Family Law

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

In today’s environment, pre-planning is essential. Many new marriages will end in divorce, and, as the age of first-time marrieds has increased, more men and women than ever before bring substantial assets into a marriage. While no one likes to anticipate divorce, knowing your rights and protecting them can bring peace of mind and get your marriage off on the right foot. Independent consultation with a qualified attorney is especially important for those who have been presented with a proposed agreement by your intended spouse. Mr. Bennett has counseled and negotiated pre-marital agreements on behalf of men and women throughout New Jersey. Clients have often found the relatively small investment to be worth many times its cost in the long-run.


Whether you or your spouse is considering divorce, you need a lawyer who understands that you and your family confront a life-altering challenge. You are entitled to a caring, experienced advocate who will guide you through the process, a lawyer committed to your cause who will discuss and offer alternatives suited to your unique circumstances and needs. With 25 years of experience representing men and women in contested and uncontested matters in New Jersey and New York, Mr. Bennett provides thoughtful, insightful counseling, practical advice and passionate, assertive advocacy of your interests.

Custody and Parenting Time

Custody and parenting time disputes require special knowledge and care. Far too often, parents misuse custody disputes to vent their own grievances against the other parent. The Law Firm of Dean T. Bennett, Esq. is committed to protecting your interests and to seeking reasonable solutions compatible with the best interests of the children.

LGBT Family Law Matters

Marriage equality has profound consequences for gay, lesbian and transgender couples and families. The Law Firm of Dean T. Bennett, Esq. is familiar with and sensitive to the unique legal challenges that often confront LGBT families. Many legal issues which confront LGBT families are not very different from those confronting “traditional” families. However, a myriad of issues unique to LGBT families remain. For example; what do I do if I am already registered in a civil union but want to get married? Will my marriage be recognized in other states? Will my marriage be recognized by the Federal Government? What are my rights as a transgender parent? The Law Firm of Dean T. Bennett, Esq. is uniquely positioned to advise you and prepared to advocate for your family.

Post-Judgment Matters

Changing circumstances which often occur long after divorce often require legal intervention to alter or modify divorce agreements or judgments which are no longer fair. Mr. Bennett has achieved appropriate modifications of alimony, support and child custody plans on behalf of men and women throughout negotiated agreement, mediation and trial.

Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, many individuals and families confront domestic violence stemming from harassment, assault, criminal mischief and other aggressive behaviors inflicted by their husbands, wives, other family members or partners. Mr. Bennett offers extensive experience obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders and trying cases on behalf of men and women who have been victimized or accused of committing domestic violence.


Mr. Bennett is a qualified family law mediator. As a mediator, Mr. Bennett brings his extensive experience to bear in assisting couples resolve their disputes. Mr. Bennett serves frequently as a panelist in the Essex County Early Settlement Program and has assisted hundreds of couples in resolving their disputes.

Collaborative Law

Mr. Bennett is a founding member of the New Jersey Collaborative Divorce Alliance (NJDCA). He is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. In that capacity, Mr. Bennett assists clients who seek non-litigated solutions to their family disputes using a team-oriented, interdisciplinary alternative to traditional litigation. Please refer to NJDCA.ORG for more information about the collaborative process.