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Every divorce and family law case is unique. It is your attorney's job to illustrate to the Judge why it is different and unique. Why should the Judge remember your case over the others stacked in his or her chambers. When you meet with your lawyer, you need to be very clear as to your expectations and what is the most important aspects of your case. By doing so, your attorney will know which aspects of the case are negotiable and which are not. Your attorney can then portray this to the opposing attorney and more importantly to the Judge when the time comes. If you have a divorce cases that involves complex custody issues, complex assets, it is important to work with someone that both understands parenting and understands finance. If your lawyer does not understand what is the true value or the risk in the value of an asset, the lawyer can be placing your future and your divorce outcome at risk. New Jersey is not a community property state and it is important to know that each asset is NOT automatically divided equally. Working with an attorney that can carve out a deal that each party can live with is key or you run the risk of a stranger in a black robe will decide key aspects of your fate.