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Family Court

Bergen County Family Court Overview

The gavelGuidance through Hackensack and Bergen County family courts

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.

What to expect from family court

The Family Division of the Superior Court functions similarly to other courts in New Jersey. Family Court cases are civil cases that decide on matters involving spouses, children, and domestic partners. When cases involve children, the court will decide on matters with their best interests in mind. Most cases are on public record. When cases involve children, they can be closed to protect the privacy of the child. In contrast to criminal courts, these matters are often decided on by a judge.

When you go to trial, you are expected to follow the rules and traditions of the court. Every case is assigned a docket number. You are expected to be on time. If you are late or do not show up, the judge can rule in favor of the other party with a default judgement, except in cases where military personnel are unable to show because of active duty. Parties may request motions before the trial, during the trial, and after the trail as is the case in most courts. In similar fashion, when the court passes judgment, the order is binding and the parties have the right to appeal. For family court cases, some counties offer free childcare while parents and guardians are in court.

Bergen County Family Court

10 Main Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Phone: (201) 527-2300
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact a Bergen County attorney with family court experience

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. is honored to serve Hackensack, Bergen County, and all of New Jersey with quality legal services regarding family law. Debra F. Schneider has years of experience working in the Family Division of the Superior Court in Bergen County and all over New Jersey. If you are facing a family law matter, you need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney well versed in the culture of family courts. Attorney Schneider knows what to expect from each experience and how to navigate the judicial system. If you need a compassionate attorney to assess your case and ease you through your legal matter, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. today.

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