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Divorce

One of the most distressing aspects of getting a divorce can be the unknowns. At The Law Office of Agnes Rybar, LLC, I work hard to make the legal issues clear in plain language and clarify my clients' options. Then we create a plan to ensure that we have a mutual understanding of the expectations, risks and costs associated with divorce or other family changes.

Dividing between two households what was once shared can be challenging. New Jersey is an "equitable division" state, which means that a judge will divide marital property between spouses in a manner he or she deems "fair," but not necessarily equally. As my clients' passionate advocate, I work hard to achieve an agreement through settlement, minimizing the need for litigation if at all possible.

Reaching Agreement

Before a divorce can be final, all issues incident to the dissolution of your marriage must be resolved, including:

  • Alimony/spousal support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Property and debt division
  • Visitation/parenting time

Most of my clients are able to reach agreement through negotiation, collaborative methods or in mediation. However, when necessary, I am always prepared to aggressively defend my clients' rights in a contested divorce.

Collaborative Divorce: Outside-The-Box Solutions

Collaborative divorce offers many of my clients a truly cost-effective means to design creative solutions while affording them the guidance of legal counsel. It puts decision-making power in the hands of the divorcing parties rather than a disinterested third party. As a trained collaborative divorce lawyer, I encourage my clients when it is an option, to take advantage of the benefits this process offers.

Mediation In New Jersey Divorce

When couples are unable to come their own agreement, the New Jersey Family Court System requires them to attend a forum called an Early Settlement Panel (ESP). The mediators (called "panelists") consider issues that are unresolved and make a recommendation for a fair agreement, which parties are free to accept or reject. This process may take minutes or hours and clients attend accompanied by their lawyers. ESP does not address matters of parenting time or child custody, which are referred to a separate mediation process. If ESP is unsuccessful, your matter is referred to economic mediation outside of court. If direct settlement negotiations and mediation fail, then and only then, a divorce matter is scheduled for a trial.

Oceans County Divorce Lawyer

Whether your case is negotiated and settled or litigation becomes necessary, I will handle your case with the attentiveness and dedication it deserves, and I will advocate relentlessly to protect your rights and interests.

When you have questions about marriage dissolution or related matters, call our Toms River family attorney at 848-480-1428 or contact us online.