New Jersey Divorce Guide

A comprehensive free guide to divorce and family law in the State of New Jersey.

Family Law

4. More Topics

>> How to File a Motion.

A step-by-step walkthrough of every Court Rule relevant to filing a motion for relief from the Court.

>> Enforcing Court Orders.

The law governing how to enforce a Court Order, including the available remedies (monetary sanctions, incarceration, etc.) to compel compliance and to obtain reimbursement of counsel fees and costs incurred.

>> Applications for Emergent Relief (Orders to Show Cause).

The process and law governing requests for emergent relief from the Family Part of the Superior Court. Sometimes, you simply cannot wait for a motion to be heard. In a true emergency, there is a path forward. But while relief is available on short notice, it is much more difficult to obtain.

>> Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders.

Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the Court has the authority to issue Temporary and Final Restraining Orders to protect victims of domestic violence from immediate danger or to prevent further abuse. Learn about what constitutes domestic violence and the process of obtaining a restraining order in New Jersey.

>> Enforceability of Settlement Agreements.

Wonder whether your agreement is enforceable? Here is the place to find out. The Guide address enforcement of settlements and the strong public policy in the State of New Jersey regarding the stability and enforceability of negotiated resolutions to divorce and family proceedings.

>> Prenuptial Agreements.

The Guide discusses prenuptial agreements, including which law will apply depending on the signing date, what you can agree to, what you can’t agree to, and the circumstances in which a prenuptial agreement will be deemed unenforceable.

>> Name Changes.

Want to change your last name? How about your child’s last name? The Guide covers the law governing how the Court will treat your name change request in the divorce context.

>> Additional Resources.

A wide-ranging compilation of free and paid resources available on the internet for further research.

Not every topic in the divorce context fits neatly into the categories already addressed. That doesn’t mean, however, that those topics are unimportant. The object of the New Jersey Divorce Guide is to comprehensively survey the law of divorce in the State of New Jersey. Therefore, I have added a variety of sections to cover critical issues and procedures in a divorce process, including how to file motions, applications for emergent relief, the enforceability and interpretation of settlement agreements, the law governing prenuptial agreements (including the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act), name changes for both you and your children, and links to a wide range of additional high-quality resources that can help you through the process.

As always, if you have additional questions, comments, or suggested additions to the Guide, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Andrew M. Shaw, Esq. - Somerville, NJ Divorce Lawyer

Andrew M. Shaw, Esq. is the author of this New Jersey Divorce Guide and the founder of Shaw Divorce & Family Law LLC in Somerville, New Jersey.

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  • American Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Appellate Practice Special Committee
  • Somerset County Family Law Practice Committee
  • MENSA International