Questions About Child Custody Trials
If you are going through a contested divorce with children involved, you may have a few questions about child custody trials. Namely, will my case go to trial? We understand why you may be so concerned. The courtroom can be a stressful and nerve-racking environment, but that is where our experienced Jersey City family law attorneys excel. We are prepared to go to trial for your case, and we will make sure that you are too. Contact our office today if you have any questions.
Questions About Child Custody Trials | Will My Case Go to Trial?
Most divorce cases in New Jersey never make it to trial. However, the ones that do usually concern disputes over child custody. If the parties come to an agreement, one party can waive his or her right to an appearance, avoiding the need to go to court. Some New Jersey counties allow settlement without either party appearing in court. If there is a “default” case, when one party doesn’t answer the other party’s complaint, the filing party would have to make a very brief appearance in court to enter facts into the record before the judge comes to a decision.
Questions About Child Custody Trials | Can I Appeal the Results of My Trial?
In New Jersey, you have 45 days to appeal the verdict of a case. If you appeal, the Appellate Court will take on your case. The Appellate Court may “vacate,” or make legally void, the judge’s decision in your case. If you do not file an appeal within the 45-day window, the Martial Separation Agreement (MSA) spelling out the terms of your divorce will be final and cannot be overturned. You can revise an MSA and negotiate new terms, but that requires the cooperation of your former spouse.
To sign up for a free case evaluation, or to learn about your child custody rights, contact our northern New Jersey child custody attorneys today. For your convenience, we accept credit cards and offer evening and weekend appointments. Freeman Law Center, LLC is fully staffed with bilingual paralegals that are ready to assist you through every step of your case.