Family Lawyers Based in East Brunswick
No one ever expects they will need a family law attorney or a divorce attorney, but just as life is full of good surprises, it can also throw you a curve with the not-so-good surprises. Perhaps your family’s future, your child’s well-being, your own future or your finances are on the line. Would you choose an attorney who dabbles in a number of different types of law or would you choose an attorney who only practices family law? Attorneys at Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein have been helping families in crisis for more than 20 years. We understand that many of our clients are going through a difficult, emotional time in their lives and we believe we can help alleviate a significant amount of the anxiety, stress and fear associated with family law issues.
Not only do you want a family law attorney who is highly experienced, whose focus is strictly on family law issues and who makes sure you receive a prompt response to e-mails and phone calls, you want a family law attorney whom you can trust. We are compassionate to your current circumstances, while aggressively representing you in a way that takes the unique facts of your issues into account. Unlike many other law firms, Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein use a teamwork approach to clients’ family law issues.
When a complex situation arises, our attorneys meet to analyze, strategize, and, ultimately, reach a consensus as to the best way to protect our client’s best interests while working hard for a positive outcome. When children are involved in your family law issue, you can be certain that we will always act in the best interests of the child. Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein can help you with a wide array of family law issues including divorce, child custody, alimony, domestic abuse, father’s rights, LGBT family law, property division, child support and parenting time.
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About Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein
For almost two decades, Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein has helped New Jersey residents with all their family law issues. Our offices are conveniently located in East Brunswick, New Jersey, just off Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Our family law firm enjoys an exemplary statewide and even nationwide reputation. Edward Weinstein’s reputation as a premier New Jersey divorce attorney resulted in his being invited to contribute on-air legal analyses for major media outlets including ABC’s Eyewitness News, CNN, The New York Times and many others. Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein has served clients in virtually every county in the state of New Jersey and we are highly prepared, focused, and ready to help you and your family during this difficult time.
Our sole focus at Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein is New Jersey divorce and family law and we are dedicated to the single purpose of securing your future. We understand the vulnerable position you may be in right now—we offer peace of mind, clarity and protection for your future. When you have the Weinstein team in your corner, you can be absolutely certain that your assets will be protected, your children safeguarded, and your security and stability made our highest priority. You deserve a bright new future, and the attorneys at Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein will work hard to help you achieve that future.
Attorneys at Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein
As a premier divorce attorney in New Jersey, Attorney Edward R. Weinstein, Esq., is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange and the New York Law School in New York City. Mr. Weinstein has been appointed as a Member of the Supreme Court of the New Jersey District Ethics Committee as well as a Member on the Early Settlement Panel with the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Weinstein has court admissions to the U.S. District Court, the Supreme Court of the United States, the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Trial Courts, and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and the United States Federal Bars. The credentials of attorney Edward R. Weinstein include:
- Member of Phi Alpha Theta
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers
- Former Chairperson and Member of the District VII Middlesex County, NJ Ethics
- New Jersey Supreme Court Certification
- United States Tax Court, District Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
- Middlesex County Judicial Family Lawyers Committee
- Panelist of the Middlesex County Early Settlement Program
- Master and Inaugural Member of the Aldona E Appleton Family Law Inn of Court, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Associate Attorney Alison Sutak, Esq. has a practice exclusively devoted to family law matters, particularly domestic violence actions, child custody and divorce. Ms. Sutak holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Sutak then received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, serving as a full-time paralegal at a matrimonial law firm while simultaneously attending law school. After graduating from law school Ms. Sutak served as judicial law clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court and has been admitted to practice in both New Jersey and New York. Alison Sutak is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association.
Associate Attorney Jessica Arndt, Esq., also devotes her practice exclusively to family law matters with emphasis on child custody and support, domestic violence actions, equitable distribution of assets, pre and post marital agreements, divorce and alimony. Attorney Jessica Arndt earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from Ramapo College of New Jersey and received her law degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Ms. Arndt was employed as a certified legal intern for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and was a member of the Trial Advocacy team. Attorney Arndt is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Pennsylvania State Bar Association, the Bucks County Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association.
Associate Attorney Leslie Martin, Esq., focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including equitable distribution of assets, cohabitation, child support, alimony, divorce, emancipation of adult children, custody rights, parenting time arrangements, premarital agreements, post-judgment matters and domestic violence issues. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Ms. Martin received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to joining Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein, Ms. Martin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Catherine Fitzpatrick, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division. During this time, Ms. Martin drafted orders pertaining to motions for custody, parenting time, child support, alimony and emancipation. Attorney Leslie martin is admitted to practice in New Jersey and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association.
Practice Areas of Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein
Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein focuses their family law practice and is ready to help you in a variety of issues.
