New Jersey Judiciary
Monmouth Vicinage
Stuart Rabner
Chief Justice
Judge Glenn A. Grant
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Lawrence M. Lawson
Assignment Judge
Marsi L. Perkins
Trial Court Administrator
Welcome to the Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Vicinage Family Division
Honora O’Brien Kilgallen
Presiding Judge Family Part
Lori B. Cooper
Family Division Manager
Mission Statement:
We are an independent branch of government
constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of
disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect
the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and
laws of the United States and this State.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Hours of Operation
• Courthouse hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Court matters are important and take time to
process. Patience is appreciated
• Main Number: 732-677-4300
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Frequently Used Terms
• Plaintiff: A person who files a complaint
• Defendant: A person who responds to the
complaint
• Docket: Number assigned to the case
– FM: Case type in which the parties are seeking to
divorce
– FD: Case type in which the parties are seeking to
address child related issues
– FV: Case type in which the parties are seeking a
domestic violence restraining order
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
You may file for the following in
Family Reception, Room L-50:
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Paternity / Maternity
Custody
Parenting Time
Child Support
• Spousal Support
• Medical Coverage
• Domestic Violence
Restraining Order
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
How to File for:
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Paternity/Maternity
Custody
Parenting Time
Support
Medical Coverage
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
• Complete forms and
return to Family reception
staff in Room L-50
• Photo Identification is
required
• There is a $6 fee for child
support services
• There is an annual $25
fee for spousal support
services
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Processing the Application
• Completed forms are
processed by Family
reception staff
• Please remain until
your application is
completely
processed, and you
have signed the form
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Resolution of Cases
• The Family Court encourages parties to resolve
their disputes through a variety of informal
processes
• Agreements between the parties are usually
more beneficial to the adults and the children
involved
• Parties to disputes can make agreements they
can live with
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Cases Involving Paternity, Child Support
and Medical Coverage Only
• This type of case is scheduled
before a child support hearing
officer
• A hearing officer calculates
child support and makes a
recommendation
• You have the option to agree
with or appeal the
recommendation
• Agreements become orders of
the court
• Appeals are scheduled before
a judge
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Cases Involving Paternity, Custody,
Parenting Time and Support
• This type of case is
scheduled before a
probation officer for a
Consent Conference
• A consent conference is
very similar to mediation
• Agreements become
orders of the court
• Unresolved issues are
scheduled before a judge
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Court
• A judge hears matters
still in dispute
• These may be heard
the same day as the
hearing officer/
consent conference,
or scheduled on
another day
• Cases are resolved
with a court order
Be Prepared for Your Child Support
Hearing
• Three recent pay stubs
• Income tax returns
• Proof of child care
expenses
• Unemployment
information
• Proof of Social Security
benefits
• Copies of other orders for
support
• Proof of all other income
• Receipts for direct
payments
• Employer’s name and
address
• Medical documentation if
disabled
• Driver’s license
• Health insurance card
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Victims of Domestic Violence May Apply
for a Temporary Restraining Order in
Family Reception, Room L-50
Applications for a restraining order under the
Prevention of Domestic Violence Act may be
requested when the parties have a past or
present domestic relationship
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
How to File for a Domestic Violence
Restraining Order
• During court hours,
forms may be filed in
Family Reception
Room L-50
• After court hours and
when court is not in
session, parties
should contact their
local police
departments
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Temporary Domestic Violence
Restraining Orders
• Requests for restraining
orders can be heard by
a domestic violence
hearing officer, who
grants or denies the
application
• If the request is denied,
an appeal may be
heard before a judge
the same day
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Temporary Domestic Violence
Restraining Orders
• If the DV hearing officer or judge grants the request,
a temporary restraining order (TRO) is issued
• A hearing for a final restraining order is scheduled
within 10 days before a Judge
• The sheriff serves a copy of the TRO to the
defendant
• A copy of the TRO is faxed to the Police Department
of the plaintiff’s town of residence
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Final Domestic Violence Restraining
Orders
• A judge determines
whether or not to make a
temporary restraining
order permanent
• Final restraining orders
do not expire, they can
only be dismissed by a
judge
• A final restraining order
may include provisions
for custody, parenting
time, and support
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Establishment of Support Obligations
• Once an order for support has
been entered, Family Division
staff located in Room L-50
meet with parties to:
– Explain the transition of the case
from the Family Division to the
Probation Division
– Provide payment instructions
– Establish the child support
account
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Child Support Debit Card
• Child support payments
can be received through
direct deposit into a
personal bank account or
through the N.J. Debit
Card.
