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Firm Overview

Saminski Rodriguez Law Group, LLC is a law firm which practices in the areas of divorce, family law and related matters. Our practice represents clients throughout New Jersey as well as clients from out of state and internationally. The firm has offices located in Hoboken, Westfield, Morristown and New York City. Our partners are experienced in matrimonial law as well as having handled matters in other areas. Karen Kirchoff Saminski, Esq., is a former Jersey City Municipal Judge and a seasoned matrimonial attorney with over 26 years legal experience. William Rodriguez, Esq. has over 12 years of experience and is a Certified Management Accountant and former IRS Special Agent as well as being a Qualified R. 1:40 Family Law Mediator. All of our partners are experienced in litigation and mediation. Our team will be able to draw on their extensive knowledge, network, expertise and valuable insight in providing legal services in a professional, caring and assertive manner, while always keeping your specialized goals in mind.

Accessibility/Convenience

Our firm strives to be as accessible and responsive as our clients need us to be. We want to make your participation in your legal matter as convenient as possible. To this end, we maintain five office locations. Our staff is knowledgeable, supportive and ready to help with your needs. Members of our legal team are fluent in Spanish, Polish and Gujarati and we are available to further assist you. The phone is answered during business hours (only on rare occasions will you reach an answering machine) and we have extended business hours several nights per week. Telephone calls are returned promptly. We work extensively with e-mail for reason of efficiency and expediency, as well as out of consideration for our clients' time, thereby saving them trips to the office whenever possible. We have the right technology in place and are able to successfully handle matters for clients across the United States as well as internationally.

About The Process

Your Initial Consultation

The goal of the initial consultation is to identify your issues and find out about your finances and your goals. You may have issues dealing with child custody, alimony, child support or equitable distribution. You will find out what is realistic to expect and how to plan for and budget for your matter. We will start to gather facts and discuss your options under the law such as whether your goals can be met best through mediation, negotiation or litigation. In certain cases, you will be provided with referrals to additional professionals such as financial tax planners, mental health professionals, mortgage resource experts and others who may be needed to assist you in reaching your desired outcome.

When you arrive at one of our offices you will be greeted by a member of our staff and asked to fill out a form containing basic information about you, your children and important dates such as date of marriage, separation and birthdays. This takes approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively, once you have made an appointment, you may print out an Initial Client Information Sheet and fill out the pertinent information prior to your initial consultation.

After completing the form you will meet with Ms. Saminski to discuss your reasons for consulting with an attorney, basic financial data, and your concerns regarding your children, your finances and your life during and after litigation. Your interview with Ms. Saminski is in-depth and confidential, as it is protected by attorney client privilege.

While we recognize that in a family law practice it may be necessary to bring your children to the office, please realize that it is not appropriate for children to be present during the interview. Therefore, we strongly urge you to bring another adult along who can attend to your child while at our office.

Scheduled telephone consultations are also available for those unable to fit an office visit into their schedule. In certain prearranged cases, clients may e-mail or fax information in advance of their first meeting to acclimate Ms. Saminski with information in order to streamline the initial interview process.

Cost

Having a practice devoted solely to family law issues, our firm is committed to providing solutions to challenging family issues. While litigation can be expensive, we strive to use your retainer in the wisest manner, always taking cost benefit analysis into consideration. This allows us to conserve your resources to address your priorities. If you have a limited budget we will strategize with you and attempt to formulate a plan to achieve your goals within your budget. In some cases the Court may order the other party to reimburse your counsel fees. In virtually all matters, charges are by the hour.

All details regarding payment for legal services are fully outlined in a Retainer Agreement which is a contract for services between an attorney and client and is required by Court Rule. A retainer is a deposit against the future services to be rendered. Retainer amounts will vary, depending on the complexity and immediacy of your case.

Divorce Process (Dissolution Matters)

Filing a Divorce Complaint is generally the first step in the divorce process or many elect to negotiate through attorneys prior to the filing of a Complaint for Divorce. However, many people consider trying to resolve the issues relevant to ending their marriage through mediation. It is advisable to consult with an experienced family law attorney before entering the mediation process. Many people choose to consult with their attorney throughout the mediation process. Ms. Saminski and Mr. Rodriguez are qualified family law mediators and are therefore able to guide you before and during mediation.