Spousal support or alimony—along with child custody and asset division—can be among the most contentious aspects of a divorce. Virtually nobody wants to pay alimony, and, conversely, most spouses would be happy to receive alimony. In the state of New Jersey, there are four types of alimony—permanent alimony is typically awarded when a long-term marriage ends, and one spouse’s income is significantly higher than the other. Limited duration alimony can be awarded in shorter term marriages to temporarily support one spouse while he or her establishes a newly single life. Rehabilitative alimony is meant to provide short-term support for education and training which will allow the receiving spouse to fully support himself or herself. Finally, reimbursement alimony is available for spouses who neglected their own education or career opportunities in order to allow the other spouse to seek education and training for a lucrative career.
As in most states, child custody laws in New Jersey are based on the best interests of the children. Typically, unless a real threat exists from one parent, or the well-being of the child could be endangered, children will spend time with both parents. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make major decisions regarding the child’s education, religion and medical care. Often, parents will share legal custody. Physical custody determines where a child will primarily live. In some cases, parents will share physical custody, however once children are in school, this can become difficult unless the parents live in close proximity to one another. More often, one parent will be awarded physical custody and the other will enjoy visitation rights.
Child support is ongoing payments made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for maintenance of the child or children. New Jersey is among the 38 states which use a specific economic model—called the Income Shares Model—when determining child support amounts. This Model states the child or children should receive the same proportion of parental income they would have received if the parents had not divorced. Unpaid child support can result in an arrest warrant, the suspension of the parent’s driver’s license, voting license or motorcycle license, the relinquishment of a passport, and a court order for the immediate payment of the past due amount.
Divorce can be one of the most stressful times you will ever experience, full of life-changing decisions. You may have to deal with issues related to alimony, division of assets, child support and child custody. A divorce can be contested or non-contested, meaning the couple may agree on all aspects of the divorce or may agree on virtually nothing (contested). It is almost never a good idea to represent yourself during a divorce—you need a strong advocate in your corner to ensure the decisions you make are solid and are in your best interests.
Fathers can feel as though they are at a disadvantage in family matters, particularly in matters involving children. Historically, judges believed mothers were more fit to care for children than fathers, meaning many mothers were unfairly awarded custody based on these stereotypes. Fathers have the same right to parent their children as mothers, and Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein will fight for those rights in matters related to child custody, child support, parental alienation, custody and support order modification, stepchild adoptions and visitation rights.
LBGT Family Law
Today’s families come in all shapes and sizes. Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein strive to perfect their legal services to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in issues related to securing parental rights and adoption so they may enjoy the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. We provide legal services regarding cohabitation agreements, agreements regarding joint assets, palimony agreements, gay/lesbian marriage, custody and child support agreements, surrogacy, reproduction and donor agreements and establishing an equal legal relationship for both parents through non-biological parent or second parent adoptions.
When a spouse and children are victims of physical or verbal abuse, long-term consequences can result. Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein can assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining legal protections such as a restraining order against the abuser. Without proper protections in place, an abusive parent could conceivably obtain custody of the children, allowing the abuse to continue.
While some states operate under community property laws, most states, including New Jersey, operate under equitable distribution laws which means that rather than splitting the marital assets right down the middle, the court looks at a number of factors to ensure the asset split is fair. Those factors include marital agreements between the spouses, the length of the marriage, the amount of property or income each person brought to the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, contributions by either party to the training, education or earning potential of the other spouse, the current income and earning potential of each spouse and whether one spouse has been out of the workforce due to childcare responsibilities.
New Jersey courts hold the belief that both parents should continue to be involved in the child’s life. This means that even if one parent is awarded sole physical and legal custody, the other parent will receive visitation rights. The court may grant the more flexible reasonable visitation where parenting time occurs when it is convenient and reasonable for both parents, fixed visitation which precisely dictates the days and times the non-custodial parent will have visitation or supervised visitation when there has been a history of violence, drug use or alcohol abuse.
Whenever one spouse has significant changes to their life in the form of earning capacity or health, a post-divorce modification may be asked for. A post-divorce modification could also be appropriate when one spouse is not abiding by the terms of the divorce agreement.
How Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein Can Help
If you are a New Jersey resident who is experiencing family issues which require legal assistance, contact Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein. Our firm is committed to helping clients with issues related to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, LGBT family law, domestic violence, father’s rights, property division, parenting time and post-divorce modifications. Our attorneys excel at understanding New Jersey divorce laws and other family issue laws as well as case strategy, however we always focus on the “human side” of the situations our clients face. We can work with you through the stress and emotion which often accompanies family law issues while aggressively defending your legal rights. Contact Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein today.