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Atlantic County Family Lawyers Your Rights Are Our Business

Atlantic County Family Law Firm Advocating for the Best Interest of Your Family

A county with excellent schools, a variety of communities to live in, and plenty of job opportunities, Atlantic County is a terrific place to raise a family.  

When family legal issues arise, our skilled Atlantic County family law attorneys at Burnham Douglass help to provide sensible legal solutions. Family-related legal issues can be emotionally fraught and difficult to face alone. Our experienced team helps to take the emotion out of your family law case to give you the best chance of presenting a strong case, no matter what the issue might be. We’re proud to serve the families and individuals in Northfield, Somers Point, Egg Harbor, and those throughout Atlantic County and South Jersey.

What Legal Matters Do Atlantic County Family Lawyers at Burnham Douglass Handle?

The skilled Burnham Douglass family law team provides clients with a wide umbrella of family-related legal services. While family law often focuses on divorce and related issues, it also encompasses other areas that affect Atlantic County families.

Many family law issues might involve:

  • Adoption
  • Child Custody and Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Visitation

Family law is a broad area of legal practice that addresses many highly sensitive and emotionally charged issues that affect families in Somers Point, Northfield, or anywhere in Atlantic County. Our experienced family law attorneys at Burnham Douglass provide sage legal services that help you to control emotional family law matters. 

New Jersey Divorce and Annulment

Most divorces in New Jersey are no-fault, at-fault, or annulments. An at-fault divorce does not require a waiting period, and an aggrieved spouse can file for divorce right away. An experienced family law attorney can help to provide supporting evidence showing why the other spouse is at-fault when filing for the divorce.

A no-fault divorce requires spouses to live apart from one another for at least 18 months before filing for a no-fault divorce. The waiting period helps to ascertain whether a divorce is the best solution or if emotions are simply getting the best of one or both spouses.

An annulment simply dissolves the marriage. Once approved, the prior marriage did not exist in legal terms, even if the spouses were together for several years. There are no assets divisions, spousal support payments, or other commonly applied legal matters that would arise in a typical divorce when seeking an annulment. Annulments are not automatic, and require special circumstances to occur, which an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate.

Common Legal Issues with Divorce

Whether seeking an at-fault or a no-fault divorce, many marriages have similar legal issues to resolve. Those issues often involve:

  • Child custody and support
  • Division of marital assets
  • Spousal support

Most divorces conclude within a year of filing, and an uncontested divorce might only take a couple of months to wrap up. The more contested the divorce, the longer it will take.

A family law attorney at Burnham Douglass can help to file well-supported divorce claims that could help to expedite the process. 

Common Child Custody Issues

Even a relatively friendly divorce could become very contentious when it comes to determining matters of child custody.

Commonly child custody issues often include:

  • Joint residential custody that enables both divorcing parents to have one or more children residing with them at different times throughout each year.
  • Sole residential custody, which gives one parent complete custody of one or more children while the other spouse has visitation rights.
  • Joint legal custody, which ensures both parents have equal say in deciding important issues involving their children.
  • Sole legal custody, which gives one parent complete decision-making authority without consulting the other parent.

Your family law attorney at Burnham Douglass can help to diffuse the situation with well-supported claims that address sensitive matters like child custody. If one parent is unfit for any reason, your attorney can help to present supporting evidence that demonstrates why you should have custody of your children with complete autonomy to make important decisions on their behalf.

Family Adoption Matters

Adoption is a great way to grow your family while also helping an unfortunate child. Adoption often proves to be a long process that our family law attorneys can help to go more smoothly.

Burnham Douglass family law attorneys have decades of combined experience in:

  • Agency Adoptions
  • Domestic adoption
  • Foster parent adoption
  • Same-sex couple adoption
  • Stepparent adoptions

We also can help with international adoption if you have a child located in another nation that you want to welcome as a legal part of your family.

Do I Need to Retain a Family Lawyer?

Whenever family law issues arise, an experienced Burnham Douglass family law attorney can help you to understand the legal aspects and how they might affect your case. Retaining the services of a family law attorney who is intimately familiar with the various legal processes in New Jersey can give you the best chance at a successful outcome.

Atlantic County Family Law Lawyers at Burnham Douglass Provide Experienced Legal Help for Important Family Law Issues

Whatever your legal needs are, the knowledgeable Atlantic County family law attorneys at Burnham Douglass are there to help. Call 856-751-5505 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation at our law offices in Marlton and Northfield, New Jersey. We proudly represent clients in New Jersey, Camden County, Burlington County, Atlantic County, Gloucester County, and Mercer County.

Visit our Atlantic County office in Northfield!

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What Sets Our Firm Apart?

The Difference is Clear 
  • Care

    We approach each client with compassion, empathy and care.

  • Experience

    We have an in-depth understanding of the law and how it relates to your unique case.

  • Personal Attention

    We will provide you with the personal attention your case deserves.

  • Flexible

    We offer video, after hour and weekend appointments for your convenience. 

  • High-Quality Representation

    We deliver high-quality legal work because we handle select cases.

  • Dedication

    We have been serving the needs of our clients for over 30 years and are dedicated to your success.

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