Friendly Family Law


Friendly Family Law

Your solution to peacefully resolving family issues

Rooted in Jersey City, Friendly Family Law represents creative clients looking for peaceful, cost effective and practical solutions to their family law needs, no matter the complexity. Divorce does not have to be difficult. It can be amicable instead of acrimonious. It can be done with elegance instead of explosiveness.

Our goal is to be the change we wish see in family law practice. Friendly Family Law stands by the belief that our clients can be served best by their legal counsel not being weapons of further destruction, but by rather being agents of peace and equity.  We will protect your family and your rights with heart!



121 Newark Ave, Fl 5, Suite 579
Jersey City, NJ 07302





Who We Are


Padraic F.X. Dugan Esq.

Founder and President

Padraic F.X. Dugan prides himself on treating his clients with great patience and dignity during what can be an exceedingly difficult time in their lives. After law school, Mr. Dugan obtained a prestigious Judicial Clerkship with the Hon. Robert A. Coogan, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey Division of Equity and Chancery Family Part. After his clerkship, he began his private practice career as an attorney at James P. Yudes, PC, specializing in all family law areas including but not limited to: divorce and separation, domestic violence, high asset complex financial matters, and contentious child custody issues. Mr. Dugan was contributing editor on Yudes Consumer Guide to Divorce and the yearly Yudes Family Law Citator. After close to a decade of practice, Mr. Dugan went on to found the Jersey City based firm, Friendly Family Law, LLC, which sets out to serve the community with compassion and justice.

He currently resides in the Hamilton Park neighborhood of Jersey City with his wife and best friend, Arielle. In 2017, Mr. Dugan launched a campaign for City Councilperson to represent Downtown Jersey City under the banner of “Putting People Before Politics.” Mr. Dugan went onto endorse the eventual winner and current Councilperson James Solomon. Mr. Dugan remains active as an advocate for social justice issues in the Jersey City Community.


Juris Doctor, 2009

B.A., Sociology, 2005

Activities & Affiliations

  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Member

  • Hudson County Family Law American Inns of Court, Barrister

  • Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, Member

  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member

  • Hudson County Bar Association, Member

  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C.