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Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

Divorce and Family law are highly specialized practice areas that encompass all issues involving both marriage and families. The divorce process can be quite overwhelming. It is imperative that you retain the right divorce lawyer in New Jersey to help guide you through the process. The process of obtaining a divorce in New Jersey can be quite complicated, so it is wise to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to help explain your rights and to protect your interests. The lawyers at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. are experienced in all aspects of family law and know how to skillfully guide you through the complicated legal process in an efficient manner.

The lawyers at the firm are extremely client-friendly and will be there for you to answer all your questions as they arise throughout the process. Going through a divorce is a difficult transition for anyone. A divorce is a life-changing event that is both challenging and emotional. Having the right team supporting you while going through a divorce will in all likelihood vastly improve your quality of life after the divorce has been finalized. The way your divorce is handled has a significant impact on the rest of your life. Secure your future by hiring the right attorney.

There are so many issues that need to be addressed when obtaining a divorce. Some of the questions that need to be answered include do you really want a divorce? Should I act now or wait until the children are older. Can I even afford a divorce attorney in New Jersey? What are my rights? What are my responsibilities? How does divorce work in New Jersey? What will happen with the kids? Am I going to be able to survive financially? The Divorce and Family Law Attorneys at the Villani and DeLuca law firm have over 100 years of combined experience and have been helping individuals obtain a divorce for over 25 years. The law firm prides itself on its commitment to provide all of its clients with personal attention. The law firm will focus on your kids and your family first.

Family & Divorce Attorney's You Can Trust

The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. handle all family law cases, including divorce, in Monmouth County, Ocean County, and throughout all of the state of New Jersey… The family law attorneys at Villani and DeLuca are well-respected lawyers in New Jersey. We understand and take pride in our ability to handle complex and difficult matters on behalf of our clients by combining a strong knowledge of New Jersey divorce law with a devoted work ethic. The cases we handle are very serious matters and everyone is treated with respect and given the attention they deserve. We have extensive experience and training in conducting contested hearings and trials and we are driven to achieve positive results for all of our clients.

Villani & DeLuca is distinguished among NJ family law practitioners in that the divorce attorney works 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., and Of Counsel attorney Jay Turnbach, Esq., of Toms River are two of a limited number of attorneys in New Jersey who have 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 percent of active New Jersey attorneys are certified by the Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.

New Jersey Divorce & Family Law Services

Our team of lawyers has unparalleled experience handling all areas of family law including:


There are a number of different ways to obtain a divorce in New Jersey. Divorces can proceed in either a contested or uncontested manner. A contested divorce typically requires Court involvement. Contested divorces take longer than uncontested divorces and usually cost more money. When going through a contested divorce it is extremely important that you have a qualified experienced divorce lawyer assist you through the process. An uncontested divorce takes place when you get along with your spouse and you both agree to proceed with the processing of the divorce in such a way as to avoid the expense and delay associated with a contested proceeding. An uncontested divorce can be accomplished by way of divorce mediation, wherein the parties agree to the selection of a neutral third party, the divorce mediator, to assist them in amicably coming to an agreement on all issues. Another way to process an uncontested divorce would be for both parties to agree to all of the terms of the divorce prior to the commencement of the divorce filing. Once the terms of the agreement are reached the processing of the divorce is merely procedural in nature and the divorce can be finalized in a cost-effective efficient manner. The New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at Villani & DeLuca can assist you in any type of divorce proceedings


Under New Jersey Law when a couple divorces, the spouse who earns more money may have to pay support to the spouse who earns less. Alimony is determined by the Courts by evaluating the following: the actual need and ability of the spouse to pay, the length of the marriage, the ages of the parties, the physical and mental health of the parties, the standard of living that was enjoyed during the marriage, the earning capacities of the parties, etc. There is no set formula utilized in the calculation of alimony. The experienced divorce lawyers at Villani & DeLuca will be able to assist you in addressing all alimony issues in your case. Make sure you know where you stand on this very important financial issue.

Child Custody and Visitation Rights

Child Custody determinations in New Jersey are governed by what is known as the child's best interests standard. In determining what is in the best interests of the child the following factors are examined; the age of the child, each parent's living situation, each parents willingness to support the other's relationship with the children, the child's preference (if the child is over 12), continuity and stability, etc. There are two types of custody, which are legal and residential. Normally the parties to a divorce will share joint legal custody. This means they will each have an equal say in all major decisions such as the choice of school for the child, medical decisions pertaining to the child, etc. Residential custody is oftentimes contested in a divorce proceeding. Residential custody refers to where the child will live subsequent to the divorce being finalized.

Child Support

Child support is calculated in a New Jersey Divorce by utilizing the Child Support Guidelines that have been established by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Child support is based on a percentage of both parties' income, utilizing a percentage of the combined income to determine each parent's share of the child support amount. Child support is paid until such time as the child is emancipated. The child is entitled to enjoy the good fortune of his or her parents. Should their respective salaries increase after the divorce, the amount of child support may correspondingly increase as well.

Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce is a divorce that allows couples to negotiate all aspects of the divorce without court involvement. The parties to a collaborative divorce sign a participation agreement which is a pledge to not go to court at the commencement of the process. If either party elects to go to court the attorneys involved are compelled to withdraw from the case. Collaborative Divorces proceed by conducting a series of four-way conferences between the parties and their collaboratively trained attorneys. At the conclusion of the process a settlement agreement is signed and the divorce proceeds in an uncontested manner. Founding partner Vincent C. DeLuca is a collaboratively trained lawyer who is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the process.


Mediation is the most cost-effective manner in which to proceed with a divorce. In divorce mediation, the parties select an independent neutral third party to assist them in arriving at an agreement. Typically the divorce mediator is an experienced divorce lawyer who is trained in mediation. The couple engages in a series of meetings with the mediator who acts as a facilitator in assisting the couple going through the divorce in resolving all of their issues. Mediation is a solution-based process wherein no issues are finalized unless both parties agree. The divorcing couple has complete control of the ultimate outcome. This differs substantially from a litigated divorce wherein a stranger, the Judge, makes the ultimate decision of what happens to the parties. The New Jersey Divorce Mediator at the Villani & DeLuca law firm has successfully mediated hundreds of cases in New Jersey.

Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders

In New Jersey victims of domestic violence can utilize the court system to obtain an order of protection against the abuser. In the event a court orders the entry of a final restraining order, the defendant will be fined, fingerprinted, photographed, and have his or her name placed in a domestic violence registry. In order to obtain a final restraining order, you must prove that an act of domestic violence has occurred. The domestic violence/restraining order lawyers at the Villani and DeLuca law firm have both successfully prosecuted and defended hundreds of restraining order cases over the years.

Property Division

The division of marital assets is one of the most important aspects of any divorce proceeding. The marital assets that are divided in a New Jersey divorce proceeding include but are not limited to the following: the marital home, retirement accounts, pensions, vehicles, investment accounts, and personal property. The concept of fundamental fairness controls the distribution of marital assets. The courts consider such factors as the length of the marriage, standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, the income or assets either party brought into the marriage, each spouse's overall economic circumstances, etc., in making the determination as to who gets what as a result of the divorce. The New Jersey divorce lawyers at Villani & DeLuca understand the legal concepts associated with the distribution of marital property. Speak to one of our lawyers to make sure you receive what you are entitled to.

Your Team of Experienced and Committed Attorneys

Villani & DeLuca's Divorce Lawyers are committed to helping people who are going through a divorce. Without question, a divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful times in a person's life. The New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at the law firm will assist you in making the process easier for both you and your children. We have the requisite experience and knowledge to guide you through your New Jersey divorce.

The divorce attorneys at the Villani & DeLuca law practice frequently lecture across the State of New Jersey on topics relating to alimony, child support, divorce, child custody, the division of marital property, and divorce mediation. The divorce attorneys at the law firm frequently attend continuing education classes to keep up with all the latest rules, laws, and best practices in New Jersey divorce law. Members of the firm are active in many organizations including the family law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Monmouth County Bar Association and the Ocean County Bar Association. Partner's Vincent C. DeLuca and Jay Turnbach are one of the few attorney's in the entire Jersey shore area who are certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Matrimonial Law Attorneys.

High Net Worth Divorces

The Villani & DeLuca practice is also well equipped to handle high net worth divorces. The firm has five full-time divorce lawyers who often collaborate with one another in developing the best strategies to pursue in protecting high net worth individuals going through the divorce process. Issues pertaining to inheritances, trusts, the division of restricted stock, family businesses, close end corporations, forgivable loans, capital gains exposure., all require careful analysis and investigation in order to be handled properly

Post Judgment Divorce Issues

The divorce lawyers at the firm also have extensive experience in addressing post-judgment divorce issues. Often after the divorce is finalized there is a need to re-engage the services of a qualified divorce attorney. By way of example, one of the children is about to head off to college and your divorce was finalized years ago and you have a disagreement with your ex-spouse as to how to fund the same, you may need to return to court to address this issue. The Villani & DeLuca Divorce & Family Law Group is composed of New Jersey divorce attorneys who are recognized for their integrity, experience, personal skills, and ability to effectively negotiate favorable settlements for their clients.

Contact a Divorce Lawyer at Villani & DeLuca

Protect your family's future by speaking with one of our five (5) attorneys, who focus their practice exclusively on divorce and family law. Your children, your house, your life. Reduce your anxiety about your divorce by speaking with a lawyer at Villani & DeLuca P.C. today. As no two divorce 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. Attorneys Vincent C. DeLuca and Jay Turnbach are each Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Matrimonial Law Attorneys. Our New Jersey divorce lawyers have the resources and insight to handle high asset divorces and the complexities of child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support.

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