Family Court

Monmouth County Family Court Overview

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New Jersey abolished the Domestic Relations Court in favor of the Family Division of the Superior Court under L. 1983, c.405. Since then, the Family Division of the Superior Court hears all cases related to the family in the state. Some of the legal matters that are heard in the courtrooms of the Family Division include divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, property distribution, child visitation, enforcement orders, modifications, and juvenile crimes. Knowing what to expect when you face one of the issues is in your best interests. If you need a law firm with the experience to represent your needs when facing a court case, contact The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC.

What to expect

The Family Division of the Superior Court hears civil cases related to spouses, children, and domestic partners. When a court hears a case involving children, New Jersey will always act with the child’s best interests in mind. In addition, some courts will be closed to protect the privacy of the child at the discretion of the judge.

The Family Division functions similarly to other courts in New Jersey. Most cases are on the public record. When you go to trial, you must respect the rules and traditions of the court. Every case has an identifying docket number. You must be on time. If you are late for court or do not show, the judge may rule against you in favor of the other party, except for active military members who have special considerations because of their occupation serving the United States. Like the other courts of New Jersey, parties may request motions to help parties through the proceedings until the legal matter is decided. When a court passes judgment, the order is binding and both parties have the right to appeal.

The Family Division differs from other courts in New Jersey because all matters are decided by a judge and not a jury. In addition, the Family Division is open to hear requests for modifications to court orders when a party can establish a significant and unforeseen change of circumstances. When someone does not abide by a binding order, one can request enforcement.

Monmouth County Family Court Information

71 Monument Park
Freehold NJ, 07728
(732) 677-4304
Hours of Operation: 8:30am-4:30pm

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The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is honored to serve Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, and all of New Jersey with legal support focused on family law. Being focused on family law has allowed the firm to gain many years of experience helping clients navigate family law matters. If you are facing a family law matter, contact The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC for a consultation.