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Hackensack Divorce Lawyer

Hackensack Divorce Attorney

Carrie S. Schultz is a top Divorce attorney in Hackensack, NJ.

(201) 576-8349
Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney
American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Graduate
Ten Best Female Attorneys by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Admitted to New Jersey Bar in 2001
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Carrie S. Schultz is our recommended Hackensack Divorce attorney. (201) 576-8349

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About Carrie S. Schultz

Carrie S. Schultz is the founder of Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law in Hackensack. She has been practicing family law for more than 21 years and decided to focus her practice exclusively on representing men.

How Carrie became a lawyer. “Well, this is a funny story.” Carrie’s mother told her she could be one of two things – a doctor or a lawyer. Growing up her family struggled with money after her mother divorced her father when she was 6 years old. “My mother’s ‘life plan’ fell apart. She wanted to make sure I had financial independence and a degree no one could take away from me.”

Naturally, Carrie set out to be a dentist. She enrolled at the University of Florida undergrad, and on day two walked into her first chemistry class. Two hours later, she called her mother and told her she’d be a lawyer.

“Because I come from a family of lawyers and judges, the transition was easy and I had a lot of support (and I only had one other career path from my mother to choose from). Also, my uncle (who basically raised me as my father), was a divorce and family law attorney here in NJ.”

Carrie knew she had a built-in mentor with her uncle.

What drew Carrie to practice family law and divorce. “I instinctively understood divorce and family law as a topic—perhaps because I was the child involved in a bitter divorce. I thought I could help others (and children) find a better way or at least try to be a bigger cheerleader for good fathers to not give up so easily (or not at all). 

That’s why Carrie focuses on representing men in divorce cases.

Carrie’s philosophy for family law. “To ensure that our clients are at least thinking clearly about whatever they are thinking about. I feel it is my obligation that I do my job to the best of my ability because it can set (or re-set) their mindset, which in turn, can change their whole trajectory of their life and that of their children. I also believe in being reasonable, fair, and honest. Always operate with transparency and be candid. No ego.”

The highlight of Carrie’s day. Carrie enjoys running the business end of her practice and making sure her clients (and their families) are on a better path forward.

“The mission of the firm is to provide men and their children a fighting chance to foster a long-term healthy relationship and build a successful life.”

The founding of Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law. When Carrie first went into the practice of law she worked for her uncle and then for two other law firms. “I wanted to become a great attorney before I tackled owning a business.”

Once she had that foundation, she knew it was time to start her own firm. “I wanted to do things differently than the average law firm. I wanted to make an impact.”
Carrie launched Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law in 2011.

Carrie outside the office. Carrie and her husband are pitbull dog lovers and are very involved in rescue work. In her spare time, she is also an avid Latin ballroom dancer including the hustle, salsa and West Coast swing.

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Getting a Divorce in Hackensack

From a legal standpoint, getting married is often far easier than getting divorced. Between ensuring that there is an equitable division of property, determining parenting time, dividing retirement accounts, and other formalities, the process of divorce can be both expensive and time-consuming. While many people can, and do, undertake this process without a divorce attorney in Hackensack, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an attorney's legal experience.

A Glimpse of Marriage and Divorce in the U.S.

In spite of an often-quoted statistic that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate is actually dropping and now stands at about 39 percent, according to a 2018 article from Time. However, it isn't because the millennials---who have now entered adulthood, the workplace, and even matrimony---have found the key to a long-lasting relationship. It is, rather, that they're delaying marriage, with recent Census figures revealing that the average age for a first marriage is around 30 for men and 28 for women. In 2003, these ages were 27 and 25 respectively. The frequently cited reason for delaying marriage is to gain financial security first, the article notes, adding that many couples are choosing to cohabitate rather than marry.

Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer in Hackensack

Hackensack divorce attorneys fall into a legal practice area known as family law. Family law is focused on assisting individuals with legal matters pertaining to family relationships. In addition to divorce, family law also covers annulment, child custody and visitation, as well as adoption. Some of the reasons people seek the help of an experienced Hackensack divorce attorney include:

  • They don't wish to navigate the legal arena themselves. The legalities of divorce involve a lot of paperwork and timelines. A top Hackensack divorce lawyer, is well educated and trained to deal with this type of work.
  • There are children involved in the marriage. Divorcing with children involves a lot of provisions, such as which parent the child will primarily reside with; a parenting schedule that covers the school year, summer vacation, and holidays; and child support, along with other considerations.
  • You and your spouse disagree on some matters that must be decided, such as child custody or division of assets. It is important if there are disagreements that you don't try to settle those disagreements in court without a lawyer to assist you, particularly if your spouse has a lawyer.
  • Your case is complex, due to high-value assets or business ownership.
  • You or your spouse has a retirement plan. Often these plans are considered a marital asset and will need to be divided equitably through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
  • Your spouse is not sharing all of his or her financial information with you. Because many things such as equitable division of assets or expenses and the determination of spousal maintenance relies on your finances, if you are having difficulty obtaining this information, a lawyer can help.
  • You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in your state may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your divorce lawyer understands the complexities surrounding spousal maintenance.
  • You have real estate. Selling a home during a divorce can be a tricky situation that needs the expertise of someone trained in family law. Additionally, if you or your spouse wishes to live in the house for a time after the divorce, this impacts the division of your marital property in ways that an attorney can help you understand.

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