Family Law


The law firm of Novins, York & Jacobus is dedicated to taking a compassionate approach tempered with judgment to help relieve the pressure of family law disputes.

We are committed to providing supportive, skilled representation in complex divorce matters, child custody cases and marital property agreements. With years of experience, our law firm is recognized for offering trusted legal services with integrity. Put experience on your side. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

We are compassionate about helping you to minimize disruptions to your life, while striving for the most advantageous outcome possible involving a variety of family law.

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Family Law Services


Adopting a child is an emotionally rewarding experience for any family. As a family law firm, we strive for seamless adoption proceedings. We understand that adoption can come in many forms and we are skilled in handling the following:

  • Stepparent adoption;
  • Grandparent adoption;
  • Extended family member adoption; and
  • Foster child adoption.

We are committed to solving family legal issues with integrity, compassion and skill to achieve peaceful, successful outcomes. If necessary, we have the experience, resources and ability to protect your interests in the courtroom.

Child Support

Even when both parents recognize the importance of child support, determining an appropriate amount often creates disputes. We draw on our firm’s extensive background in and out of the courtroom to craft effective solutions based on your children’s best interests.

Our compassionate approach is tempered with judgment to help control the costs associated with resolving child support conflicts. We offer a comprehensive background handling enforcement and modification issues. 


Just as all marriages are unique, the factors leading to the end of a marriage can vary greatly. Effective divorce agreements are designed to meet the distinct needs of clients without cookie-cutter solutions. Our success stems from our ability to understand our clients’ unique needs and concerns.

We draw on our exceptional level of experience both in and out of the courtroom to craft effective solutions.  We offer collaborative law services to help minimize the emotional and financial toll associated with resolving complex divorces in trial. Our law firm has gained credibility pursuing results outside the courtroom. When judges see us in trial, they know we have a good reason to seek a trial ruling.

Post-Judgment Modifications

Child custody agreements and child support settlements are not written in stone. Circumstances change in people’s lives and changing times demand changes in settlements. Our skilled divorce modification attorneys can talk to you about your rights and options.

If you are paying child support and can no longer meet your legal obligations, or the amount of support you receive is insufficient, options may be available to modify your original divorce agreement. 

Our law firm’s family law attorneys also pursue modifications of custody or visitation rights based on the children’s best interests. For example, if domestic violence or substance abuse threatens the child’s well-being, we will advocate modifying the custody orders.  To modify a divorce agreement, it must be shown that there has been a significant change in circumstances. These circumstances are often financial, although they do not have to be. It may be due to job loss, an increase in income, remarriage or any other factor that has a substantial impact on finances.

Spousal Maintenance

At Novins, York & Jacobus, we understand you have a lot at stake in a divorce. Our firm’s attorneys seek to alleviate anxieties without adding fuel to the fire.  We are committed to helping you address your spousal support concerns with collaborative law services.

Our law firm seeks to foster a constructive environment to minimize disputes.

Irrespective of the state statutes, parties can and often do agree to pay their ex-spouses alimony for many reasons, including the need for future support. Under the Internal Revenue Code, alimony payments are a deduction from the gross income of the payor spouse and are income to the spouse receiving the money.

Child Custody

Children are often at the heart of a divorce case. Working out an appropriate parenting schedule, domicile restrictions, child support and legal custody issues are all part of making sure that each child’s best interests are taken into account.

We provide compassionate, skillful representation that focuses on our clients’ goals, while minimizing the impact of a divorce on a child.  We handle child custody and child visitation rights on behalf of mothers, fathers and grandparents.

Our firm’s attorneys evaluate a variety of factors to negotiate plans and foster a constructive environment for amicable solutions based on your child’s best interests

    Complex Property Division

    Dividing marital assets is often the most complicated aspect of the divorce process. Marital property may include pension and retirement funds, closely held businesses, real estate and deferred compensation plans.  At Novins, York & Jacobus we have the financial acumen and experience to make sure your interests are protected. No estate is too large or complex for our legal professionals.

    We will consult with forensic accountants and business valuation experts to determine which assets are considered community property, as well as the value of such assets. Any assets you and your ex-spouse acquired during your marriage are subject to an equitable distribution.

    Paternity & Support

    Our attorneys are interested in protecting the rights of individuals who want to establish or dis-establish paternity. A paternity test may be the first step in this process so that our paternity attorneys can assist you with any of the following:

    • Paternity;
    • Legal rights to custody;
    • Establishing paternity;
    • Unwed fathers’ rights;
    • Child support;
    • Paternity fraud; and
    • Child support.

    Pre-Marital & Post-Marital Agreements

    As skilled prenuptial agreement attorneys, we understand that this could be a difficult conversation because you will have to discuss the possible end of a marriage that has yet to begin. However, we also believe it is an important discussion that could prevent many future problems.

    Premarital agreements, also commonly known as prenuptial agreements (or prenups), are becoming more common as couples remarry, or marry later in life. They are intended to provide a predictable result in the event of divorce.

    We have drafted numerous premarital and postnuptial agreements. If you are considering marriage, talk to one of our attorneys about whether a premarital agreement is in your best interest.

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    During a century of changing legal and economic conditions, the firm's commitment to integrity, responsiveness and client service has never wavered. That’s our goal, and that’s what we have been doing for more than 80 years.

    Ocean County

    202 Main Street Toms River, NJ 08753

    Bergen County

    50 Tice Blvd. Suite 340 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

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