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How Fathers Getting Divorced Can Make a Strong Case for Joint Custody

Fathers in New Jersey enjoy the same protections afforded to mothers, with no legal distinction between the two, at least in theory. Although mothers were once more successful in obtaining custody, courts now recognize that a loving relationship with both parents is usually beneficial to the child. However, fathers cannot be sure they are on Read More

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Making the Most of Economic Mediation in a Divorce Case

Economic mediation can be an important step in resolving financial disputes in New Jersey divorce cases. This is a method of resolving disagreements with the assistance of a trained, impartial third party in an informal and non-adversarial setting. Mediation will be ordered by the family court if the spouses do not accept the recommendations of Read More

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Calculating Child Support in High-Net-Worth Cases

New Jersey, like many states, has established guidelines to provide a standardized framework for determining child support awards with consistency and fairness. These guidelines take into account the parents’ incomes, the number of children involved and various other factors. However, they apply only when the parents’ combined net incomes fall within a certain range. If Read More

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How to Divide the Family Home in a Divorce

Property division can be among the most complicated aspects of divorce proceedings. New Jersey courts apply the rule of equitable distribution, which means they divide marital property in a manner that is fair, just and reasonable under the circumstances. In many cases, the marital home is the couple’s largest and most valuable asset. In addition, Read More

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NJ Courts Create a New Parenting Coordinator Program

New Jersey has formally adopted a practice that has been used in family court for some years: the appointment of parenting coordinators to help divorced or separating couples adhere to their parenting responsibilities and resolve disputes. The rule establishing the program took effect September 1, 2023, and the courts’ administrative office has issued a directive Read More

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NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Alimony Termination Based on Cohabitation

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is financial assistance paid after a divorce by one spouse to another based on need. Spousal support can be for a fixed number of years or can be permanent in certain cases. However, alimony ends early if the recipient spouse remarries or cohabitates with a romantic partner. Proving cohabitation Read More

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Dealing With Issues of Biological Parents’ Consent to Adoption

When it comes to adoption, the issue of biological parents’ consent is of utmost importance. The termination of parental rights is a serious decision, and the law sets requirements to safeguard the rights of the biological parents while at the same time seeking to protect the best interests of the child. Under New Jersey law, Read More

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What Is Open Durational Alimony and When Is it Available?

In 2014, New Jersey changed the structure of post-divorce alimony awards. Instead of traditional permanent alimony, courts now grant open durational alimony, which is meant to be a more flexible arrangement. This type of spousal support does not have a fixed end date. Rather, it ends when the parties agree, when the court enters an Read More

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When Can a Child’s Preferences Determine Custody?

In child custody cases, New Jersey family court judges have a duty to focus on what is in the best interests of the children. To inform their custody decisions, judges consider multiple factors, including the preferences of children who are of sufficient age and capacity. Depending on the circumstances, those preferences can be highly persuasive Read More

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Hurdles to Expect When Divorcing a Narcissist

One of the defining characteristics of narcissists is that they manipulate other people for their own personal gain, oblivious to the harm they inflict. Divorcing a narcissist can thus be incredibly stressful and difficult. You may feel scared, overwhelmed and stressed. Whether your spouse has been diagnosed as a narcissist or just exhibits such behavior, Read More

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