Matrimonial Attorneys – Poulos LoPiccolo PC

Divorce Lawyers

Matrimonial & Family Law
Poulos LoPiccolo matrimonial attorneys have a significant amount of experience in all facets of matrimonial law including:

  • Divorce and mediation
  • Custody and parenting time issues
  • Visitation rights
  • Post-judgment enforcement and modification applications including alimony and child support
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation and property settlement agreements
  • Adoption and guardianship advice
  • Domestic violence and sexual abuse

Divorce
We understand that divorce affects the entire family as well as people from all walks of life. At Poulos LoPiccolo, we handle divorce proceedings that range from relatively simple to highly complex. People who earn high income and have significant property and assets often encounter complexities involving property and alimony settlement agreements. Our attorneys can work through these complexities and ensure your rights, your future and your marital contributions are fully considered throughout the process. We also understand that efficiency matters and we handle divorce matters as efficiently and cost effective as we can.
If you would like to arrange your consultation to discuss your specific divorce concerns, please call us at 732-757-0165.

Domestic Violence
Domestic Valence is defined as harmful acts used by one person to control the other. These acts may include physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, intentional isolation and/or financial control. The abuser may be a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend or someone the person has had a past dating relationship with. The abuser also can be someone in a position of authority, like a caretaker or even a parent. Domestic violence can occur regardless of the ages or sexual orientation of the victim and abuser and happens across all races, ethnicities and religions.
Under the New Jersey Code, domestic violence is defined as the commission of one of the following crimes against someone protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19):

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Criminal mischief
  • Criminal restraint
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Criminal trespass
  • False imprisonment
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Lewdness
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic threats

If you believe one of the enumerated crimes were committed against you, we can help you obtain a temporary restraining order (“TRO”). Once you obtain a TRO, the Court will schedule a trial to determine if a final restraining order is necessary. To obtain a final restraining order, you need to prove the following:

  1. You qualify as a Victim under the act (NJSA 2C:25-19);
  2. The aggressor committed one of the above listed acts of domestic violence (NJSA 2C:25-19(a); and
  3. The existence of some or all of the following factors (NJSA 2C:25-29a):

 

  • The previous history of domestic violence between the plaintiff and defendant, including threats, harassment and physical abuse;
  • The existence of immediate danger to person or property;
  • The financial circumstances of the plaintiff and defendant;
  • The best interests of the victim and any child;
  • In determining custody and parenting time the protection of the victim’s safety; and
  • The existence of a verifiable order of protection from another jurisdiction.

Attached here CESARE vs CESARE is an informative case discussing these issues.

If you would like to arrange your consultation to discuss your specific divorce or family matter concerns, please call us at 732-757-0165.