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Stutzke Law is a boutique family, employment, estate planning, and commercial litigation practice with dual offices located in Parlin and Freehold, New Jersey.

Here at Stutzke Law, your problems become our problems. It’s not about us - it’s about you. We understand that losing a business, a job or a marriage is quite possibly one of the most devastating and demanding times in a person's life. To that end, we strive to be sensitive to the financial and emotional needs of each and every one of our clients.

We more than prepared to see you through these tough times as not only a counselor but as a close friend and an equal. We are very protective of our clients' rights, and work hard to achieve optimal settlement packages for them. But when necessary, we litigate aggressively to protect our clients' interests.

Contact our office today to arrange a free consultation. (732) 952-2903 – Stutzke Law, LLC has Greek and Spanish translators on site. Please let us know if you require translation services for your free initial consultation!

Guardianships for Special Needs Adults

dawn-nature-sunset-womanAs a young adult with special needs approaches the age of 18, his or her caretakers may wish to consider applying for a legal guardianship over their son or daughter. Most likely, the young adult has been receiving services from the NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF) for some time.

What is involved in obtaining a guardianship over a special needs child?


The Court Rules/Statutes require that the following be filed with the Court:

  1. A$300.00 filing fee; and
  2. A Verified Complaint for Guardianship containing basic biographical information as…

Emancipation & the New Child Support Statute in NJ


New Jersey recently passed a new child support statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67-75, that will become effective on February 1, 2017.  The statute sets new rules concerning the emancipation of minors.  As of February 1, 2017, child support shall automatically terminate upon a child’s marriage, entry into military service, death, or attainment of the age of 19.  However, child support may be extended to continue after the child turning the age of 19 if the parties have an agreement that child support will continue past the child turning the age of 19, the…

Property Tax Appeals Due in Monmouth County by 1/15/16


As the old saying goes, there are really only two certain inevitabilities in life – death and taxes.  And for homeowners in the good old Garden State, the latter will rise each year almost as sure as the sun will each day.

Relief, however, may be in sight. Homeowners in New Jersey need not blindly accept their property tax assessments. As we all know, individual homes may be as unique as fingerprints, rendering properties in relatively close geographic areas of incomparable value. A wide variety of other circumstances may also…

Will You Roast if You Toast? Alcohol Use and Abuse and Neglect Under Title 9


It’s New Years Honey, pop open that champagne!

This is a common refrain in homes throughout the country on New Year’s Eve, but what if there are children present? Can DCPP (formerly DYFS) get involved if you drink in front of your children? The answer as always involves shades of grey.

The Division is given broad discretion in their ability to get involved with families under the guise of child safety and well being. The Division only needs to be concerned that there is a risk of harm to a…

The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines – The Nuts and Bolts

nj child supportIn New Jersey, child support is set pursuant to what is known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. Generally speaking, the Court is mandated to use these Guidelines in setting an award of support for a minor child, as the right to support belongs to the minor and is not considered subject to “waiver” by the parent. While a deviation from the Guidelines is sometimes appropriate, the reasons for the deviation are typically placed on the record, with a copy of the Guidelines-based award being attached to the divorce…

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