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The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. have ample experience handling divorce cases in Monmouth County, Ocean County and surrounding areas of New Jersey. We understand and take pride in the ability to handle complex and difficult matters for our clients by combining a strong knowledge of family law with a devoted work ethic. The cases we handle are very serious matters and all of our clients are treated with respect and given the attention they deserve. We have extensive experience and training in conducting contested hearings and trials as well as divorce mediations. We are driven to achieve positive results for all of our clients.
We are distinguished among NJ family law practitioners in that our attorneys work side by side with financial consultants, so as to more accurately calculate the division of marital assets and the fair payment of alimony. Partner, Vincent C. DeLuca, Esq., is one of a limited number of attorneys in New Jersey who has achieved the designation as a Certified Matrimonial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. To achieve this certification, an attorney must demonstrate considerable matrimonial law experience and proficiency, earn the admiration and respect of colleagues including judges and other fellow attorneys, be a member in good standing of the New Jersey Bar for five years or longer, and pass a written examination on matrimonial law. Currently, fewer than 3% of active New Jersey attorneys are certified by the Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.
Reduce anxiety about your family law and divorce decisions by talking to an experienced divorce lawyer at Villani & DeLuca P.C. today. As no two cases are alike, we do not provide cookie cutter advice. Instead, with our experienced family law attorneys you will receive intelligent, tailored, strategic, professional and effective counsel to protect you and your family’s interests.
Call us at 732-709-7757 for your free consultation. It could be the first step toward a better life for you and your family. We represent families throughout Ocean County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey.
Ending a marriage is very difficult but Mr. DeLuca was very helpful in mediating our agreement in a very fair way. Mr. DeLuca made sure to let us both know the rules and entitlements and help guide us to make good fair decisions. Our mediation was done quickly and efficiently and we are grateful to have chosen Mr. Deluca to work with us. Mr. DeLuca’s paralegal, Sue, was also excellent. Sue was quick to get back to us when making appointments or getting us information. I highly recommend Mr. DeLuca, Sue , and the team at Villani & DeLuca
Vince is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and provides practical and realistic advice. His counsel assisted me in determining my options and my path moving forward. Based on his sound guidance, there were no unnecessary legal fees. I would strongly recommend seeking advice and representation from Vince. He did an outstanding job and I am very grateful.
I would like to specifically commend Vincent DeLuca, Esq. on his tremendous efforts in mediating this matter. Mr. DeLuca was able to assist the parties virtually and facilitate the within agreement, as well as lay a foundation to remediate further issues regarding the parties’ daughter. I on behalf of both parties thank him for his efforts.
Thank you again for being a wonderful lawyer! I know you did the best you could for me. I am very appreciative.
Carmine is a great lawyer who is very responsive, on time, and all around a trustworthy man. I felt I was in great hands from the second I had met Carmine. Again thank you Carmine, as well as the law firm of Villani and DeLuca.
“I want to thank Vincent DeLuca for all his assistance during a very difficult time.
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“I appreciate very much the way you handled my divorce. It is nice to know that it is possible to get through a difficult time with your dignity and sense of humor intact.”
In order to file for divorce in New Jersey a number of forms need to be completed. Those forms consist of a Complaint for divorce, filing letter to the court, Certification of Notification of Complimentary Dispute Resolution, Confidential Litigant Information Sheet, Certification of Insurance, and Case Information Statement. The complaint for Divorce is the document wherein you set forth the grounds for the divorce. New Jersey is a” no-fault” state which means you do not need to say anything bad about the other person in order to obtain your divorce. In addition to the complaint the various other documents referenced above also need to be supplied. The Certification of Complimentary Dispute Resolution form is simply an acknowledgement that you have been made aware that there are other ways to process the divorce besides litigating through the courts. The confidential litigation information sheet is designed to help the courts process and collect payments that you may be entitled to.
The certification of insurance form is designed to let the courts know what all of the applicable insurances that are in place at the time of the filing the complaint for divorce.
The case information statement is very similar to a tax return for divorce court. This statement sets forth with specificity the marital lifestyle. In this statement it is required that you denote all of the marital expenses that are paid on a monthly basis. The courts utilize the case information statement and determine how to both distribute the marital assets and whether or not an award of alimony and or child support is warranted. The filing letter to the court simply sets forth all the documents that are being enclosed along with the complaint for divorce and must also enclose the requisite filing fee.
The simple answer to this question is at the very least you should speak with an experienced divorce lawyer before making the decision as to whether or not you can process your divorce on your own. There are all kinds of issues that need to be addressed in a marital settlement agreement that a non- lawyer may not think of when contemplating a divorce.
