Our family lawyers are knowledgeable in all areas of divorce and family law in general, always keeping the best interests of your family in mind. We can assist with developing matrimonial agreements addressing separation and temporary support, child custody, parenting plans and issues surrounding the distribution of your property.  Read on to learn more about:

  • Separation and Divorce
  • New Jersey Divorce Laws
  • Divorce Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Alimony / Spousal Support
  • Contact an Attorney

Separation and Divorce

If you are considering separation or divorce due to difficulties in your marriage and want to explore your options, an experienced New Jersey divorce and separation attorney from our firm can help. Contingent upon your needs, a lawyer may examine the following topics with you:

  • Discussion of marriage counseling alternatives
  • Temporary and final separations
  • Establishing grounds for divorce
  • Types of custody and co-parenting plans
  • Child support, including daycare and other expenses
  • Medical insurance requirements
  • Permanent, rehabilitative, or short-term alimony
  • Private schools and higher education
  • Relocation and removal of children from New Jersey
  • Equitable distribution of the marital home, other assets, debts, retirement accounts and pensions.
  • Tax implications of alimony and equitable distribution
  • Payment of your counsel fees

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey divorce lawyer from our firm. An attorney from The Law Office of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson will help you take the next appropriate steps toward separation or divorce, depending on the specific circumstances of your marriage.


As an alternative option to going through a divorce immediately, many couples first decide to enter into legal separation with the help of an attorney while they evaluate their marriage and consider options for either repairing or terminating the relationship. There are many different types of separation agreements. An attorney can help you evaluate the choices that are available to you and your spouse, and pick the separation arrangement best suited to the unique conditions of your relationship.

New Jersey Divorce Laws

New Jersey offers couples both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce; however, fault rarely has any impact upon the distribution of assets or alimony (spousal support) negotiation during the divorce.

In New Jersey, the following circumstances are acceptable grounds for divorce that you will want to discuss with your lawyer if they apply to your marriage:

  • Adultery
  • Legal separation for 18 months (consecutive)
  • Deviant sexual behavior/sexual problems
  • Extreme cruelty (in some cases this is the same as irreconcilable differences in other states)
  • Drug or alcohol intoxication/addition for 12 months (consecutive)
  • Imprisonment for 18 months (consecutive)
  • Reconciliable Differences
  • Willful desertion for a minimum of a year
  • Mental illness institutionalization for a minimum of 24 months (consecutive)


Divorce Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Some couples who are having a difficult time coming to agreements about property division and other emotionally charged issues during the divorce process, opt to proceed through their divorce with the help of a lawyer experienced in divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is an alternative method of dispute resolution that often brings about successful results. During the divorce mediation process, the mediator helps each party to set aside any extraneous emotional issues and focus on completing the tasks at hand. At our New Jersey firm our divorce and separation attorneys are trained in divorce mediation and provide this service to our clients, allowing the divorcing parties to more effectively reach a resolution. If you live in New Jersey and are interested in divorce mediation services, contact an attorney at our law firm for a free initial consultation.


Alimony / Spousal Support

In New Jersey alimony or spousal support is arranged for in some separation agreements or after a divorce in court with the help of an attorney. In most cases the financially dependent spouse, regardless of whether it is the husband or wife, receives regular payments or a lump sum from the other spouse, to help him or her become more financially autonomous. When creating and negotiating alimony, the court takes a wide variety of factors into consideration including the length of the marriage, amount of each spouse’s total income, debt and property acquired, emotional and physical health, the needs of the dependent spouse, employability and earning capacity of each spouse, in addition to contributions to education, home, and career. Based on these findings, the court calculates the appropriate amount of alimony the dependent spouse is to receive.

Contact a Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Contact The Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson in New Jersey for an outstanding divorce lawyer proficient in mediation and all areas of matrimonial and family law. Our firm is proud to have one of the of the leading New Jersey divorce, separation, and alimony attorney teams in the state.

Senior Partner, Mark Gruber, is the lead attorney of the Divorce and Family Law Department, and is joined by Chris H. Colabella, Natalie Thompson and Kristen Montella. Mark Gruber is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys and is a trained matrimonial litigator, mediator, and arbitrator. He and Natalie Thompson are the authors of Family Law: The Basic Guide to New Jersey Divorce with Forms, Court Rules and Statutes, and Tax Aspects of Divorce, which is used to train all new attorneys in the State of New Jersey.

