Can I Switch Judges?

Switching Judges During A Divorce

shutterstock_148390613Sometimes during the divorce process, one of the parties involved may decide that for some reason, they do not like the judge that is working on their case and begin to wonder if they can get a new judge appointed to their case.

In most cases, the answer is no. It is extremely rare for judges to be switched during a case unless you can prove in some way that the judge that is assigned to your case is ruling in a biased manner. Although you may believe that your judge is having a conflict of interest, it is going to be very difficult to actually prove that this is the case. It is very rare that judges actually do change during the divorce as much as you may want them to change.

When a divorce complaint is filed in New Jersey, there is a docket number given to that case and a specific judge is generally assigned to that docket number. During the divorce process, that is the same judge that would make most of the decisions in regards to a case.  The judges do change, but parties cannot change judges because they decide that they do not like what the judge said or did. That would not allow a party to change judges.

If you feel as though the judge that is working on your case is not meeting the standards that you expect from them, it is important to make sure that you seek legal counsel from an attorney who has a lot of experience with situations similar to yours.

The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation.