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Family Law Issues

Hackensack Family Law Attorney

Parents Giving Children Piggyback Ride In GardenGuiding Bergen County clients through family law issues

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. has guided clients from Hackensack, Bergen County, and the greater New Jersey area through all family law matters. Though family law issues include the direct impact of a divorce, including child support, child custody, post-judgment modifications, alimony, it encompasses much more. If you are involved in a domestic violence matter, you need an attorney that can protect your rights while you secure a better future. If you are interested in the process of adoption, having an attorney with experience guiding clients through the process is in your best interests. If you are about to marry and are considering a prenuptial agreement, you should contact our firm to help you through it. Debra F. Schneider, Esq. is honored to be a legal resource for the people of New Jersey. If you need quality legal services, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. today.

Child Custody

Unfortunately, divorce a reality for some. When over 50% of marriages end in divorce, children are bound to be involved in some cases. Everyone involved would like to limit the impact of the divorce on the child. Many times, topics like property distribution and alimony are heated and contested. Child custody might be the most emotional topic of all. When parents have worked so hard to establish and continue a positive relationship with their children, the idea that they may not be able to see their children every day may be too much for some to handle.

Child Support

Parents are obligated to support their children. The age that child support should end varies. There are situations in which parents are obligated to support their children through college and beyond. Parents can adjust or terminate child support when their child reaches the age of 18 or becomes financially independent through the court’s declaration of emancipation. New Jersey judges have the authority to order parents to follow a support structure that best serves the needs of the child.

Post-Judgment Modifications

At the conclusion of a divorce, a judge will draft a Final Judgement of Divorce addressing all outstanding relevant matters, including the division of assets, child custody, child support, and alimony. Obviously, courts cannot reasonably see into the future or take into consideration the possibility of a change of circumstances. If circumstances change, a court is open to modifying the order. If you are requesting a modification, you need to establish an ongoing, continuing, and unforeseen change in circumstances that meet the legal standard of the court.

Spousal Support

In order to complete the divorce process, one must consider the topic of spousal support. There are many issues that become heated in a divorce case. Alimony is no exception. Often, parties disagree on who is entitled to what support. New Jersey courts award the dependent party a certain type of alimony based on his or her financial needs and earning capacity. Alimony, also known as spousal support, can be modified as circumstances change.


When families wish to grow and open their lives up to a child in need, adoption is a powerful way to give a child a bright future. Countless families selflessly open their lives and hearts to children who need a loving home. The process of adoption can be overwhelming and complicated. If you are considering adoption, you have a lot to consider about your future. There are many adoption options available and picking the right course for your family is imperative.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence continues to be a major problem in our country. Close personal relationships have the potential for heated arguments and, unfortunately, violence. Domestic violence is a serious situation that affects families from all walks of life. Fortunately, there are several New Jersey laws in place that offer victims of domestic violence the mechanism to protect themselves and hold the other party accountable while they heal and look towards the future.


Normal child custody cases are complicated matters. When the custodial parent wants to move out of state, the case becomes even more complex. In most situations, parents have worked to establish an ongoing and positive relationship with their children. Relocation has a major impact on the child, including a disruption of established relationships, academics, and more. Sometimes, this impact can be quite negative. Even when a parent has sole custody, the unfit parent may be working towards rebuilding trust and mending broken relationships. When relocation comes into play and a parent is facing the thought of his or her child being far out of reach, the topic can be too much to bear.

Family Court

The Family division of the Superior Court hears cases related to the family in the state of New Jersey. If you are involved in a contested family law matter, you will most likely see yourself in the family court with jurisdiction over your case. New Jersey abolished the Domestic Relations Court and established the Family Division of the Superior Court under L. 1983, c.405. Since the change, family courts hear cases related to a variety of legal matters, including domestic violence, divorce and related issues, adoption, child support, custody, and visitation, enforcement orders, post-judgment modifications, and juvenile delinquency matters.

Prenuptial Agreements

When people start their lives together, it is hard to consider a future where they are not married. Many ignore the reality of divorce. When over 50% of marriages end in divorce, more people should consider drafting prenuptial agreements in order to protect themselves. When a marriage ends, they often address the same relevant issues. Though often overlooked, people avoid the topic of drafting a prenuptial agreement because they believe that it starts the relationship out on the wrong foot. This is not the case. Most people will draft prenuptial agreements in order to take the money out of the equation and focus on what is important.

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