Hudson Vicinage Family Division
Hudson County Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
It is our hope that you find this site informative and useful to provide you with a better understanding of court processes and procedures. This web page was designed to provide general information to the general public, members of the legal community, and to the families served by the Superior Court of New Jersey – Hudson Vicinage Family Division. It is important that the court is accessible and provides quality service to all court users.
Family Division Units
- Children in Court Services Unit
- Dissolution Unit
- Juvenile Intake Unit
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Non-Dissolution Unit
- Parent Education Program (show as a link to description under Dissolution Unit)
- Mediation Program (show as a link to description under Dissolution Unit)
- Parent Education Workshop and Consent Conferences (show as a link to description under Non-Dissolution Unit)
- Family Division Directory
- Welcome to the New Jersey Courts (link to Catalog Item 11221)
- Thing to Think About Before You Try to Represent Yourself in Court (link to Catalog Item 11218)
- Volunteer Programs (link to Hudson County Volunteer Information page)
Children in Court Services Unit
New Jersey has created laws to protect children from abuse and neglect. Protecting children and adolescents from harm is the responsibility of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). DCP&P is required to investigate every allegation of abuse and neglect and is legislatively mandated to provide services to protect children either in their homes or by removing them to an out of home placement.
Children and families can become involved with DCP&P in various ways that impact the type of case filed with the court. Case types include FN – Abuse and Neglect, FG – Termination of Parental Rights, FC – Child Placement Review, and FL – Kinship Legal Guardianship.
The Children in Courts Unit is located in the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Room 201F, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and the telephone number is (201) 795-6786.
“Dissolution” is the word used under New Jersey law to describe the legal ending of a civil union. The court, in granting a divorce, resolves all of the marital problems concerning division of property, support, custody and visitation. In order to file for a divorce in New Jersey, either spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least one year prior to filing for divorce.
The Dissolution Unit is located in the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Room 218, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and telephone number to (201) 795-6878.
Parent Education Program
As required by law, parties seeking a divorce, nullity, or separate maintenance action are scheduled to participate in a mandatory Parent Education Program when custody, parenting time, or support of the minor children is an issue. This program is not required when the parties have a restraining order in place.
Family Court mediation is a process in which an impartial third party, called a mediator, assists parents, and in some instances, other relatives, in reaching agreements regarding custody and parenting time disputes. Mediation encourages cooperation and communication between parents and provides them with an opportunity to develop a parenting plan that both parents, and the children, can live with.
Cases are eligible for the program if referred directly by a Family Court Judge through a court order, when screened by Family Division staff upon the initial filing of a complaint for custody and parenting time, or if a custody/parenting time investigation is ordered by the court.
Juvenile Intake Unit
Juvenile delinquency proceedings address allegations of offenses which would be crimes or disorderly persons offenses if committed by an adult. With a focus on protecting the community and engaging parents, the purpose is to provide at risk youth with an opportunity to rehabilitate behaviors and to develop into responsible citizens.
In the instance the conduct or condition of a juvenile, parent or guardian or other family member, presents or results in a serious threat to the well-being and physical safety of a juvenile and cannot be resolved by the juvenile-family crisis intervention unit, a petition is brought before the court. Examples include a serious conflict between a parent or guardian, an unauthorized absence by a juvenile for more than 24 hours from his or her home, or a pattern of repeated unauthorized absences from school.
The Juvenile Unit is located in the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Room 201, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the telephone number is (201) 795-6170.
Domestic Violence Unit
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in a relationship used by one person to gain power or control over the other. In New Jersey, it involves the occurrence of one or more of specific criminal offenses upon a protected person as defined under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.
Protected persons defined under the Act include anyone 18 years or older, or is an emancipated minor, who has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, a former spouse, present or former household member, a person they have a child in common or with whom they anticipate having a child with, or if they’ve had a dating relationship.
Complaints can be filed at the Domestic Violence Unit located in the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Room 220, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the telephone number is (201) 795-5385. On weekends, holidays, after court hours, and other times when the Superior Court is closed, a complaint can be filed with the local police department or municipal court.
Non-Dissolution Intake Unit
This docket type involves cases concerning family relationships and responsibilities where there is no divorce filed between persons who are not married or for persons who are married but have not filed for divorce. The filer can ask the court to address reliefs that include establishing parentage, custody, a visitation or parenting time schedule, support (including separate maintenance) and paternity determinations. This case type also includes cases filed under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).
Filing a non-dissolution matter involves completing forms designed to guide the filer in choosing only those reliefs they are seeking and to provide a clearer definition of possible reliefs under this docket type. The application asks specific questions pertaining to the parties and the children they have in common such as names, addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers. Filers will be asked to show the court employee proof of identification. Required forms can be found at Non-dissolution "FD" Case - How to file a non-divorce application for custody, child/spousal support or parenting time (visitation).
These applications can be filed at the Intake and Customer Service Unit located in the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Room 203, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the telephone number is (201) 795-6777 or (201) 795-6778.
Parent Education Workshop and Consent Conferences
The Parent Education Workshop is offered to parties who request court assistance for the first time to resolve custody and parenting time issues. The parties may be unmarried parties who have a child in common, or married parties with children but not pursuing a divorce. This workshop will provide an overview of the court process, emphasize the importance of cooperation between the parties, and prepare them for the consent conference immediately following the workshop.
HUDSON VICINAGE FAMILY DIVISION DIRECTORY
Honorable Maureen B. Mantineo, Presiding Judge Family Part
Deidra Carvin, Family Division Manager
Carl Biscaldi, Asst. Family Division Manager
(Domestic Violence, Juvenile, and Children in Court Cases)
Aime Alonzo-Serrano, Asst. Family Division Manager
(Dissolution and Non-Dissolution Cases)
Stacy Finnerty, Administrative Specialist 2
Rosanne Lomolino, Administrative Specialist 2
DISSOLUTION CASE PROCESSING TEAMS
Marschell Washington, Court Services Supervisor 1
NON-DISSOLUTION INTAKE & CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAMS
Mary Ann Gomez, Court Services Supervisor 2
Makeeya Smith, Court Services Supervisor 2
Alicia McEldowney, Court Services Supervisor 1 (UIFSA)
Martha Cruz, Court Services Supervisor 2
Michelle Meese, Court Services Supervisor 1
JUVENILE AND FAMILY CRISIS TEAMS
Andrea Boldin, Court Services Supervisor 2
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE &CONTEMPT OF RESTRAINING ORDER TEAMS
Priscila Pender, Court Services Supervisor 2
Linda Coppola, Court Services Supervisor 2
CHILDREN IN COURT SERVICES TEAMS
Room 201 F
Carolyn Then, Court Services Supervisor 2
Kevin Evans, Court Services Supervisor 2