Ocean County Family

 Overview of the Family Division

The Family Division Presiding Judge and the Family Division Manager work closely together to coordinate the operation of this Division. There are two Assistant Family Division Managers and eight Team Leaders in the Division. This is a complex Division with many docket types. The Family Division processes approximately 20,000 cases per year.

There are eight operational teams within the Family Division that work closely with their assigned Judges:

A) Dissolution and Non-dissolution case types. There are four integrated teams that handle these docket types based upon a regional assignment- North, Central, South, and West. The teams are located in the Ocean County Justice Complex, 2nd floor, room 209/210, 120 Hooper Ave., Toms River, N.J. 08753 Telephone number: 732-929-2037.

  1. Dissolution - this docket type (FM) involves the processing of all actions of Divorce, Nullity, and Separate Maintenance.
  2. Non-Dissolution - this docket type (FD) involves the processing of actions involving Child Custody, Parenting Time (Visitation), Child Support (Establishment/Modification), Paternity, Spousal Support (when there is no divorce/nullity action), and Medical Support. Also included in this docket type are the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) matters which involve the processing of out-of-state petitions for the establishment of paternity, child support, spousal support, medical support and the enforcement of existing child support orders.

B) Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence Contempt Unit There is one team that handles all matters related to Domestic Violence cases. Both docket types, the Domestic Violence docket type (FV)  and the Domestic Violence Contempt docket type (FO), are processed in Room 175, 1st floor, Ocean County Justice Complex, 120 Hooper Ave. Toms River, N.J. 08753.Telephone number: 732-929-2019.

C) Juvenile Intake - This team handles all pre-dispositional matters involving Juvenile Delinquency (FJ). They oversee and monitor all detention and shelter admissions countywide as well as completing Social Investigations. Other functions include Intake Conferences and Juvenile Conference Committees as well as docketing and scheduling all cases. This unit is located at 239 Washington Street, 3 Mott Place, 2nd floor, Toms River, NJ 08753. Telephone 732-929-4717.

D) Children in the Courts - This unit handles all matters involving children that have been placed out of home by the Division of Youth and Family Services. Dockets 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 room 239 Washington Street, 3 Mott Place, 1st floor, Toms River, NJ 08753. Telephone 732-288-7825.

 Ocean Vicinage Family Court Judges and Managers

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES 

Hon. Patricia B. Roe 
Presiding Judge, Family Part
Courtroom #14
Ocean County Justice Complex
732-288-7890

Hon. Stephanie M. Wauters 
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #22
213 Washington St., 1st Floor
732-929-4782

Hon. Sheldon R. Franklin
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #21
125 Washington Street
3rd Floor
732-506-5024

Hon. Marquis D. Jones, Jr.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #13
Ocean County Justice Complex
732-831-7941

Hon. Lawrence R. Jones 
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #20
125 Washington St., 2nd Floor
732-288-7812

Hon. Madelin F. Einbinder
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #4
100 Hooper Ave.
732-288-7727

Hon. Melanie Donohue Appleby
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #15
120 Hooper Ave.  

732-288-7241

Managers

Joseph A. Sclama
Family Division Manager
732-929-2042

Brian Giustozzi
Assistant Family Division Manager
Juvenile, Children in the Courts and Domestic Violence/Contempt
732-929-4705

Stephanie Hudson
Assistant Family Division Manager
Dissolution and Non-Dissolution
732-288-7883


Mary Babich
Court Services Supervisor 2
Juvenile Intake
732-288-7666

Bonnie Baine
Court Services Supervisor 2
Domestic Violence Unit/Contempt
732-929-2019

Agustina Richardson

Court Services Supervisor 2
Dissolution/Non-dissolution South Team
732-929-4708


Sheri Bacchetta 
Court Services Supervisor 2
Children in the Courts
732-288-7655

Terri Machamer 

Court Services Supervisor 2
Dissolution/Non-dissolution Team West
732-929-4752

Kelly Berardi 
Court Services Supervisor 2
Dissolution/Non-dissolution Team North
732-506-5114

Maria Rotunno

Court Services Supervisor 2
Certification Team/UIFSA
732-506-5350

 

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