Family Law

Family Law

Dealing with legal situations that affect your family can be overwhelming for many people. Every family law case is different, because every family is different. At Mavinkurve & Patel, we devote our full time and resources to our family law practice. Our goal is to recognize each client’s needs at a vulnerable & often sensitive time while being attentive and responsive to these needs. Family law matters encompasses a broad range of issues which can present financial as well as emotional issues. Our lawyers are committed to helping families resolve their disputes and rebuild their lives. At Mavinkurve & Patel, we provide assistance with a broad range of matters related to family law


A divorce can be the most stressful and difficult time in a person’s life. The emotional stress, family uprooting, and financial uncertainty can create hardship for any family. At Mavinkurve & Patel, we are focused on helping our clients protect their rights and move forward after divorce. With strategy, foresight, and an in-depth knowledge of the law, we can provide the counsel and advocacy you need to successfully resolve your dispute. Our customized solutions may provide you with the long-lasting legal protection that you need. Mavinkurve & Patel’s experienced divorce attorneys understand the toll a divorce can exert on a family and seek to make it go as smoothly as possible. Negotiating a friendly settlement is our first priority, but we will not hesitate to assertively litigate if necessary. You can be confident in the support of our legal team and be rest assured that when you choose to work with our firm, your case and future are in good hands.


For most parents before, during or after a divorce, the future of their child is an extraordinary priority. Child custody determines which parent will have more or less decision-making authority for the child. New Jersey recognizes two types of custody — residential and legal. Residential and legal custody may be granted exclusively to one parent (sole custody) or divided in some other way (joint or split custody). Many parents also face the uncertainty about the financial obligations and resources they will have to raise their child. If you have children, ensuring that they are as well-supported as possible, both financially and emotionally, is your top priority. Therefore, It is also extremely important that a child support settlement is reached that will both protect your children’s needs and your own ability to support yourself. Reaching a settlement can be accomplished through negotiations, mediation or an application to the Court. When you retain our firm, we help you understand child custody-related issues as well as child support settlements.


Coming to an agreement on the division of property in a divorce can be a difficult task. When money, the family home and personal items are at issue, it can be difficult for divorcing spouses to come to an agreement. Some couples are able to come to an agreement on property division on their own, through mediation or through the attorneys negotiating. Others may need to proceed to court to have a judge make a final decision. In either case, our attorneys can provide the representation you need to ensure that your financial interests are protected.


When a marriage ends in divorce, it is sometimes appropriate for one spouse to pay alimony to the other. Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, can be permanent or temporary, depending on a number of factors. If you are involved in a divorce proceeding, you may have concerns about spousal support. In New Jersey spousal support is not automatically granted in a divorce proceeding. Instead it is discretionary with the court, who will examine a variety of factors. Contact our firm at once to discuss your spousal support or alimony concerns. Our firm prides itself on personal service, prompt communication and individual attention. Trust us to aggressively fight to protect your best interests through divorce.


Changes are a natural part of life and alterations to one’s schedule, budget and domestic situation are unavoidable. In the years following a divorce, changes that affect finances, custody and residency sometimes require the modification of an existing court order. Many family law decisions are able to be modified in the state of New Jersey. Post-judgment modification encompasses a broad range of issues. Many court orders are subject to post-judgment modification if the party seeking that modification can prove that circumstances have changed.

Changes that may warrant a modification include but are not limited to:

Relocation with a child

A job promotion or job loss


Significant changes to a child’s needs due to health issues, extracurricular activities or others

Changes to a parent’s health

Evidence of a parent’s drug or alcohol abuse or child abuse

Our lawyers will take the time to fully understand your situation and objectives and provide a straightforward assessment of the likelihood it is possible to obtain a post-judgment modification. Parties often reach agreement to modification orders without litigation, but we are always prepared to advocate aggressively for our clients in court if necessary.


Prenuptial agreements, often referred to as “prenups,” are contracts entered into by couples contemplating marriage. They are commonly used to protect assets brought into the marriage by one or both spouses in the event the couple should divorce. Prenuptial agreements can be used to clarify how you intend to deal with finances, debt, or other matters during your marriage. The process of creating a prenuptial agreement requires you to discuss and agree upon the management of matters that are important to you, which can actually strengthen your marriage. If you should later divorce, a thorough and carefully-prepared agreement can reduce the stress and expense of the process, as you will have already addressed and decided important issues in your prenuptial agreement.

A Post Nuptial agreement is an agreement between two married people usually made to preserve and/or designate their assets that they sign after they are married. This might be appropriate for parties who have acquired substantial assets or debts since marriage and have new wishes about how their property should be handled if they divorce. Again, it is best if both parties have their own attorneys to advise them about their own needs and desires. With a post nuptial agreement, it is also a good idea to update it periodically, as the parties wishes and desires change over time. The experienced New Jersey prenuptial & post nuptial lawyers at Mavinkurve & Patel are available to answer clients’ questions and handle the drafting, review and negotiation of prenuptial and post nuptial agreements. For a consultation, please contact us now.


If your marriage is unsustainable but you do not want to get divorced, you may have other options. Legal separation is another alternatives to divorce when things seem complicated. In New Jersey, legal separation may be a viable solution for those couples who need some physical separation time but want to leave the door open for possible reconciliation of their relationship. Some people choose legal separation to try to minimize disruption for their children, keep their housing intact or others use a separation as a step toward divorce. Unlike filling for a divorce, there is no need to file a Complaint with the family court to legally separate from your spouse. It can be useful for spouses who get along but feel they cannot be together. Legal separation may or may not be in your best interest. For these reasons, it is always best to speak to an experienced lawyer.

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