Dulinski Law, LLC
Family Lawyers that Treat You Like Family
Dulinski Law, LLC is a boutique divorce and family law practice devoted to moving our clients toward healthier and happier futures. We know that legal action, particularly legal action that involves your beloved family, can be overwhelming. We are dedicated to providing you compassionate service in a way that you fully understand your options, while also fighting for the best interest of you and your family as a whole. We pride ourselves on treating our clients like family, and protecting them the way we would our own.
Family Law, All of New Jersey
At Dulinski Law, LLC, we provide the following legal services.
Here at Dulinski Law, we offer more than twenty years of experience and knowledge that provide us the ability to properly advise clients as to their rights before, during and after divorce. It is our goal to leave your family in better position than we found you. We strive to resolve most matters in an amenable and compassionate manner through negotiation or mediation. We will work diligently to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of our case, as well as the other party’s, which allows us to negotiate from a position of strength from the very beginning.
Child custody issues often require our clients to make difficult choices as they navigate the details of their divorce and/or parenting plan. When decisions must be made regarding child custody, visitation rights, and financial support; emotions can run high and arguments may ensue. The highly skilled attorneys at Dulinski Law can help you manage this stressful process, and will diligently fight to protect you and your child's best interests.
As with any part of life, things change and your initial agreement may become outdated, inapplicable, or simply unworkable for the parties and/or their children. Although the goal should always be to avoid litigation after your case reaches a judgment, often times it is required.
Typical post-judgment issues include:
- Child custody, visitation, and support
- Spousal Support
- Enforcement of orders
As with your initial case, it remains important to obtain strong legal representation in order to continue ensuring that your rights and the rights of your family are protected.
New Jersey has established uniform guideline support standards which Courts are required to follow, unless the parties agree otherwise. Support is based on two primary factors: the amount of overnight time each parent spends with the children and each parent’s income. While it may appear easy at first to simply type numbers into a computer program to calculate guideline support, there are many benefits to relying on an attorney for assistance in this area. We can guide you through the process to ensure that all income and expense factors are taken into account. There are also certain exceptions to guideline support that may be applicable in your particular situation.
Here at Dulinski Law, LLC, we are dedicated to assisting families throughout New Jersey through all legal aspects of the adoption process. We are truly passionate about adoption and work diligently to educate our clients and represent their best interests from start to finish and beyond. Though it is not mandatory that an adoptive parent retain an attorney, there can be many unforeseen circumstances throughout the course of the adoption process. An experienced adoption attorney can help to guide you through that process and help minimize stress in what should be a joyous experience.
Here at Dulinski Law, LLC, we are passionate about assisting growing families throughout New Jersey through all legal aspects of the surrogacy process. We are dedicated and will work diligently to represent our clients’ best interests from start to finish and beyond. Though it is not mandatory that a future parent retain an attorney to enter into a surrogacy agreement, the contracts necessary to protect your legal right to your future child must be properly drafted. An experienced surrogacy attorney can ensure this is handled properly for the future of you and your child.
A pre-marital or prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into prior to marriage or a civil union. A properly prepared prenuptial agreement by an experienced attorney plays a vital part in protecting your rights and your asetts in the event of divorce or death. A prenuptial agreement not only protects your pre-marital assets but can also lay the foundation for estate planning, defining any potential spousal support and the division of both yours and your partner’s assets.
Estate planning ensures that your loved ones understand how you would like your assets and affairs to be handled in the event of your passing. An experienced estate planning attorney can help to ensure that your wishes are documented and will be followed.
Domestic violence can be one of the most difficult areas of family law, and an unfortunate reality in our society, with devastating results to all involved parties. Not only does domestic violence impact you, your work and home lives, and your family, but it has a crucial impact on child custody, spousal support, and other such issues in your family law case. All those involved in domestic violence matters need to take the appropriate steps to ensure that their rights, and if applicable the rights of their children, are fully protected.
Not all divorce and family law matters need to be heard in front of a judge. Many cases can reach a final resolution without the parties ever having to step into a courtroom. Often times, these agreements are made with the assistance of a trained professional. As a certified mediators, both Patricia Dulinski, Esq. and Laurie Madziar, Esq., offer these services.
Mediation offers several benefits to in family law matters when parties require help resolving their issues but want to avoid an all-out war or expensive litigation. Mediation is faster and more inexpensive, and it generally leads to a better outcome for all involved, due to the collaborative nature of the process. Settlement agreements that are reached through mediation are much more likely to stand the test of time. This can likely be attributed to the fact that the parties feel empowered due to their control of the process. When they finalize their divorce, they do so on their own terms, by their own agreement.
Family Law Legal Team
Meet the team
Our team at Dulinski Law is dedicated to providing you compassionate service in a way that you fully understand your options, while also fighting for the best interest of you and your family as a whole. We pride ourselves on treating our clients like family, and protecting them they way we would our own.
Patricia A. Dulinski, Esq.
Ms. Dulinski earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Seton Hall Law school in June 2000. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Union County Bar and has served as a Panelist to the Early Settlement Panel Program in Union and Monmouth Counties. She has received the honor of Best Lawyers for Families from 2017 through 2022. Ms. Dulinski has also authored and published an article for the NBI Institute, a case note and an article in Seton Hall Law Review, as well as presented many seminars throughout the State of New Jersey on all aspects of Divorce and Family Law. Practicing family law for over 20 years, she focuses on achieving the best possible results for families. She is committed to offering creative solutions while helping clients develop a strategy to resolve their legal matters—and protecting children is her highest priority. Ms. Dulinski strives to resolve cases and leave a family in a better position than where she found them.
Laurie J. Madziar, Esq.
Laurie J. Madziar earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in May 2003 from Rutgers School of Law. She is a member of both the New Jersey and New York bars. Ms. Madziar is a published member of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. Ms. Madziar serves as a Panelist for the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel Programs in New Jersey's Morris & Warren Counties. Ms. Madziar is extremely insightful and skilled in handling complex family cases that involve disparagement, alienation, protective orders and complex financial support issues.
Taylor A. Mitchell
Taylor Mitchell, our senior paralegal, comes with over ten years of experience in the legal field, including working for the New Jersey Superior Court as a Judicial Secretary in both the Family and Civil divisions. She also has many years of experience as a Paralegal in family law matters such as Child Abuse and Neglect cases, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and other family law related issues. Prior to working in the legal field, Taylor served as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of one of the largest independent wholesalers in the New York tri-state area for nearly ten years. Taylor graduated Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2023.
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