If a New Jersey spouse mentions to a close friend or family member that he or she is considering ending his or her marriage, the listening party may wind up offering advice. Such advice may range from trying to stick it out and restore the marital relationship to filing divorce papers right away to settle problems, leave the past behind and move on to a new lifestyle. Those who understand how challenging it can be to resolve property division, child support, alimony or custody issues know it is typically best to avoid rushing into things and to carefully research state laws and what the options are in a particular situation before heading to court.

Even if you have a friend who recently divorced, there is no guarantee that your situation will have the exact same outcome. Especially where children are concerned, the court has full discretion to decide such issues on a case-by-case basis. Just because your friend was able to obtain sole custody, doesn’t mean the judge overseeing your case will issue a similar ruling.

Any number of obstacles may arise that delay proceedings or cause you to encounter challenges when trying to accomplish a particular goal. One of the easiest ways to avoid such problems is to seek guidance and support from someone well versed in family law, who has experience handling the types of issues you are facing. An experienced family law attorney can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for mediation as opposed to litigation, and can also help you gather evidence as needed if you’re dealing with a hidden asset problem or believe you have grounds for seeking sole custody of your children.

Cipriano Law Offices, P.C., in New Jersey, is fully equipped to address all aspects of divorce, including financial issues, mediation and collaborative law regulations or any problem concerning property division, custody or support. Your family’s best interests become our priority the moment you request a consultation with our experienced legal team. Ending a marriage is never easy, but it can be less stressful if you know how to exercise your parental rights and protect your children’s best interests in court.