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Family Law

We offer one of the largest Family Law Departments in central New Jersey and have established a statewide reputation for litigation excellence.

Family Law

Our New Jersey family law and divorce attorneys represent clients through changes in their family relationships.

Family Law and divorce attorneys help clients form and dissolve marriages and domestic partnerships; create and enforce marital settlement, property settlement and palimony agreements; create and enforce prenuptial and cohabitation agreements; create and enforce child custody agreements; and represent clients involved in domestic violence situations.

Know your rights. Know your lawyers.

Since 1929, Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman attorneys have worked hard to build a track record of honest, smart, responsive and responsible legal representation. We have earned the respect of family law courts, judges and other New Jersey family law attorneys in both trial and appeal in all New Jersey venues and jurisdictions. We practice in all counties of New Jersey, but our substantial staff of lawyers primarily focuses on cases in Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Middlesex and Burlington counties.

We offer one of the largest Family Law Departments in central New Jersey and have established a statewide reputation for excellence in addressing the host of emotional, financial and legal issues that comprise family and marital matters, including:

  • Divorce
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Marital and Property Settlement Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Relocation Issues
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Claims of Unmarried Cohabitants/Palimony
  • Post Judgment Enforcement and Modification
  • Mediation
  • Appeals

More importantly, our family law and divorce attorneys have earned the respect of our clients. In fact, four out of five clients find us through friends, relatives, co-workers, reputation and other New Jersey lawyers or have retained our attorneys for other matters.

The Family Law Department of Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman has handled thousands of matrimonial matters. Our attorneys demonstrate an intelligent, insightful and caring approach toward our clients during these emotional times when family disputes evolve into family crises, striking a strong balance between litigation and mediation.

The Chairman of the Family Law Department, John A. Hartmann, III, specializes in complex family law cases that require litigation. Throughout the years of his practice, Mr. Hartmann served as the trial attorney and/or the supervising attorney in various landmark family law cases, which resulted in the following published decisions:

Supreme Court:
Fazilat v. Feldstein, 180 N.J. 74 (2004)
Negrotti v. Negrotti, 98 N.J. 428 (1985)
Cooper v. Cooper, 99 N.J. 42 (1984)

Appellate Division:
J.E.V. v. K.V., 426 N.J. Super 475 (App. Div.)
Platt v. Platt, 384 N.J. Super. 418 (App.Div. 2006)
Mann v. Mann, 270 N.J.Super. 269 (App. Div. 1993)
Rampolla v. Rampolla, 269 N.J.Super. 300 (App. Div. 1993)
Orgler v. Orgler, 237 N.J.Super. 342 (App. Div. 1993)
Chiaccio v. Chiaccio, 198 N.J.Super. 1 (App. Div. 1984)
Mey v. Mey, 149 N.J.Super. 188 (App.Div. 1977), aff'd 79 N.J. 121 (1979)
Skillman v. Skillman, 136 N.J.Super. 348 (App. Div. 1975)

Chancery Division:
Roberts v. Roberts, 2006 WL3026301 (N.J. Super.Ch., April 7, 2006)
Borchert v. Borchert, 361 N.J.Super. 175 (Ch.Div. 2002)
Salerno v. Salerno, 241 N.J.Super. 536 (Ch.Div. 1990)
Davis v. Davis, 182 N.J.Super. 397 (Ch.Div. 1981)
Hann v. Hann, 175 N.J.Super. 608 (Ch.Div. 1980)

Lydia Fabbro Keephart, another partner in the Family Law Department, is also an experienced trial attorney, as well as a mediator certified by the Harvard Law School Program for Negotiation and Mediation.

Each family law case is unique. Some divorces can be settled without going to court; other couples may require a trial to resolve their family law dispute. The PRA Family Law Department aggressively represents the individual needs of each of their clients. It is our job to assist you in defining your goals and objectives and then formulate a strategy to make them happen. All of our attorneys strive to reach reasonable settlements, but are always prepared and able to seek judicial intervention from the courts. The members of the Family Law Department include:

John A. Hartmann, III (Chairman)
Lydia Fabbro Keephart
Nicole J. Huckerby
Jennifer R. Haythorn

Going to court is hardball. If you want results, then be well represented.

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