If you decide to file a Divorce Complaint immediately rather than pursue mediation, your case will proceed differently. Your Divorce Complaint will be filed and your spouse will have thirty-five days to respond to your Complaint. From there, you and your spouse will prepare your Case Information Statements. These forms are financial statements which are required to be filed with the Court. You will also begin a process calledDiscovery in which you and your spouse will respond to formal requests for information. The time within which to respond to these dates is usually outlined in a Court Order called a Case Management Order.

Once discovery is complete there are certain programs required by the Court to assist you in trying to reach a settlement of your case. One such program is called the Early Settlement Panel. This program involves each party presenting their positions (through counsel) before two experienced matrimonial attorneys who volunteer their time to serve as panelists. Ms. Saminski is a former panelist in Hudson County and a former member of the Early Settlement Panel Committee. If your case does not settle at Early Settlement Panel, you are then provided the opportunity to participate in Economic Mediation. During Economic Mediation, attorneys who are qualified mediators hear from you and your counsel in an effort to help you reach a resolution of your open issues. At the conclusion of Economic Mediation your attorney reports back to the judge to advise the Court of the status of your case. If your case is still not settled, the Court will likely schedule a Settlement Conference and/or a Trial date. When a Trial date is set, intensive trial preparation unique to your case begins.

This is just a basic outline of the divorce process. Each case presents its own issues that can cause it to proceed in a variety of ways. Many times expensive litigation can be avoided with effective negotiations conducted on your behalf by an experienced advocate.

Non-Dissolution (Non-Divorce Matters)

In addition to divorce matters, families often find themselves in Court when there are unmarried parties with custody, visitation or child support issues, or when grandparents or other caretaker rights are litigated. Other situations may occur when DCPP has filed proceedings, an adoption takes place, or there is post-judgment divorce litigation, a name change or domestic violence proceedings.

Each of these case types takes a different path through the Court system and the process will be thoroughly explained in your initial interview.

Interstate/International Custody And Visitation

In the Interstate arena, the UCCJEA (formerly UCCJA) controls in cases where the parties reside in different states in the United States. The Federal PKPA (Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act), Hague convention and ICARA (International Child Abduction Remedies Act) can also come into play. Our attorneys are well-versed in all of the varying laws that come into play in the Interstate/International context.

In International cases, the process depends upon whether or not a parent wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained a child in a jurisdiction. If a parent suspects that child abduction by the other parent is imminent, our team is experienced in bringing the appropriate same-day emergency application to the Court. These matters are procedurally complex and need to be closely analyzed on a case by case basis. The process is dependent upon the specific facts of your case and will be explained in your consultation either in person or by telephone. Procedures also vary depending upon whether the foreign country is a signatory to the Hague Convention (international child abduction).

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Our divorce lawyers and family law attorneys can assist you from our five office locations:

79 Hudson Street, Suite 201
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 653-0300

772 Central Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 301-1111

43 West 43rd Street, Suite 66
New York, NY 10036
(212) 653-1909
By Appointment Only

483 Port Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
(929) 352-5566
By Appointment Only

55 Madison Avenue, Suite 400
Morristown, NJ 07719
(800) 701-8747
By Appointment Only

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From our law offices in Hoboken, Westfield, Morristown and New York City we are known as the divorce lawyers, family law attorneys, child support lawyers, custody lawyers, alimony lawyers and spousal support lawyers of Saminski Rodriguez Law Group, LLC. We represent clients in Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey. We represent clients in the communities of: Hudson County: Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, Kearny, Guttenberg, Hackensack, Secaucus, Weehawken, West New York, Union City, North Bergen, Passaic County: Clifton, Bloomingdale, Haledon, Little Falls, Paterson, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Totowa, Wayne, West Milford, Woodland Park, Essex County: East Newark, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, South Orange, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Montclair, Nutley, West Orange, Bergen County: Hackensack, Paramus, Fair Lawn, Englewood, Edgewater, Bergenfield, Teaneck, Rutherford, Hasbrouck, Heights, Fairview, Bogota, Union County: Westfield, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Plainfield, Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside, Scotch Plains, Summit, Linden, Morris County: Morristown, Randolph, Dover, Parsippany Troy Hills, Denville, Pequannock, Cedar Knolls, Whippany, Mount Olive, Hanover, Rockaway, Montville, Mount Arlington, Chester, Wharton, Madison, Freehold, New Brunswick, North Hudson, as well as residents of Hunterdon County, Ocean County, Monmouth County, Somerset County, Middlesex County and Warren County. We also represent clients in New York City, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island as well as Kings County, Queens County, Richmond County, Bronx County and New York City.