Such issues include but are not limited to the following: how to fund college costs for the children, how to calculate child support, how to calculate alimony, what insurances are required to remain in effect in order to secure the alimony recipient that he or she will receive the monies that they are entitled to. It is not required that you have a divorce lawyer in order to process divorce in the state of New Jersey. You can get a divorce on your own. You just need to make sure that you know what you are doing and that you have thought about and addressed all of the potential contingencies that may arise in the future. If such contingencies are not anticipated they could create problems for both spouses subsequent to the finalization of the divorce. In the event your divorce does not involve a lot of complex issues it is conceivable that your divorce can be processed rather quickly and inexpensively. An experienced divorce lawyer can expedite the process for a very reasonable fee if both parties are in agreement as to all issues.
In the event both you and your spouse agree on all issues there is a good chance you will be able to process your divorce on what is called an uncontested basis. An uncontested divorce consists of one party filing a complaint for divorce, the other party filing the appropriate responsive pleading, the parties submitting to the court a comprehensive marital settlement agreement that addresses all issues, the parties also submitting to the court a proposed form of judgment as it relates to the finalization of the divorce, and the parties conducting an uncontested hearing. As you can see from the above even in a divorce case that is amicably resolved there are a number of steps and procedures that need to be followed in order to properly process the divorce. An attorney can help facilitate this process. The cost involved in having an attorney process an uncontested divorce should be quite reasonable. In the event both parties cooperate and the appropriate divorce lawyer is retained, it would not be that unusual to finalize the entire process from the date of the filing of the complaint to the date of the uncontested hearing within a 60-day timeframe.
The honest answer to this question is it depends on the particular facts and circumstances of each case. In a situation where both parties to the divorce agree on all outstanding issues in all likelihood, they will be able to process what is called an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce there are no issues in dispute and there is no requirement that the parties engage in litigation. As a result of this fact an uncontested divorce is the cheapest, most inexpensive way to go through the divorce process. An uncontested divorce proceeding can be accomplished for less than a few thousand dollars. In the event parties are not in agreement and they each decide to engage in divorce litigation, the total cost of the divorce could be quite expensive. If the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own the lawyers will be required to make extensive arguments on their behalf in writing to the court. The average cost for a New Jersey divorce lawyer on a contested case is approximately $10,000 to $15,000. There is another option available for couples who do not agree on all issues but are smart enough to want to avoid the cost associated with a litigated divorce. That option is divorce mediation. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and assists the parties in coming to an agreement on the issues that are initially in dispute. Most divorce mediators do not require a significant upfront retainer in order to begin assisting the parties in resolving their differences. Should you have any interest in pursuing a divorce by whatever means contact Villani and DeLuca today to obtain your free consultation.
A divorce can be finalized very quickly in New Jersey if the parties are able to agree on all issues and they retain experienced divorce lawyers to assist with the preparation and finalization of all paperwork. It is possible to complete a divorce from the date of initial filing to the date of the finalization of the divorce within 45 days if everyone cooperates.
Most divorce cases do not resolve themselves as quickly. The family courts in New Jersey attempt to finalize all divorce filings within one year from the date of the filing of the complaint. Most divorce cases are finalized within this time frame. However, if there exist complex issues such as custody disputes, valuing a business, locating marital assets etc., a divorce could take a few years to complete. Divorce cases that utilize a mediator to assist in resolving all issues prior to the filing of the complaint are the ones that are resolved the most quickly and the most inexpensively.
Anyone contemplating filing for a divorce should be able to get a consultation very quickly. If you are unable to get a consultation at least over the phone within a day or two of contacting the attorney, that may mean that the attorney is too busy to effectively handle any new divorce cases at that particular time. A large percentage of divorce lawyers in New Jersey charge a fee for an initial consultation. Villani & DeLuca offers a free divorce consultation to all potential clients. Make sure you are aware of this fact prior to scheduling. Also make sure you inquire as to how long the initial divorce consultation will be. Some lawyers have strict limits on how much time they will spend on an initial consultation, often this limit is set at 30 minutes. In anticipation of your initial consultation for a divorce, you should make sure you have a list of questions prepared that you wish to have answered by the lawyer. Such questions may include: What is the lawyer’s requested retainer? What is the lawyer’s hourly billing rate? How long has the lawyer been practicing divorce law? Is the lawyer a certified matrimonial law attorney?
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Red Bank, NJ 07701
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