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Essex, Hudson, Union County Family Law and Divorce Attorney

When legal matters affect your family, you want the best possible counsel. Whether you are going through a divorce or coming up with a child support and custody plan, it can be a very stressful time. At the Newark Law Offices of Kevin Crawford Orr, we protect the best interests of our clients and their families throughout Northern New Jersey. You do not have to go through this process alone. We can take care of your legal concerns so you can focus on moving on.




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From issues of child custody and support to the fair and equitable distribution of assets, you want what is best for you and your children. We will do everything we can to make sure you are entered into a fair agreement that protects your rights, even if that means pursuing litigation. We have teamed with a third-party software company, Family Law Software, Inc., to supply us with software to best analyze the financial impact of a divorce on our clients. This streamlines the entire process, simultaneously cutting costs and providing more accurate information, so our clients know exactly what to expect from alimony and support plans.

Alimony / Spousal Support

Effective September 10, 2014, major changes were made to the Alimony laws in the State of New Jersey. We will do everything we can to help you to apply the new changes in the law to reach the best possible outcome for you in your case.

Child Custody

New Jersey recognizes two kinds of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is where the child or children live and go to school. This involves the actual physical care of the child. Legal custody involves the right of a parent to make decisions affecting the rearing of the child. Questions of education, religious indoctrination, medical care and other related matters are questions of legal custody. Courts may award both physical and legal custody to either parent, without favoring one or the other with regard to the parent's sex.

The courts are slowly adopting modern terminology for "physical custody" and "visitation." We now speak in terms of the Parent of Primary Residence (PPR) and the Parent of Alternate Residence (PAR). Basically, the legal meaning is the same. The number of overnights that the child or children spend with one parent or the other can impact the child support calculation.

International Travel with Children / Passports

International travel, with limited exceptions, cannot occur without an Passport. If a passport is issued, the parties have no means to prevent the other parent from travelling internationally unless there are restrictions in a court order. However, even though an order exists, the United States does not have any system to regulate travel restrictions imposed by a New Jersey Court order.

Child Support

Child support is set by the "New Jersey Child Support Guidelines," based primarily upon the gross income of the parents. A free Apple App is available to give you a "rough" idea of the amount that a New Jersey Court could order: Iphone iPhone - New Jersey Child Support Calculator - Family Law Software, Inc. Ipad iPad - New Jersey Child Support Calculator - Family Law Software, Inc.. We can assist you in making sure that you receive all of the proper credits and considerations under the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines.

If you were required to pay child support and you later discover from DNA that you are not the child's biological parent, you may be entitled to file what is called a reimbursement lawsuit against the biological father or mother.


Child support does not stop automatically. You must make an application to terminate child support with the Court that entered the child support order based upon emancipation. New Jersey mandates that certain requirements be met before emancipation of a minor is granted to ensure the child is competent to care for herself/himself, and that emancipation is in the child's best interests.

Parenting Time (formerly known as "Visitation")

Nothing is more important than coming up with a child custody parenting plan that works for your children. We will help you make sure you are entered into a fair custody and visitation plan.

Domestic Violence

Allegations of domestic violence or abuse are incredibly serious. The accusations alone could have life-long implications. With over twenty years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, attorney Kevin C. Orr understands the challenges facing his clients. If you have been accused of domestic abuse, you could face charges in both the criminal and family law courts. We can protect you from all the charges you face. Call us for help.

Contact Us

Do not go through the stressful and emotional process of a family law dispute on your own. Whether you are involved in a divorce or a dispute over custody, we will do everything we can, including litigation, in order to make sure your rights are protected. Contact us today for more information.

Office Location: 33 Washington Street, Ste. 1010 | Newark, New Jersey 07102
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