Helping To Equitably Resolve Family Law Issues

The law firm of Furlong and Krasny handles family law disputes throughout New Jersey. A lawyer who has received the AV preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, he is recognized for his intelligent, practical and creative approach to helping clients solve legal problems.

To schedule an initial consultation, contact our offices online. We are located in West Trenton, New Jersey.

"New Jersey Superior Court Family Division"

New Jersey courts are organized in a way that may confuse the casual observer. "Family court" covers more than divorce and child custody. It is also the first stop in all juvenile and domestic violence proceedings, regardless of the severity of the case. To be sure, defendants in both venues need experienced criminal defense lawyers. Our ability to provide skilled counsel in criminal defense is described here.

Juvenile Court

Any defendant arrested for a crime who happens to be 17 or younger must first appear in juvenile court ("family-juvenile part.") Parents are an integral part of this process, but too often, parents are the least informed about their children's rights. Police are acutely aware of this knowledge gap, and they are not above exploiting it in order to obtain cooperation and more importantly, a statement from someone too young to resist techniques as likely to produce a false confession as not.

Without weighing you down with too much information, know this: If your son (or rarely, your daughter) is 15 or older, he runs the risk of having his serious case transferred to adult court, where he faces the prospect of a felony conviction and years in prison with other adults. If he is charged with a sex crime, the consequences are even more far-reaching, as more fully described here. If your son or daughter has been charged with any crime, you should contact a skilled defense lawyer immediately, or at your earliest opportunity. Call us with your question. We will guide you through this difficult process.

Domestic Violence

No one should live in an environment where fear of physical intimidation or repeated assault represents a way of life. Domestic violence courts exist to respond to this festering problem in too many households. But far too many people now resort to domestic violence courts to resolve long-standing family disputes, bad relationships, even sibling rivalries, where traditional avenues for dispute resolution do not satisfy what might be described as lust for revenge.

Any family member (spouse, parent, child, sibling) or housemate or person with whom you may have had a dating relationship can resort to domestic violence court for a restraining order, charging you with something as trivial as an unwanted phone call in order to get a judge to bar you from your home, your workplace, control over your property or access to your children. Once issued, these Temporary Restraining Orders ("TRO") can be exceedingly difficult to discharge or remove, and you'll have little time to find a lawyer and get him or her up to speed.

We handle all sides of this complex equation. We urge you to call a lawyer immediately after being served with any kind of court order. If you give us a call, we can answer all of your questions and provide you with the expert guidance your circumstances demand.

Minimizing Emotional And Financial Expense

No legal work is more challenging than family law. The goal is to minimize both emotional and financial costs, to maximize your personal and financial safety, and most importantly, to protect your children from the trauma that too often attends divorce and custody proceedings. We approach every case with a combination of toughness and tranquility designed to maintain both emotional balance and the upper hand. We are acutely sensitive to the needs of children, as well as to the needs of our clients who parent them.

For an initial consultation to discuss your family law dispute with an attorney, contact our law firm at your convenience.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.