• The N.J. Debit Card can
be used at banks, ATMs
and to make purchases at
most stores
• Contact 1-866-461-4094
for additional information
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Questions about Your Child
Support Case?
• Additional child support
questions may be
answered by caseworkers
• Child support case
workers are located at 30
Mechanic St., Freehold
• 732-677-4800
• Have your CS# ready
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Central Fee Office
• Filing fees may be
paid in the Central Fee
Office, Room 143
• Support payments can
be made in the Central
Fee Office or at the
Mechanic St. Office
• Please bring your
docket number or
support account
number
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Questions about Filing for
Divorce?
• Divorce cases are
processed in
Room L-7
• Packets are available
in Room L-7 to assist
self-represented
litigants
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Representing Yourself in Court
Pro se litigants represent themselves in court
rather than obtain legal counsel to represent
them.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Family Division Staff Can:
• We can explain and answer questions about how the
court works.
• We can tell you what the requirements are to have your
case considered by the court
• We can provide you with samples of court forms that are
available
• We can answer questions about court deadlines
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Family Division Staff Cannot:
• We cannot give you legal advice
• We cannot tell you whether or not you should bring your
case to court
• We cannot talk to the judge for you about what will
happen in your case
• We cannot let you talk to the judge outside of court
proceeding
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Choosing an Attorney for
Representation
• Monmouth Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
732-431-5544
• Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
732-866-0020
• Legal Aid Society
732-776-7733
• Community Health Law Project
732-502-0059
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Important Things to Remember
• Bring the hearing notice with you to court
• Keep copies of all court orders in a safe
place
• Inform court staff of address changes
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Monmouth Vicinage
Interpreting Services
• Ana Rivera, Court Interpreter, Vicinage Coordinator
732-677-4214
• Located in Room 147
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Special Accommodations
The Judiciary is committed to providing equal access to all its
services and programs in a manner that integrates individuals
with disabilities as much as possible. Each courthouse has a
coordinator responsible for implementing the Americans With
Disabilities Act (ADA). Disabled individuals with special needs
should contact the Monmouth Vicinage ADA Coordinator:
Maureen Burgess
Room L-45
732-677-4595
Office of the Ombudsman
The Office of the
Ombudsman works to
provide:
• Citizen Assistance
• Public Information
• Community Outreach
For additional Information
contact:
Theresa Romano
Monmouth Vicinage Ombudsman
• Room 151
• 732-677-4209
Monmouth Vicinage Volunteer Program
Each county in New Jersey offers volunteer program
opportunities. More than 5,000 volunteers participate in
Judiciary programs statewide. Of these, close to 600
volunteers serve in the Monmouth County Volunteer
Programs of:
• Supervised Visitation Program
• Juvenile Conference Committees
• Advisory Committee on Minority
Concerns
• Student Interns / Administrative
Volunteers
• Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program
• Court Appointed Special Advocates
Program
• Child Placement Review Board
• Municipal Court Mediation
For additional Information
contact:
Laurie Hughes
Monmouth Vicinage
Volunteer/CDR Coordinator
Room L43
732-677-4471
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Visit the New Jersey Judiciary on
the Internet at
www.njcourtsonline.com
Your child deserves…
…to be treated
as an
important and
separate
individual with
unique
feelings,
needs, ideas
and desires.
Your child deserves…
…not to
participate in
the painful
games parents
play to hurt
each other, or
to be put in
the middle of
their battles.
Your child deserves…
…not to be used
as a message
courier,
informant, spy
or go-between
for parents.
Your child deserves…
…a continuing,
relaxed and
secure
relationship
with both
parents.
Your child deserves…
…to express
love and
affection for,
and receive love
and affection
from, both
parents, as well
as members of
their blended
families.
Your child deserves…
…to know that
expressions of
love between
children and
parents will not
cause fear,
disapproval or
other negative
consequences.
Your child deserves…
…to know that
it is not their
responsibility to
keep their
parents
together.
Your child deserves…
…continuing
care, guidance
and limit setting
from both
parents.
