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New Jersey Family Courts

New Jersey family courts are under the Family Division of the Superior Court. This court hears cases related to the family. Family law cases are heard in the court that has jurisdiction based on your residency, for the most part. State statute L.1983, c.405 established the Family Division of the Superior Court. Accordingly, the Domestic Relations Court and County Juvenile Court have been abolished and brought into the Family Division. Some family law matters the Family Division has jurisdiction over include:

What to expect in NJ family court

The Family Division of the Superior Court functions similarly to other courts in New Jersey. Most family cases are civil cases and resolve disputes related to marriages, children, and domestic partners. Cases are often open to the public. In some cases, courts are closed off when they want to protect the privacy of a child. There is no jury and most cases are decided by a judge. Similar to other NJ courts, each case is documented with a docket number. When you go to court, you are obligated to follow the rules and traditions of that court. You must show up on time and act in a respectful manner. If you are late or do not show, a judge has the discretion to decide against you with a default judgment, except in cases involving military members. Similar to other New Jersey courts, at the discretion of the judge, the Family Division of Superior Court allows pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motions. Parties have the right to appeal judgments. When a court hears a case related to children, they will always have the child’s best interests in mind. Some county family courts offer free childcare for parents or guardians who are in court.

Essex County Family Court

Superior Court of New Jersey – Family Division
Wilentz Justice Complex
212 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 776-9300

Morris County Family Court

Morris County Family Division
Washington and Court Streets
P.O. Box 910 Morristown, NJ 07963
(973) 656-4000

Bergen County Family Court

Bergen County Justice Center, Room 119
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 527-2300

Passaic County Family Court

Passaic County Superior Court Family Part
County Administration Bldg. 8th Floor
401 Grand Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
(973) 247-8459

Contact an Essex County firm that has years of experience working with NJ family courts

The Salvo Law Firm, P.C. serves Essex County and the greater New Jersey area with the knowledge and skill needed to effectively represent clients in family courts. Our attorneys continue to serve our clients with the quality counsel and passionate advocacy they deserve when facing a variety of family legal matters. Our firm knows that every court has different rules, traditions, and culture. We have spent years getting to know and working effectively with all court staff in the superior court in the several New Jersey Counties. If you need quality dedicated counsel, call The Salvo Law Firm, P.C. today. We are ready to assess your family law case and diligently represent your interests in the Family Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.