Divorce Attorney


If you are considering divorce, your life is about to change dramatically. At The Law Office of Jae Y. Lee, LLC we are here to help you through your divorce. This change can be for the better if you take the necessary steps to protect your rights, interests, and assets during divorce proceedings. We can offer guidance in this difficult time to help you and your children face a brighter future. There are situations when a traditional divorce will be more effective or suitable. This may occur when circumstances prohibit the use of an alternative dispute resolution method or when mediation or collaborative divorce is not ideal for resolving the issues. Such circumstances may involve drug or alcohol abuse, an extreme imbalance of power between the parties, domestic violence, an existing restraining order, or tremendous hostility or anger between the parties. Our attorney will help you evaluate your options to determine whether the traditional approach is best for you.

As a divorce attorney, serving Hudson and Bergen County, Jae Y. Lee is committed to providing personalized representation that establishes a tailor-made legal strategy that truly represents each client’s best interests. The Law Office of Jae Y. Lee, LLC will help you achieve your goals by negotiating effectively on your behalf and by keeping any potential conflict to a minimum.

Our legal practice handles a broad range of legal matters involving family law issues. These family law matters include:

  • Divorce
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreement
  • Post-judgment Modification and Enforcement
  • Same Sex Dissolutions
  • Separation Agreements

Our attorney is a seasoned family law attorney who represents clients in divorce matters, whether complex or relatively straightforward. There are various issues that must be resolved when a marriage is dissolved. These divorce law or matrimonial issues may include:

  • Alimony
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Debt Allocation

At The Law Office of Jae Y. Lee, LLC our lawyer is experienced in representing clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. We are sensitive to your goals and to the needs of both you and your children while we effectively seek to resolve your matter in a timely and cost efficient manner.

For a free consultation, call (201) 331-6900. We handle fault and no-fault divorces across Bergen and Hudson County and all of New Jersey from our Englewood law office.


Differences Regarding Divorce

Divorce has been common in the United States for some time now. However, it is also a growing trend in other countries. There are many unique differences regarding divorce laws, cultural views, and rates in eastern and western countries and the following information will discuss some of these differences.

Divorce Laws

A divorcing couple must go through the proper legal channels to ensure that their separation is performed according to the law. However, the official laws surrounding this procedure can vary greatly. In the United States and other western areas there is often no need for any kind of proof that one mate committed some type of wrongdoing. This requirement of legal grounds for the dissolution of a marriage may still be needed in other areas, however. It is not unusual in this day and age for a couple to simply site irreconcilable differences as a good enough reason for ending a marriage.

Cultural Views on Divorce

Cultural views on divorce vary widely. In the United States, divorce is now looked upon in a much more favorable light than it was decades before. Most people feel no need to hide marital problems or to even necessarily search for a solution to them before deciding to end the union. Eastern countries, such as China, were previously stricter about the divorce process. However, in contemporary times many individuals in these countries have become much more open to the idea.

As with other moral issues, trends tend to change over time. This often leads to more permissive views on the most sensitive of subject matter. As we can see, divorce is no different in this regard.

Grounds for Divorce

In New Jersey, you must have grounds for divorce in order to file. You must also have lived in New Jersey for at least one year. It is important to approach your divorce in the proper manner in order to ensure proceedings go as smoothly as possible.

The following are acceptable grounds for divorce in New Jersey:

  • No-fault divorce grounds: You and your spouse must have been living separate and apart for at least 18 consecutive months prior to the filing, showing there is no reasonable sign of reconciliation.
  • Fault divorce grounds: You may file for divorce without living separate and apart for 18 months if fault can be established based on one of the following:
    • Adultery
    • Abuse
    • Irreconcilable differences lasting 6 months or more
    • Desertion
    • Imprisonment
    • Institutionalism
    • Habitual drunkenness
    • Drug use
    • Deviant sexual behavior

Child Support, Custody & Parenting Time

Child support, child custody and parenting time are probably the most difficult and emotional issues that divorcing parents have to face. At The Law Office of Jae Y. Lee, LLC, in Bergen County, New Jersey, our attorney works with parents to work out the details of child support, child custody and parenting time agreements, with the ultimate goal of achieving what is in the best interests of your children.

Child Custody and Visitation

Custody agreements address both physical custody – the rights and responsibilities regarding the day-to-day care and activities of their children- and legal custody – the legal rights and responsibilities associated with the child’s upbringing. In the best case scenario, the divorcing spouses will agree upon these terms on their own and the matter is settled out of court. When an agreement cannot be reached, most New Jersey courts require parents to participate in mandatory mediation session as a further attempt to resolve custody issues. If mediation is unsuccessful, custody will be determined by the court. Visitation, or parenting time, may also be determined using these same methods.

Child Support

Depending on the arrangements made per the custody agreement, non-custodial parents are usually required to pay child support on a consistent basis until the child or children reaches the age of 18. The child support payment amount varies and typically depends on the parent’s income and what are the needs or requirements for the dependent children. If you fail to make these payments in a timely manner, you face substantial penalty. It is important for both the non-custodial and the custodial parent to speak with a Morristown child support lawyer before agreeing to any child support obligation, in order to determine the feasibility of this arrangement.

Separation Agreements

Our attorney assists couples in marital distress with the drafting, execution and filing of legal separation agreements. A separation agreement is an agreement between you and your spouse that is a legally binding and that addresses issues such as equitable distribution of assets and debts, alimony or spousal support, child custody, support and parenting time for the duration of your period of separation and up to the point of reconciliation, or divorce.

Legal separations may be several months or as long as several years. In order to protect yourself, your assets and your family, it’s important to have a legally binding document which lays out the separation settlement terms agreed upon by you and your estranged spouse. This agreement will also serve as the final legal document you and your spouse use towards settling all of your marital issues in the process of getting the final judgment or decree for divorce granted by a judge. It is important to note, however, that the preparation of a legal separation agreement does not mean you must get a divorce.

A legal separation agreement allows both parties to move on with their lives by clearly identifying who gets what property, who is responsible for what debt, and so on. By clarifying these areas, you and your spouse are better able to focus on either sorting out your differences and working on the marriage, or moving forward with your life in preparation for divorce.

At The Law Office of Jae Y. Lee, LLC, our Bergen and Hudson County legal separation lawyer assists couples throughout northern New Jersey, including Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Essex and Union counties with the drafting of legal separation agreements. Our goal is to make the process as simple as possible so that you are free to get on with your life.

Hudson and Bergen County divorce lawyer Jae Y. Lee represents clients in fault-based and no-fault divorces in New Jersey. He can handle negotiations or litigation with competence and an attention to detail that enables him to preserve his clients’ assets while forwarding their interests and concerns. This applies to the key issues that arise in a divorce: Custodysupport, and the division of property and assets.

Contact us today at (201) 331-6900 to see how we can help you.