Over the course of a 5 year custody dispute, I have learned much about Amy Sauter and Family Court. I hope this information can help others seeking representation. It has been a steep learning curve and often a bumpy ride, but one thing has remained constant, Amy's heartfelt concern for my childs well being. I didn't know how important this quality would become in an environment of hyperbole, treachery and conflict. Combined with the many grey areas and seemingly arbitrary nature of Family Court, Amy's commitment to my child proved to be the most important factor in a positive outcome that has maintained a father daughter relationship amidst a constant barrage of accusation and poor behavior. When I felt pressured, panicked and pushed to respond in kind, Amy's council that truth patience and moral integrity was not only the proper course in court, but was the only beneficial way to move forward in my relationship with my child. While other attorneys came to court full of bravado, false accusations and righteousness in an attempt to confuse the court where facts are few and innuendo is rampant, Amy was always fully prepared with copious notes, polite and kind to everyone, and at times even appeared anxious about the impending proceedings. The juxtaposition was obvious and often misinterpreted by a courthouse full of handshakers and fakers, but not by the judges. Amy's demeanor was is a result of her intense concern to get it right, knowing the great responsibility she held for her client and child's future. I'm sure every judge we went before was well aware of her deep concern and was not fooled by accusations wrapped in confidence. On the occasion that a judge had to decide on the information put forth and the results seemed unfair, I would engage in heated discussions with Amy about how to proceed. The peanut gallery would say you have to fight dishonesty with dishonesty, low blow with low blow, bluster with bluster. Amy would not compromise, not primarily because of her great personal integrity, but rather her knowledge that it was a temporary advantage for our advisary on a long road that would eventually reveal all participants intentions. She never played to my temporary outbursts even at the cost of losing a client. While other attorneys might follow a clients demands to maintain a business relationship, Amy always held her ground with me, even in the most difficult times, to help me find the right path for my child. And when she felt it was crucial to the overall disposition of our goals, and necessary to defend our integrity, Amy would become surprisingly strong, aggressive, and even angry expressing her displeasure to the court. She innately knew when this was appropriate and its impact on the court was far greater when used sparingly. Amy left no stone unturned and always advised to be proactive to guard against surprises and confront what , at the time may have been seen as insignificant, problem behavior. The documentation became a resource that could prove invaluable later. My advisary's stated intentions to force a resolution by breaking me financially was always a concern. There is a cost to being thorough but Amy's billing was always completely documented and fair minded. If you build a house and hire the lowest builder your roof might leak. What happens to your relationship with your child when you hire a lawyer who instead of preparedness, relies on courtroom antics? Or in an effort to save money leaves a matter deemed worthy, but not at the moment, undocumented. Amy is a credit to her profession and a true defender of what most in the courthouse claim to be but are not, your child.
The office at Sauter and Pescatore is occupied by like minded people whose concern is most evident on the difficult days heading into court. Although i always felt everyone's concern and support, I must point out that one, in particular, had words and a way that helped me greatly to focus and relax.
A truly outstanding attorney, perhaps the best divorce lawyer in Bergen County
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I came to Amy in shambles. My previous attorney was terrible and had screwed up my case to the point that I thought I would completely lose custody of my child and be forced to give up my home and everything I had worked for.
Amy fought tooth and nail in this uphill battle. She handled the case aggressively, she handled it compassionately, and ultimately, she earned me a result I never thought possible. Amy came recommended to me by numerous people in the area. She was there for me whenever I would call, she would explain every option, every proceeding, and was also there to talk me down from the ledge several times when I thought I was losing it. I completely disagree with any reviewers that say she was unprepared! She would walk me through every hearing, she would stay at the office late to meet with me when I would finish work, and would even call me back late at night or on weekends if a custody issue arose. Because of Amy I now have a wonderful relationship with my daughter, and my child support and alimony obligations are completely reasonable and manageable.
I would recommend Amy to anyone and everyone. Her fees are reasonable, especially considering that she is truly an amazing attorney (and charges less than comparable attorneys in the area). It is also worth mentioning that she worked with me on my bill, regularly lowering it when I would have a bad month (I work in sales). I am forever grateful for Amy and her staff (specifically Diane and Michelle). My life wouldn't be the same had it not been for them.
If you are looking for a family attorney that really cares then look no further than Amy Sauter and her staff. I was looking for any attorney to help me with a child custody dispute. Amy came recommended to me by a friend. She was my 5th attorney and accomplished so much more than all of them put together. Her and her team of workers are knowledgeable, friendly, hardworking, and they will treat you like family, your problem will become their problem. They will work 110% to make sure you get what you deserve or what you are fighting for. She will bring to the table her many of years of experience to work for you. She is a little expensive, but remember you get what you pay for. I am so glad that I chose Amy, I just wish that I found her sooner and maybe I could have actually saved money in the long run, not to mention all the stress and headaches too!
Together we accomplished what my other attorneys could not do, and what others said would never happen! Put your faith in Amy like I did and you will be so glad that you did.