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When a couple gets divorced, child custody is often the most important matter to determine. As a result, it is taken very seriously by the court. When determining custody, the goal is to ensure that the child’s standard of living is the same, or better, than before the divorce. Relationships can seriously impact the child’s standard of living. For example, if a child has a close relationship with a grandparent and can no longer see…
In New Jersey, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially. As a result, child support is taken very seriously. It is carefully calculated and can be legally enforced by the court if it is not paid. Generally, child support will be paid to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent has the child for more of the time, therefore spending more money on the child. Read on to…
Today, many people are out of work. This can be especially difficult for those who have to pay child support. So, do you still have to pay child support if you have lost your job? Read on to learn more about modifying child support in the event of unemployment. How is Child Support Determined? When a court determines child support, there are a lot of different factors that are taken into account. Some of these…
Sometimes, marriages end for a very specific reason. Other times, people grow apart and their marriage no longer works. If this is the case, you will likely file for a no-fault divorce. Read on for more information regarding no-fault divorce in New Jersey. Fault Grounds When filing for divorce, you must cite grounds. This refers to the legal reason you are filing for divorce. The grounds on which you can file include: Desertion Extreme cruelty…
Finances are a major aspect of a marriage. When two people join their lives together, they also share assets, bank accounts, and more. As a result, prenuptial agreements are common. In some cases, parents feel strongly about prenuptial agreements. Parents are often protective of their children, and this can extend to finances as well. So what do you do if your future in-laws want you to sign a prenuptial agreement, but you don’t want to?…
Child custody is a complicated matter. Read on to learn more about custody, how it is determined, and what to do if it is lost. How is Custody Determined? Sometimes, parents can make custody decisions amongst themselves. Often, it is not that simple. Custody is an incredibly difficult topic to address because parents often have strong and differing opinions when it comes to what is best for their children. In cases like this, it will…
Divorces are incredibly common. As a result, many individuals get re-married, which changes and expands families. Stepparents, stepsiblings, and stepchildren may be added to the mix. Stepparents and stepchildren can have wonderful relationships. In some cases, a stepparent may even wish to adopt his or her stepchild. This can be a difficult process, so it is important to educate yourself, examine all of your options, and speak with a skilled family law attorney. Read on…
Every family is different. As a result, there are multiple different types of adoptions depending upon the situation. For example, you may wish to adopt a child from another country, or you may be a stepparent working toward adopting your stepchild. Read on to learn more about the different types of adoption in New Jersey. Different Types of Adoption in New Jersey: Domestic adoption: This is when you, a United States resident, choose to adopt…
During the holidays, we tend to surround ourselves with family. For divorced couples who share custody, this can be a difficult time. Often, both parents want to spend the holidays with their kids. So, how do you handle custody during the holiday season? There are a number of ways to handle custody, but every family is different and what works for one family may not work for another. Read on to learn more about the…
If you are a survivor of domestic violence, you may need to obtain a restraining order. This can feel like a major undertaking, but there are resources to help protect you and your family. If you are interested in obtaining a restraining order, contact our firm today to discuss your options and the steps you should take. Read on to learn more about restraining orders in New Jersey. What is a Restraining Order? A…