Learn more about the other types of legal services that our New Jersey family law attorneys provide including assisting with child support, child custody and adoption matters.

Family Law, Custody and Child Support Attorneys

Serving clients in and around New Jersey, our family law attorneys handle child support and custody cases. Read on to learn more about family law, child support, child custody and adoption and how our New Jersey attorneys can help you. Family Law: The Basic Guide to New Jersey Divorce with Forms, Court Rules, and Statutes, and Tax Aspects of Divorce

> With a special supplement, NJ Family Law Practice Summary Guide for Trial or Settlement, by Cary B. Cheifetz, Esq. Reprinted by permission of Mr. Cheifetz.

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  • Child Custody
  • Juvenile Law
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Child Support

The parent who retains primary custody of his or her child may be entitled to receive monthly child support payments from the child’s other biological parent. Even if the parents were never married, biological parents have the responsibility to help financially support their children by supplying or helping to afford necessities such as food, housing, clothes, medical care (insurance) and education. When determining the appropriate amount of child support, the court considers each parent’s earning potential, income, monthly expenses and outstanding financial obligations. Our New Jersey child support attorneys can help you organize your finances and represent your best interests during negotiations.

Our family law attorneys can also handle further complicated cases involving paternity disputes, child support payment modification and unpaid child support. In instances of unpaid or “back” child support, you have many legal options for obtaining the money that is owed to you. Depending upon the financial status of the responsible parent, the court may decide to legally obtain funds from wages and tax refunds, and by placing liens on property. The court can also revoke his or her driver’s license or passport for not paying child support. Our New Jersey-based child support attorneys can help you obtain adequate compensation through all available legal channels or adjust your child support payments to reflect any significant changes in financial circumstances.

We recommend that you consult with one of the New Jersey child support attorneys from our firm to help you navigate your child support case and explore your legal options to get you and your child the financial assistance you need.

Child Custody

Determining child custody arrangements and parental visitation rights is often a difficult and emotional period for separating or divorcing parents and their children. Our New Jersey custody attorneys can assist you through out the legal process and help you reach an agreement that meets you and your child’s needs.

Child custody can be categorized as physical and legal custody. When a parent has legal custody, they are responsible for making or helping make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, whereas physical custody (either sole or joint) allows the parent to live in the same residence with the child. If a parent is not given full or partial physical custody of the child, they are most often given regular visitation rights.

When formulating the physical and legal custody agreement that is in the best interest of the child, the courts have many factors to consider with regard to the child and each biological parent including the lifestyle and stability of the environment the parent can provide, the parent’s ability to provide necessities, the strength of the relationship between the parent and child, the parent’s dedication to the physical and emotional needs of the child, available nearby education and, in some cases, the child’s preferred living situation. Each child custody case is different and our attorneys will create a legal strategy that is customized to meet your specific needs and circumstances. You can trust that our New Jersey child custody attorneys are the finest in the state and will provide you with unparalleled legal expertise.

Juvenile Law and Defense Strategies

In our current times, children are subjected to the harsh reality of the justice system sooner than we would like. At our New Jersey firm in Sussex County, neighboring Warren County, a defense attorney can help protect your child’s rights in juvenile courts and civil lawsuits and provide them with the best chance for a successful future. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating and plea bargaining with the juvenile courts to reach an ideal rehabilitation plan, which minimizes the possibility of time in custody and emphasizes alternative methods of rehabilitation such as diversionary programs that may involve counseling and behavioral therapy. These alternative juvenile rehabilitation programs have been proven to result in a lower recidivism rate than custody alone, and are often the court’s preferred form of punishment in juvenile trials.

Promote your child’s best interests and the best interest of your family and contact the juvenile defense lawyers ofGruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson in New Jersey. A criminal lawyer from our firm will provide you with compassionate assistance and aggressive representation to help resolve your child’s legal matters and get them back on the right path.



Contact Our Law Firm

Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson today to schedule your free consultation. Our team of family law and divorce attorneys consists of some of the top litigators in the state.