Are you looking for a family law attorney in Northern NJ? Kathy Karas-Pasciucco of Feitlin, Youngman, Karas & Gerson has been a family law attorney in Northern NJ for years.
Family law is a broad practice area comprising of marriage, child custody, adoption, paternity and matters to do with family structure (Skoloff, Cutler & Forkin, 2006). Family laws address controversial issues like abortion rights and same sex marriage and criminal matters like domestic violence and child abuse. The family laws are created by action of lawmakers and courts. For instance, it is not possible for close family members to marry. It is illegal in New Jersey. New Jersey started recognizing same sex marriage in 2013 which was later legalized in the states that had yet to do in 2015. Annulment is different from divorce in that it erases marriage as if it never occurred. Annulment process starts when a spouse fills and files a Complaint for Annulment (Skoloff, Cutler & Forkin, 2006). The complaint contains basic information and grounds for annulment and the other spouse need to be officially supplied with the complaint. The major issues that may lead to annulment are incest, impotency, lack of consent due to alcohol, understanding capacity and drugs. The Annulment can be obtained during the lifetime of the parties and children of annulled marriage are legitimate.
Marriage between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew of whole or half blood is not allowed. To file a divorce in New Jersey, at least one of the parties must be New Jersey resident. To file for a no-fault divorce, the parties should be separated for not less than 18 months before either file for divorce. Adultery, cruelty and violence, drug/alcohol addiction, mental disorders and conviction for crime may lead to divorce. According to New Jersey adoption regulations anyone may be adopted, and a sixth-month home residency is needed before the finalization of the adoption (Skoloff, Cutler & Forkin, 2006). Prior to placement, prospective parents are provided with as much information on the child development and features as is available. Information includes medical history, personality and histories of the child’s birth parents.
Abuse in intimate relationships is common and women are victims in most cases. Domestic violence is the actual or threatened physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse of a person by individuals with whom they have intimate relationships (Veysey et al., 2008). Relationship between two people must be between; marriage, separation, divorce or living together in the same household. Factors like prior offenses or history of domestic violence help to determine the seriousness of the punishment. The elderly can be victims of domestic violence (Turnbull et al., 2015). Abusers can be children or professional care givers. Child abuse includes acts of exploitation, neglect, abandonment and isolation from social contact. New Jersey requires witnesses of child abuse to report to the State’s Division of Youth and Family services. Child abuse constitutes injury, causing risk of death or serious impairment of emotional health and sexual abuse.
Family law often deals with complex issues that are best dealt with by both parties in a collaborative setting. When applicable, we seek peaceful ways to resolve the issues between the parties. Unfortunately, this is not always an available strategy. If your case is contentious, we are experienced litigators and are able to advocate on your behalf to work towards the results you are seeking.
For more information about our family law attorney in Northern NJ, call Kathy Karas-Pasciucco at 201-791-4400.
Feitlin, Youngman, Karas & Gerson, LLC - Your Family Law Attorneys in Northern NJ.