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Our clients trust us because we protect them in every aspect of a divorce no matter the level of complexity. Call us today to see how our effective, personalized approach to divorce law can get you the settlement you deserve.
Even a seemingly simple divorce can become complex and contentious, especially with regard to issues such as child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, closely held family businesses, deferred compensation and more. We will take the time to explain the legal framework of your case, and encourage questions about the procedures and law governing it. Knowledge is power. Armed with knowledge and our legal skills, our clients feel safe and confident in pursuing all issues that may arise in their case. We have also found, as have the New Jersey courts, that agreements reached between the parties rather than imposed by a judge, are more lasting and less likely to generate post-judgment litigation. However, when settlement is not possible, we will zealously litigate at the trial level and at the appellate level if required.
As between divorcing spouses, financial issues are the only ones upon which our New Jersey courts will focus. Your emotional needs are not relevant to a judge. When one or both spouses have a high income and have a substantial net worth, the financial issues arising from a complex divorce are less likely to be completely resolved through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. Thus, while we guide our clients through the settlement process that is favored by the Family Part of Superior Court, we are always prepared to skillfully and tenaciously litigate all outstanding issues.
Our New Jersey attorneys have been involved in extremely sophisticated financial matters during the course of our over 35 years of legal experience in family law matters. We are cognizant of the need to explore the tax consequences of all financial decisions made within the context of a complex divorce. Forensic accountants, financial advisors, tax attorneys, and other experts are often employed to ensure that all financial issues are fully identified and thoroughly examined. Our goal is always to ensure that you receive your equitable share of the marital estate. Since New Jersey is an equitable distribution State and not a community property State, your equitable share may not be 50% of the value of the marital estate; it could be more or less.
Cowen & Jacobs have a proven track record of success in Hackensack, Bergen County simple and complex divorce cases as well as those cases venued in other New Jersey counties including Passaic County, Hudson County, and Essex County. For a free and confidential consultation, contact us today.
Alternative dispute resolution is a means of the parties settling issues arising from a divorce rather than having a judge determining the outcome. ADR, which is urged by judges, can limit the amount of financial and emotional stress on the parties and their children arising from a contested divorce. If the parties cannot settle between themselves or with the assistance of counsel, then the court will mandate child custody/ parenting time mediation and eventually economic mediation. The mediator is a neutral third party whose experience and training facilitates a settlement between the parties. All communications are confidential and cannot be used at trial. Only terms agreed upon in writing and signed are binding on the parties and enforceable by the court. Unlike mediation, arbitration is conducted by a private arbitrator chosen by the parties to hear their case in lieu of it being heard by a judge. The arbitrator, who will hear testimony and will render a decision which cannot be appealed by the parties. Collaborative divorce law is another form of ADR. It focuses on a team effort to problem-solve rather than fight. The team is made up of the parties, their attorneys and often child custody and financial experts. Not all disputes can be rectified with ADR. It’s important that you speak with an experienced divorce lawyer to determine whether or not mediation is the right course of action.
At Cowen & Jacobs, Barbara E. Cowen is a court approved family law mediator and trained in collaborative law.
Family law is one of the most complex and emotionally challenging areas of law. There are countless issues and caveats, making each case a unique matter requiring specialized knowledge and skills. All divorces affect more than just the couple; it can also negatively affect their children. This is not in anyone’s long-term best interest. At the law firm of Cowen & Jacobs, while our primary concern is representing your interests and helping you to move forward with your life as financially sound as possible, we also try to mitigate the stress on your children. Both goals are achievable through our experience, expertise and hard work. At the same time we will try to ease your anxiety by keeping you informed of the progress of your case and by providing you with swift access to us during both business and after-business hours via telephone, e-mail and text messages.
You need a winning attorney with the resources, knowledge, and experience required to win on your behalf in divorce litigation or to help structure a comprehensive settlement. Cowen & Jacobs are those attorneys. Our clients choose us and refer their family and friends to us because we have the capabilities, experience, resources, and personal touch that few family law firms can provide.
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