Your child deserves…
…answers to
their questions
about changing
family
relationships
that are free
from blame,
and that are
ageappropriate.
Your child deserves…
…to know and
appreciate what
is good in each
parent.
Your child deserves…
…to be
protected from
hearing
degrading or
negative
comments about
either parent.
Your child deserves…
…to be able to
experience
regular,
consistent, and
flexible family
time with each
parent, and to
know the reason
for any changes
to the parenting
schedule.
Your child deserves…
…to have
neither parent
interfere with,
undermine, or
discourage
parenting time
with
the other
parent.
Your child deserves…
…not to be
forced to choose
one parent over
the other, or to
be encouraged to
take sides.
Your child deserves…
…to express
feelings,
concerns and
ideas about
changing family
relationships.
Your child deserves…
…to remain a
child without
being asked to
take on
parental
responsibilities
or to be an
adult friend,
companion or
confidant to
either parent.
Your child deserves…
…the most
adequate level
of economic
support that
can be provided
from the best
efforts of both
parents.
Your child deserves…
…continuing,
ongoing,
positive
relationships
with friends,
neighbors &
extended
family.
Your child deserves…
…to appreciate
the uniqueness
of each parent’s
home.
Your child deserves…
…not to be used
as a bargaining
chip or a pawn.
Your child deserves…
…to be free
from questions
about the other
parent’s private
life.
Your child deserves…
…to see their
parents, and
other family
members, treat
each other in a
respectful and
courteous
manner.
Your child deserves…
…to develop
and maintain
friendships and
engage in
activities
without the
fear of losing
time with a
parent.
Your child deserves…
…clear,
reasonable, and
consistent limits
set by
agreement of
both parents,
that are
presented by
the parents as
a unified front.
Your child deserves…
…a clear
separation of
their parents’
relationship from
the parental
relationship.
New Jersey Judiciary
Monmouth Vicinage
Stuart Rabner
Chief Justice
Philip S. Carchman
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Lawrence M. Lawson
Assignment Judge
Marsi L. Perkins
Trial Court Administrator
Bienvenido a la División de Familia del
Tribunal Superior de New Jersey
Vecindad de Monmouth
Paul Kapalko
Presiding Judge Family Part
Lori B. Cooper
Family Division Manager
Nuestra Misión
Somos una rama independiente del gobierno amparada
bajo la Constitución para resolver desacuerdos con
justicia, preservando las leyes, protegiendo la libertad y
derechos garantizados por la Constitución y leyes de los
Estados Unidos y de este Estado
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Horario
• Nuestro horario es de 8:30 a.m. a las 4:30 p.m.
• Los casos legales son muy importantes y su
procesamiento lleva tiempo. Apreciamos su
paciencia
• Número principal: 732-677-4300
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
DEFINICIONES DE PALABRAS
• DEMANDANTE: EL DEMANDANTE ES LA PARTE QUE INICIA EL
JUICIO.
• DEMANDADO:LA PARTE CONTRA QUIEN SE HACE JUICIO.
• NUMERO DE CASO
- FM: CASOS EN QUE LAS PARTES BUSCAN UN DIVORCIO EL
CUAL TAMBIEN PUEDE INCLUIR ASUNTOS ASOCIADOS
CON NIÑOS.
