Joseph Pandolfi

Retired Judge

Joe attended Fordham University, and graduated with a B.A. in political science. He then attended Fordham University School of Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree.

Joe was a practicing attorney for 35 years, handling matters in various areas of the law, with an emphasis on family law and litigation. Among other professional accomplishments, he successfully argued a landmark family law case before the New Jersey Supreme Court. During the period of his private practice, he also served as a municipal court judge for 10 years.

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Articles By Joseph Pandolfi

Can You Get Child Custody If You Have a Criminal Record?
Custody disputes are often emotionally taxing and stressful. When one parent has a felony conviction, it may raise additional concern and complexity. Continue reading to learn more about how a felony conviction might affect a custody plan.
Establishing and Calculating Child Support
Learn more about how courts determine who should pay child support and how much is appropriate.
Child Support Payment FAQ
Child support can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce or custody case. So you should familiarize yourself with commonly asked questions about this topic.
Which States Recognize Common Law Marriage?
There are many factors a court must consider before it can declare that a couple has entered into a common law marriage. Continue reading to learn more about common law marriages and which states recognize them.
How Can I Change a Child Support Order?
A child support order isn’t etched in stone. But if you want to change it, you’d better have a good reason.
Getting Started With Your Divorce
If you’re thinking of ending your marriage, it would be wise to first familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of divorce. Continue reading to learn more.
Must I pay child support during the month I have the kids?
Child support payments are necessary for your children’s well-being. But you may be wondering why you should continue making those payments while the kids are spending an extended period of time with you. This article will explain what—if anything—you can do about that.
Mediation, Arbitration, and Other Ways Unmarried Couples Resolve Disputes When Breaking Up
It’s rarely easy when a couple decides to end their relationship. And if you’re not married, it could be even more challenging, because your legal rights might be a bit fuzzy. The good news is you’ll be able to utilize some of the dispute-resolving methods available to married couples.
How will a divorce court divide a home purchased in my husband's name?
A number of factors control how a house that’s in only one spouse’s name passes in a divorce or at death. Learning what those factors are can help you address this topic with your spouse, if necessary.
Choosing Divorce Court Over Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)—such as mediation and collaborative divorce—has become an increasingly popular means of resolving marital issues. But sometimes, going the traditional divorce route makes more sense.