Highlands Divorce Lawyer

Highlands Divorce Lawyers

Highlands Divorce Lawyer

Located in northeast Monmouth County, the borough of Highlands overlooks Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean.  With its abundance of natural beauty and historical buildings, Highlands exemplifies the rich maritime history of the Raritan Bayshore coastline.  Fishing has been, and continues to be one of the area’s biggest industries, with countless boats crowding the waters to catch bluefish, striped bass, fluke and whiting.

Getting Child Support in Highlands Borough

The first step in getting child support is to file an application. The Monmouth County Board of Social Services, probation division, or family court provides child support applications.

The attorney at Villani and DeLuca have extensive experience in child support disputes, and can help ensure that your child receives the money he needs. There are several remedies available if your spouse does not keep up with child support obligations. The court may require that deductions be made from his paycheck, tax returns, or lottery winnings. The court may also execute on his personal property, such as his home, car, or bank account. A Villani and DeLuca attorney can assist in any child custody dispute.

Typically, it takes 90 days for a court to enter a support order. Once this order is established, payments begin in approximately two weeks. These time frames vary, depending on the unique circumstances of each case.

Highlands Borough Divorce Mediation Services

Mediation offers spouses the opportunity to settle issues surrounding the divorce between themselves, outside of the courtroom. If you wish to avoid the length, cost, and publicity of the trial process, mediation may be right for you. However, the process is not for everyone. You and your spouse must be willing to work together, communicate, and give ground where needed. If certain issues prove extremely contentious, or you are not willing to negotiate privately, mediation may not be right for you. Vincent DeLuca is certified as an economic mediator by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and can help cooperative couples settle their differences through mediation.

Instead of appearing before a judge in a courtroom, spouses appear before a neutral, impartial mediator. The process takes place privately- not in court. The mediator helps the spouses negotiate the terms of the divorce, including alimony, child support, and visitation. If both parties are willing to communicate, the process can be expedient, inexpensive, and relatively painless. As a court certified mediator, Vincent DeLuca can assist couples through the entirety of the mediation process.

Highlands Borough Child Custody Attorney

Courts in New Jersey consider several factors in determining how custody will be shared between parents. These include:

  1. the parent’s ability to care for the child
  2. the parent’s ability to cooperate in matters relating to the child
  3. the parent’s relationship with the child
  4. the parent’s suitability as a guardian to the child.

Each of these factors takes into account the best interest of the child as a guiding factor. The attorneys at Villani and DeLuca have over 100 years combined experience in child custody issues, and can assist in any custody dispute.

Courts typically prefer joint custody arrangements, whereby both parents can enjoy time with the child and play an active role in his life. However, if one parent is deemed unsuitable, courts may award the other parent sole custody of the child. The non-custodial parent will most likely still be allowed visitation rights.

Experienced Highlands Divorce Lawyers

The law firm of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. has a significant amount of experience assisting clients with family issues in Highlands Borough. Call 732-965-3350 today for a free initial consultation to discuss your issue with a Villani & DeLuca family law attorney.