- FD: CASOS EN QUE LAS PARTES BUSCAN RESOLVER
ASUNTOS RELACIONADOS CON NIÑOS
- FV: CASOS DE VIOLENCIA DOMESTICA EN CUAL LA PERSONA
QUIERE UNA ORDEN DE RESTRICCION
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Puede hacer las siguientes
solicitudes en el salón L50:
• Verificación de Paternidad /
Maternidad
• Custodia
• Visitas
• Manutención de menores
• Pensión Alimenticia
• Seguro Médico
• Orden de Protección
contra la Violencia
Doméstica
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Como Solicitar:
•Verificación de Paternidad / Maternidad
•Custodia
•Visitas
•Manutención
•Seguro Médico
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
• Llene los formularios
necesarios y entréguelos a
personal de la División de
Familia en el salón L-50
• Deberá presentar una
identificación con foto
• La solicitud de Servicios de
manutención de menores
requiere un pago único de $6
• La solicitud para servicios de
pensión alimenticia requiere
una tarifa anual de $25
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Proceso de Solicitudes
•El personal de Recepción
del Tribunal de Familia
procesara los formularios
• Por favor no se retire
hasta que se procese su
solicitud y usted firme los
documentos
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Determinación de Casos
• El Tribunal de Familia trata de alentar a las partes
a resolver sus desacuerdos por medios
informales
• Generalmente es mucho mas beneficioso para
los adultos y los niños involucrados llegar a un
acuerdo por consentimiento
• Es mucho mas fácil para las partes aceptar un
acuerdo al que llegaron mutuamente
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Casos de paternidad, manutención y
seguro médico
• Estos casos son presentados
ante un Oficial de Audiencias
de casos de manutención
• El Oficial de Audiencias
calculará la cantidad de
manutención y hará una
recomendación
• Usted puede aceptar o apelar
la cantidad recomendada
• Los acuerdos se convierten en
órdenes judiciales
• Las apelaciones se presentan
ante un Juez
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Casos de Paternidad, Custodia, Visitas y
Manutención
• Estos casos son referidos
a un Oficial de Probatoria
• Se fija una conferencia
• La conferencia es similar
a mediación
• Los acuerdos llegan a ser
órdenes jurídicas
• Las áreas que continúen
en desacuerdo se
presentan frente a un
juez
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Tribunal
• El juez escucha los casos
que continúan en
desacuerdo.
• Los casos pueden ser
escuchados el mismo día
cual fue fijado frente a un
Oficial de Audiencias o
de una conferencia
• Los casos se resuelven a
través de una orden
juridica
Venga preparado a la audiencia de
manutención
• Tres talonarios mas
recientes
• Devolución de impuestos
• Prueba de gastos de
guardería infantil
• Información de desempleo
• Prueba de beneficios del
Seguro Social
• Copias de otras órdenes
de manutención
• Pruebas de otros ingresos
• Recibos de pagos directos
• Nombre del empleador y
dirección
• Documentación médica si
está a incapacitado
• Licencia de conducir
• Tarjeta de seguro médico
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Las víctimas de violencia doméstica
pueden solicitar una orden de
restricción temporal en la Recepcion de
Familia en la sala L-50
Puede solicitar una orden de restricción bajo la
ley de Prevención de Violencia Doméstica si las
partes han tenido o tienen un parentesco
familiar
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Como Solicitar una orden de
Restricción contra la Violencia
Doméstica
• Los formularios se
deben llenar
durante el horario
de atención del
Tribunal en la
Recepción de
Familia,salón L-50.
• Cuando las oficinas
de los Tribunales
están cerradas, debe
pedir ayuda al
departamento de
policía de su
localidad
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Órdenes de Restricción Temporal
contra la Violencia Doméstica
• Un oficial de audiencias
de casos de violencia
domestica escuchará su
solicitud para una orden
de restricción la cual
puede ser otorgada o
denegada
• Si su solicitud es
denegada, un juez
escuchará la apelación el
mismo día
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Órdenes temporales de Restricción
• Si el Oficial de Audiencias de violencia domestica o el
Juez aprueba su solicitud, se le otorgará una orden de
restricción temporal
• Se fijará una audiencia para una orden permanente en
diez días
• Un Alguacil le entregará una copia de la orden de
restricción temporal al demandado
• Se enviará por fax una copia de la orden al departamento
de policía de la municipalidad de la victima
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Órdenes Permanentes de Restricción
contra la Violencia Doméstica
• El Juez determinará si la
orden temporal se
convertirá en una orden
permanente
• Las ordenes permanentes
no expiran, solamente
pueden ser retiradas por
un Juez
• Las ordenes permanentes
pueden incluir custodia,
visitas y manutención
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Establecimiento de una cuenta de
manutención
• Una vez que el juez firme la
orden de manutención, las
partes serán entrevistadas
por el personal de la División
de Familia, en el salón L-50
para;
– Explicar la transición del caso
de la División de Familia a la
División de Probatoria.
– Proveer información de pagos.
– Establecer cuentas de
manutención de menores.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Tarjeta de Debito Master Card de New Jersey
• Los pagos de manutención
pueden ser depositados en
su cuenta bancaria o por
medio de una tarjeta de
debito de New Jersey
• Puede usar la tarjeta de
debito en bancos, ATM y
realizar compras en la
mayoría de tiendas.
