Union, NJ asked in Family Law for New Jersey

Q: Whats the process to file a motion acting as my own lawyer?? This is for family court for my sons mother to follow order

His mother has neglected to inform me of my sons address, doctors and their locations, school etc for years. The last overnight I had with him was March 10th 2020, upon covid I hadn't seen him till June 27th 2021

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Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte
Answered
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10483_post_jdg_kit.pdf

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
Answered
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: This is not a simple enforcement application and therefore I suggest that filing an application on your own will be a mistake. Under the court rules, your certification ( your testimony) in support of your application can be up to 25 pages separate from all of the attachments ( exhibits) to your certification. Based solely on the material you presented, a skilled family law attorney will need to use all 25 pages to explain the history, the violations, the lack of cooperation with your parenting time efforts, etc - meaning if you thought that you could simply write out a few pages of information for the judge to read, your application will go no where and not because of the judge but because you failed to properly present the issues factually and legally. This type of claim has complications and if you want to get a judge to understand what has taken place and what you are seeking for the future, its your job to present it properly. The judge is not going to read your papers and then at oral argument start asking questions to flesh out everything that you failed to present in your submission. Do it right and you then have a better chance of success.

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