While Supreme Court and Family Court have dual jurisdiction over divorce-related issues such as custody and child support, only Supreme Court can grant a divorce or a Judgment of Separation. Divorce and separation-related issues include:

    • Grounds
    • Equitable Distribution
    • Asset and Debt Identification, Valuation and Allocation:
      Utilization of expert forensic accountants, investigators,
      business valuation experts and
      real property evaluators
      in order to identify and establish the marital value of retirement benefits, stock options, real property, businesses and professional licenses and degrees.
    • Wasteful Dissipation of Assets
    • Child Custody, Visitation and Parenting 
    • Child Support
    • Maintenance (Spousal support, formerly “Alimony”)
    • Counsel and Expert fee allocation

    Family Court has jurisdiction over certain divorce-related issues including custody, visitation, child support  and orders of protection, but cannot grant a divorce or Judgment of Separation.  Certain matters can be brought directly to Family Court, including:

    • Paternity
    • Orders of Protection
    • Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
    • Custody:Parenting and Visitation schedules
      Modification of custody
    • Support:Child Support
      Enforcement of Support Orders
      Support Modification

    All aspects of Divorce, Separation, Custody, Co-Parenting and Support
    Issues may be addressed in the Mediation Process:

    Mediation is a voluntary process in
    which both parties work with a
    neutral mediator to identify and
    resolve their divorce, separation and/or post divorce related issues. A mediator is not a judge and does not represent either party. The mediator does not make any decisions for the parties, but instead guides the parties in a focused, goal-oriented exploration of resolution options, so that the parties are empowered to reach decisions for themselves and for what they believe is in the best interests of their children. The mediation process tends to be less adversarial, less expensive, less time consuming and allows the parties to retain control over the divorce or separation process and outcome.


    Some matters can be handled outside of court, such as pre and post nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Additionally, after a divorce is finalized or an order is entered, financial or other issues arise which may be addressed in Supreme Court, Family Court and District Court. These include: 

    • Separation Agreements
    • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
    • Cohabitation Agreements
    • Post JudgmentOrder Enforcement