• Para mas información
sírvase a llamar al 1-866461-4094.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
¿Tiene preguntas acerca de su caso
de manutención?
• Preguntas adicionales
de manutención pueden
ser contestadas por su
trabajador:
30 Mechanic Street
Freehold
• 732-677-4800
• Tenga su número CS
listo
Monmouth Family Division
Oficina de Pagos (Central Fee)
• Todo costo por gestiones
se cancela en la oficina
“Central Fee”, Sala 143
• Manutención se puede
pagar en la Oficina
“Central Fee” o en las
oficinas localizadas en el
30 Mechanic Street
Freehold, NJ
• Por favor traiga con usted
su número CS
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
¿Tiene preguntas acerca de
divorcios?
• Los casos de divorcios
son procesados en la
sala L-7
• Los paquetes “Pro Se”
están disponibles en la
Sala L-7 para asistir
personas cuales se
representaran así mismo
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Monmouth Family Division
Representándose a usted mismo
en el Tribunal
Las personas que se representan a si mismas
frente a un Tribunal en vez de obtener
representación legal, se denominan “Pro Se”
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Monmouth Family Division
El Personal de la División de Familia
puede:
• Explicar y contestar preguntas acerca del funcionamiento
del tribunal
• Indicarle los requisitos necesarios para que el juez
considere su causa
• Darle muestras de los formularios disponibles en el
tribunal
• Contestar preguntas sobre los plazos máximos que hay
en el tribunal
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
El Personal de la División
de Familia no puede:
• Darle asesoramiento legal
• Aconsejarle si debe o no presentar su causa a los
Tribunales
• Hablar con el juez acerca de lo que va a pasar con su
causa
• Hablar con el juez afuera del proceso judicial
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Escogiendo un abogado para que lo
represente
• Monmouth Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
732-431-5544
• Ocean – Monmouth Legal Services (Servicios Legales
de Ocean-Monmouth)
732-866-0020
• Legal Aid Society ( Sociedad de Servicios Legales)
732-776-7733
• Community Health Law Project
732-502-0059
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Cosas importantes de Recordar
• Traer la notificación de su audiencia
cuando venga a los Tribunales
• Mantener copias de las órdenes
judiciales en un sitio seguro
• Notificar al personal de la Division de
Familia de cambio de dirección
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Servicios de Intérpretes del
Condado de Monmouth
• Ana Rivera, Intérprete de los Tribunales,
732-677-4214
• Localizadas en sala 147
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Necesidades Especiales
Los Tribunales están comprometidos a hacer todo lo posible
en proveer igual acceso a todos sus servicios y programas
para incluir individuos incapacitados. Todos los Tribunales
tienen asignado a un coordinador responsable de
implementar la ley American Disabilities Act (ADA). Las
personas incapacitadas con necesidades especiales se
deben comunicar con la Coordinadora ADA de la Vecindad
de Monmouth
Maureen Burgess
Salon L-45
732-677-4595
Oficina del Defensor Civil /
Ombudsman
La oficina del Defensor
Civil trabaja para
proveer:
• Asistencia a los
ciudadanos
• Información Pública
• Alcance a la Comunidad
Para mas información
favor de comunicarse
con:
Theresa Romano
Ombudsman de la vecindad de
Monmouth
• Sala 151
• 732-677-4209
Monmouth Vicinage Volunteer Program
EL estado de New Jersey ofrece oportunidades a voluntarios en
todos los condados. Mas de 5,000 voluntarios participan en los
programas de los Tribunales. En el condado de Monmouth, cerca
de 600 voluntarios sirven en los siguientes programas.
• Programa de Visitas Supervisadas
• Comité de Conferencias de Adolescentes
• Comité de asesoramiento en asuntos de
minorías
• Programa Intensivos de Supervisión de
Adolescentes
• Pasantias / Administradores Voluntarios
• Programas Especiales de Defensores o
representantes Designados por los
Tribunales
• Junta de examinadores para colocación
de menores
• Mediación del Tribunal Municipal
Para mas información favor
de comunicarse con:
Laurie Hughes
Coordinadora del Programa
de Voluntarios/CDR del
condado de Monmouth
Salón L43
732-677-4471
Superior Court of New Jersey
Monmouth Family Division
Visite los Tribunales de New
Jersey en la pagina Internet al:
www.njcourtsonline.com
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