New Jersey Family Law Lawyers
Family Lawyers in New Jersey Protecting Individuals’ Rights
Family law disputes are inherently difficult to navigate. Not only are they legally complex, but many emotions are involved when you are sitting across from other family members in court or negotiation. At Petrelli Previtera, we have extensive experience with all family law issues, including divorce and child custody disputes. However, our experience is much broader than family separation or the dissolution of marriage.
“When it comes to responsiveness, our firm goes above and beyond for our client. Find out how we balance compassionate and dedicated advocacy with aggressive legal representation.”
Melinda Previtera, Partner at Petrelli Previtera, LLC.
We are committed to helping people resolve their family law disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible, and understand our clients’ need for privacy. For this reason, we always explore alternatives to litigation prior to going to court in order to save our clients time and money while keeping their cases out of the public record. That said, we are aggressive and skilled litigators, and will never hesitate to protect our clients’ rights in court if it becomes necessary to do so.
If you have a family law dispute, you should contact our firm. Our New Jersey family law attorneys will explain your rights to you and come up with a strategy that protects your interests.
Family Law Issues We Handle
Our team has advised clients on a whole host of family law issues, and the following is just a representative sample of our cases.
Our clients face many issues when it comes to adoption, including choices about whether to adopt domestically or internationally and whether to have an open or closed adoption. We can help clients think through their options and then shepherd them through the process.
Grandparent visitation is covered by N.J.S.A. § 9:2-71. This law gives grandparents the right to request a court order to seek visitation when a parent denies it. Unfortunately, the law is not broadly drafted, and grandparents are not entitled to visitation in all situations. Grandparents must show that it is in the best interest of the grandchildren to continue with visitation, and this standard requires the help of a seasoned family law attorney in New Jersey.
LGBT Family Law
Although same-sex marriage is now legal in our state, many couples have not married. When they separate, the state’s marriage laws are of no help; however, other laws might come into play. Issues surrounding child custody can also be complex, especially if children are the biological children of one parent, but the other has not yet adopted. Our New Jersey family law attorneys have served the LGBT community for years and understand the legal challenges couples face.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Not every marriage lasts until one spouse passes. For this reason, men and women should actively protect their rights in the event of divorce with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Our clients use these documents to identify how assets will be divided upon dissolution, along with whether either client will receive alimony. These agreements are also helpful if you are entering a second marriage and want to protect the inheritance rights of children from a prior relationship.
Life insurance law
In today’s challenging economic environment, many insurers are making it harder to get the necessary benefits under existing insurance policies. Any number of issues can arise concerning life insurance, and our attorneys are skilled at advocating for our clients in court or negotiation. If you need assistance with life insurance issues, please contact one of our lawyers.
A last will and testament serves as the cornerstone of any estate plan. In it, a client can identify who they want to inherit their property. They also name a person to oversee the probate process and, if they have young children, can appoint a guardian to serve. There are many online do-it-yourself will options, which generally do not serve our clients well. Meet with a New Jersey family law attorney to properly draft a will along with the rest of an individualized estate plan.
Protecting Your Privacy
Many of our clients are athletes and entertainers or high-profile members of the community, such as business executives, lawyers, and doctors. We understand how much you value your reputation and privacy, and our lawyers always keep these concerns at the forefront of everything we do.
There are many ways to protect our client’s privacy. For example, we can draft “pour over” wills that move all assets to a trust upon our client’s death so that administration can be done privately, outside the eyes of the news media. We can also employ arbitration and mediation to keep family law disputes out of the public eye. These techniques help our clients solve family law issues without drawing needless attention, and our clients value the care with which we handle their confidences.
Why You Should Choose Petrelli Previtera
Starting in Philadelphia, our firm has grown to serve six locations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our attorneys have tackled many of the more complicated legal issues in emerging areas of law, including LGBT family issues. We provide top-shelf legal advice to our clients and can engage in litigation, if necessary, to help them accomplish their goals. It’s important to understand that your choice of an attorney can make all the difference in whether you are satisfied with the resolution to your legal issue.
Speak with a New Jersey Family Law Attorney Today
When you have a legal issue involving the family, you need to contact Petrelli Previtera LLC, today. We treat all of our clients like family and will do everything we can to ensure that you resolve your legal issue to your satisfaction.
For help, please schedule a consultation with a member of our law firm. You can do so by calling our office in Philadelphia at (215) 523-6900 or by schedule a consultation yourself by visiting our website.