details, and then your attorney will clearly explain the legal issue(s) at hand.
2. Discussing the Options that are Available
Once we explain the issues, then we will discuss the options that you have available. While some situations call for specific courses of action, oftentimes there will be multiple options available.
3. Talking about Costs
We understand that cost is a concern for our clients, and we are more than happy to be up-front about our fees. During your initial consultation, your attorney will explain what you can expect in terms of the costs of our legal services.
4. Making a Plan to Move Forward
If you decide to engage our firm, we will develop a strategic plan for moving forward. This plan will be based on your specific needs and circumstances, and it will be focused on achieving a positive result as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Contact Us for a Confidential Initial Consultation with a New Jersey Family Attorney
If you are ready to speak with a family law attorney, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule a confidential initial consultation at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., please call 877-435-6371 or tell us how we can help online now.