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FAMILY DIVISION INFORMATION

FAMILY DIVISION MAIN OFFICE
10 MAIN STREET, ROOM 163
HACKENSACK, NJ  07601
201-527-2300
OFFICE HOURS:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol, Presiding Judge Family Part
Diana Moskal,
Family Division Manager
Marcia Hartkopp, Assistant Division Manager
Joy Shea, Assistant Division Manager

Family Court Forms

Non-Dissolution (FD Docket No.):
Family Intake & Interstate Support, Room 163
Telephone:  201-527-2800

Trial courts:

Judge  Team Leader Phone
Judge Bonnie J. Mizdol, Presiding Judge Kurt Schoening 201-527-2518
Judge Keith A. Bachman Rosemarie Cuccio 201-527-2303
Judge William R. De Lorenzo, Jr. Loretta Little 201-527-2516
Judge Margaret M. Foti Jessica Mulligan 201-527-2319
Judge Frances A. McGrogan Carina Benenato 201-527-2514
Judge Peter J. Melchionne Laura Mezza 201-527-2510
Judge Ronny Jo Siegal Debra Capozzi 201-527-2507
Judge Mary F. Thurber Carina Benenato 201-527-2514
Judge Donald R. Venezia Tracey Andolini 201-527-2337
Judge Gary N. Wilcox Larry DeRose 201-527-2516

CENTRAL CASE PROCESSING TEAM (CCP)

Complaints for paternity, custody, child support, spousal support, medical, parent and grandparent  visitation are processed by this Team.  Fees:  A $6 IV-D application fee is required to process child support complaints, and there is a $25 fee for monitoring spousal support.

The CCP Team interviews clients, prepares complaints for signature of complainant, arranges service by mail to the non-moving party, schedules hearings before an Intake Officer, the Child Support Hearing Officer or Judge and processes the Court Orders that result from such hearings.  Applications to modify existing FD court orders (modify child support, parenting time, etc.) are filed with this Team.

Consent hearings may also be scheduled through this Team if the parties can agree on the terms of custody, support, parenting time, etc. FD/Non-dissolution applications to have direct pay child support made payable through Probation may also be made through this Team.

This Team also processes genetic testing as ordered in contested paternity matters.

 INTERSTATE SUPPORT UNIT

This Unit assists a custodial parent residing in Bergen County who is having difficulty either securing an order for paternity and/or child support, or are trying to enforce an order for child support and the non-custodial parent has moved out of the State of New Jersey. You may call a Child Support Specialist at (201) 527-2304 for additional information.

Juvenile Intake Unit (FJ, FF Docket Nos.) Room 159
Telephone: 201-527-2327

The Juvenile Intake Unit processes all Juvenile Complaints and Crisis Petitions. Once a Complaint or Petition has been filed, it is docketed and scheduled for a hearing. That hearing may take place before a Judge, Juvenile Referee, Probation Officer or Juvenile Conference Committee.
The Unit is also responsible for monitoring placement into the Juvenile Detention Center and/or Juvenile Shelter on a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week basis.

Children in Court Team (FG, FN, FC, FL Docket Nos.), Room 355
Telephone: 201-527-2319

The Children In Court Team is responsible for the case processing of all Abuse / Neglect, Guardianship and Kinship Legal Guardianship cases filed with the court by Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).  The Team is also responsible for the case management of matters regarding children placed outside their home by the Division of Youth and Family Services as well as managing the Child Placement Review Boards.  Child Placement Review Boards are responsible for reviewing DYFS placement plans and goals and making a recommendation to the Judge.  The Children In Court Team also acts as a liaison between the Courts and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer program that handles cases of children in placement.  

Domestic Violence Intake Office (FV, FO Docket Nos.), Room 102
Telephone #:  201-527-2350
Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., filings accepted between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p..m.

Services Performed:

  1. Assistance with applications for restraining orders.
  2. Assistance with requests for appeal hearings (appeal of a temporary restraining order only).
  3. Assistance with requests for review, modification and enforcement hearings (i.e., post judgment proceedings).
  4. Assistance with applications for support, custody and visitation when a restraining order is in effect.
  5. Assistance with the filing of dismissal requests.
  6. Bail information.
  7. Scheduling bail reduction or arraignment hearings (disorderly contempt cases only).
  8. Scheduling weapons forfeiture hearings.
  9. Assisting defendants in applying for pro bono attorneys (in contempt cases only).
  10. Faxing all restraining orders to police departments and other specified agencies.
  11. Reaching out for plaintiffs who do not appear for hearings.
  12. Processing all domestic violence motions.
  13. Photographing of victims where bruises or scratches are evident.

Eligibility:

A victim of domestic violence is any person who is 18 years or older who has been subjected to violence by:

  1. A spouse.
  2. A former spouse.
  3. Any person with whom the victim has a child in common (i.e., never married, co-parents).
  4. Any person who is a present or former household member.
  5. A present or former boyfriend or girlfriend.  The victim who falls under the dating relationship category can be younger than 18 years of age.  However, the defendant must be a present or former boyfriend or girlfriend who is 18 years or older.

Acts of Domestic Violence By Statute:

  1. Homicide
  2. Criminal Sexual Contact
  3. Assault
  4. Lewdness
  5. Terroristic Threats
  6. Criminal Mischief
  7. Kidnapping
  8. Burglary
  9. Criminal Restraint
  10. Criminal Trespass
  11. False Imprisonment
  12. Harassment
  13. Sexual Assault
  14. Stalking

 Dissolution(FM Docket Number) & Non-Dissolution (FD Docket Number) Cases Assigned to Judges

Any FM document requiring a fee (Complaint, Answer/General Appearance/Answer & Counterclaim, Motion, Order to Show Cause) must be filed with the Finance Division, Room 119.  Any FM document not requiring a fee can be filed in Room 163 or directly with the Team for the Judge that is assigned to the case.

There are 4 FM teams and 1 FD team in the Bergen Vicinage. Each team is supervised by a Team Leader.  The team processes cases assigned by docket number for the nine Superior Court Judges.  Once fee filings (Complaints, Motions, etc.) are processed by the Finance Division, the team assumes responsibility and completes the processing of the documents, schedules FM cases for Case Management Conferences, Mandatory Early Settlement Panel Conferences, Default and Uncontested Hearings and Trials, processes and schedules Motions and Orders to Show Cause before the Judge.  Any questions about case processing or scheduling can be directed to the Team Leaders.

Mediation

The Bergen County Family Division has three in-house mediators (1 primarily assigned to FD cases, 2 assigned primarily to FM cases) to conduct mediation of custody/parenting issues.  Custody/parenting mediation may be ordered at any point in an ongoing case.

Economic issues may be mediated through our Economic Mediation Program where cases are referred to qualified mediators, chosen from an approved list.  The first hour of mediation is free and if the parties wish to continue mediation, they will be charged the mediator’s regular hourly rate.

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