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Richard Diamond

Richard Diamond

Certified Divorce & Family Law Trial Lawyer by the NJ Supreme Court
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • Florida, New Jersey
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Richard Diamond has been practicing Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration work in New Jersey for the past 37 years and is a Certified Family Law Trial Attorney by the N.J. Supreme Court; Accredited New Jersey Family Law Mediator, authorized by the NJ Supreme Court to handle family law mediation matters with an active domestic violence restraining order in place and a Family Law Arbitrator.
Mr Diamond is also a Family Law Economic Mediator in Union, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.
Mr Diamond is also a member of the Essex, Union and Somerset County's Family Law Early Settlement Panel Program (ESP); a member of Who's Who in American Law; listed in Best Lawyers in America and a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for Family Law accomplishments.
Diamond & Diamond limits is practice to divorce, post divorce matters, child custody disputes, domestic violence representation, child support & alimony claims, business valuations in divorce, and prenuptial agreement drafting & review.
The firm also actively represents litigants in the NJ Family Court system in Somerset, Morris, Union, Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, Bergen, Monmouth, & Ocean Counties and regularly appears before the family part judges in each of those counties.

Practice Areas
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Jersey
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D. (1985) | Law
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Rutgers University - Newark
B.A. (1981) | Economics / Business Administration
Honors: Dual Degree
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2019 Award for New Jersey Family Law Attorneys
Lawyers of Distinction
Lifetime Charter Member
Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America
10 Best Family Law Firms in New Jersey
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
N.J. Best Lawyers for Families
New Jersey Family Magazine
Certified Matrimonial Trial Lawyer by the NJ Supreme Court
NJ State Bar Association
Member of Who's Who in American Law 2000 - present
Who's Who in American Law
Professional Associations
New Jersey State Bar - Family Law Section
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Essex County Family Law Early Settlement Panelist
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Somerset County Family Law Early Settlement Panelist
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Union County Family Law Early Settlement Panelist
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Speaking Engagements
Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Continuing legal Education Seminar, NJ
National Business Institute
On an annual basis, Mr Diamond has participated in legal seminars as an author and lecturer on various family law topics involving Domestic Violence matters, Child Custody proceedings, Divorce, & Valuation of Businesses in Divorce matters
Accredited Family Law Economic Mediator with Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in Place
New Jersey State Bar
New Jersey Supreme Court
Accredited Family Law Mediator
New Jersey Superior Court System
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Legal Answers
428 Questions Answered
Q. Divorced 10 yrs ago. Both names on the deed. Selling the house. Do we split current or prev market value
A: The question focuses on the language of the agreement and the discussions/agreement in place when you signed the document. If the intent was to share equally the current value of the home and the current mortgage balance vs whether the intent was to share the then existing value / then existing mortgage balance - Does your former spouse think it was the prior value / original mortgage balance? Even if the agreement is silent as to the valuation, im sure that there was information shared at the time as to the terms being discussed.
Q. Can a divorced husband have any rights to pensions earned after the divorce that his wife earns?
A: On its face, your question should be simple to answer BUT...... If your divorce agreement states that your former husband is entitled to XX% of the marital portion of your pension plan and that a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is to be entered, dividing the benefits, the next question is whether the division is based on the Marx v Marx formula or some other arrangement for division purposes and to make that determination, someone needs to read the language of your settlement agreement on this issue and also review the terms of the QDRO entered at or near the time of the divorce. Simple example - you were married for 15 years at the time of the divorce filing - all of which time you were employed by XXX company you remained employed by the XXX company for 20 years when you decided to retire and begin the collection of your benefits Under the Marx formula, the division of your benefits would be years of marriage (15) over the years of service (20) x former spouses' interest in the marital portion (XX%) 15/20 =75% of the monthly benefit x XX% = former spouse's separate benefit. The next question is whether the calculation of the monthly benefit was set in the pension plan or is based on your last year of employment or last 3 years of employment (even though those years were after the divorce occurred). As I said, on its face, its not a complicated question but without a consultation with an experienced family law attorney to review the agreement terms, the existing QDRO, and the plan, whatever answer a lawyer gives you could be wrong.
Q. Son 19 goes to trade school and works part time ex wants to stop paying. Is this allowed in nj?
A: Start off with the presumption that no she cannot stop paying but I would send her an email, quoting from the terms of your agreement that both of you are obligated to share your son's college/trade school costs and ask her how or why she thinks that she should not have to continue paying in light of his full-time attendance. I would also schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney to review the status of your son's attendance at trade school to make sure that you are on solid ground and if needed, for him to file an enforcement application with the court.
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Diamond & Diamond P.A.
830 Morris Turnpike
Suite 207
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Telephone: (973) 379-9292
Fax: (973) 379-9210
Monday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: Closed
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