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Perhaps you and your partner are having major issues in your marriage, or maybe the two of you just want to work on your communication skills. In either case, it might be advisable to reach out to a marriage counselor for help. Many people begin looking for a counselor via an online search, and the results all show offers of support, understanding, and help. They all seem sincere, so how do you choose a marriage counselor that is right for you and your spouse?

Choosing a marriage counselor is a big decision. This is a person with whom you will discuss sensitive issues, and you will likely feel vulnerable, so it’s important you feel comfortable with that person. Many couples wait too long to begin counseling. For many, it is a last resort before filing for divorce. It doesn’t matter if your problems are big or small; you need a marriage counselor who is competent and works in the best interest of both parties.

Here are four tips to help you find the right marriage counselor for you:

Choose an actual marriage counselor. There are many different types of mental health professionals, but only marriage and family counselors have special education, training, and experience in helping couples. Any counselor can offer marriage advice, even if their background is in social work or counseling individuals, or even if their experience was as a school psychologist. Those without specialized training often try to use individual therapy techniques or try to diagnose one of the partners as being “the problem” instead of helping the couple as a team. Continue Reading →

Why Would I Appeal A Family Law Matter?

If you feel the judge has made a mistake in your case, you may wish to file an appeal. An appeal may be considered if the trial judge made a mistake in the law or the facts of a case, did not resolve all of the issues in question, did not conduct the appropriate hearing, or abused his or her discretion in the case.

When Do I Appeal?

The big question in determining if it is the right time to appeal is whether there is a final order in the case. A final order is one that resolves all the issues between all of the parties in the case. When a family law matter is final, you have an automatic right to file an appeal. In general you must file a Notice of Appeal within 45 days of the final order in the case, though that number is shorter in certain cases.

If there is not a final order and the case is still pending, there is no automatic right to appeal but you may request permission to appeal. The process for seeking permission to appeal an interlocutory order begins with filing a Motion for Leave to Appeal. Continue Reading →

Going through a divorce is a stressful time in one’s life, so finding a good matrimonial attorney to help you navigate the process is invaluable. Choosing an attorney to represent you in any legal matter requires serious consideration. Often, clients do not know where to start their search, let alone what they are looking for in a good attorney. With over 80,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey, it is no wonder the process for selecting an attorney can be daunting.

Why Choose A Certified Matrimonial Attorney?

The New Jersey Supreme Court established a certification process for matrimonial lawyers to allow the public to be able to find an attorney who has demonstrated experience and knowledge in this particular area of law. With the rigorous requirements that we will discuss in this article, clients who choose a New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Attorney know that they will be guided through a difficult process by a professional who not only knows how to handle the legal matter, but is also well-respected by his or her peers. The New Jersey Supreme Court has certified only about 2% of the more than 80,000 New Jersey attorneys. Continue Reading →

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