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New Jersey Family Law Information

More than 67 percent of newlyweds believe the most serious conflict in their first year of marriage is over money.

New York and New Jersey Family Law Attorney

For over 35 years, The Kridel Law Group has advised clients on financial and child custody issues related to divorce. The firm also is highly experienced in representing victims of domestic violence, as well as clients who are accused of domestic violence in connection with a divorce proceeding.

We offer the individualized attention you'd expect from a small law firm, along with the depth and breadth of experience found in the largest, most sophisticated law firms. Our experience and state-of-the-art legal technology allow our lawyers to deliver family law solutions for our clients that are both successful and cost-effective.

The following provides general information about family law. To consult an attorney about your case, please contact our family law attorneys.

Our family law lawyers serve clients in New Jersey and New York, including Clifton, Paterson, Passaic, Totowa, Wayne, Little Falls, Hackensack, Paramus, Newark, Montclair, Nutley, Morristown, New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and the counties of Bergen, Morris, Essex and Passaic.

Family Law — An Overview

Family law is the term applied to the laws and rules developed regarding family relationships. Family law rules define not only the relationships between members of a family but also between a family and society as a whole. More than any other area of the law, family law reflects the values society shares regarding how people who are related should treat each other. When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of a family law attorney often prove crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of your family law matter.

Typically, family law attorneys assist people in making and breaking family relationships. Specific areas of representation include marriage and relationship planning, divorce, paternity, child custody, and child support. Some family law attorneys also provide assistance in the area of adoption.

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Child Support

There are millions of divorced parents who pay or receive child support. Federal legislation and uniform state laws exist to make enforcement and collection of child support easier for America's single parents. Because every state uses its own guidelines for establishing child support and each has various methods to set support amounts and recover support when it is overdue, it is often important to consult with a family law attorney who is familiar with the child support guidelines and child support enforcement laws in your state. If you have questions about the child support laws in your state, the rules for child support collection and enforcement that apply to your particular situation, or the process to establish paternity, contact a family law attorney at our firm to schedule a consultation.


Deciding to pursue divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions you will ever make, particularly if you have children. Divorce also involves financial matters that must be resolved and legal issues that must be addressed. A family law attorney at our firm can help you to understand the basic issues involved in divorce and to use a rational approach to the divorce process.

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Custody and Visitation

When parents divorce, it is important to learn about the child custody and visitation options that are available and the legal standards that apply. In many cases, divorcing couples can ultimately agree on custody and visitation issues without the need for a court order. When an agreement cannot be reached, knowledgeable advice and representation from a family law attorney can often make the difference.

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Marriage is a voluntary, private contract between two adults. While it is a personal and emotional commitment, it is also a legal relationship that changes the legal status of both parties. A family law attorney at our firm can help you to understand the legal technicalities of marriage.

Family Law Resource Links

American Bar Association — Family Law Section

The ABA's Section of Family Law's Website is designed for general use by the public. The Website contains tables and summaries addressing differences in state laws and requirements for divorce, child support, and other important family law issues.

The Legal Information Institute – Family Law

The Legal Information Institute (LII) is known internationally as a leading provider of public legal information. The LII's Family Law section contains statutes, case law and articles covering a variety of family law topics.

Office of Child Support Enforcement

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is the division of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) responsible for administering the Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE). The CSE is a federal/state/local partnership to help families by promoting family self-sufficiency and child well-being. The CSE offers services related to locating noncustodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders and collecting support payments. The CSE also offers services for noncustodial parents.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC), the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Children's Rights Council

A nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids experience the frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with two parents and extended family that a child would normally have during a marriage.


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