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Who Gets the Dog? Pet Custody and New Jersey Divorce

During a divorce, couples must decide how to divide their property—homes, automobiles, even retirement accounts. But something feels wrong about calling your beloved pet a piece of property. After all, you love and take care of your dog or cat in a way that you do not pay attention to your dining room set. Even… Read More »

Common Mistakes Made in Divorce Mediation

New Jersey’s divorce courts put a premium on cooperation. To that end, divorcing couples typically need to attend multiple mediation sessions. Couples can also voluntarily enter into mediation to try and work out their differences so that the divorce will proceed as smoothly as possible. If you are preparing for economic mediation or an intensive… Read More »

Is Your Ex Interfering With Visitation?

What happens if your ex is actively interfering with your ability to see your children during your visitation? What are your rights? What action can be taken? Fortunately, New Jersey takes these allegations seriously, and you can press your legal rights in court. Common Scenarios Few parents will come right out and tell their ex,… Read More »

Getting an Annulment in New Jersey

Couples who are planning to separate should consider their options. One option, annulment, is not often well understood. Like a divorce, an annulment legally dissolves a marriage. However, an annulment treats the marriage as if it never happened, whereas a divorce recognizes the legitimacy of the marriage. In New Jersey, couples can get an annulment… Read More »

Child Custody: How to get it, how to change it

New Jersey Child Custody Divorce is fraught with many difficult emotions, but nothing is more emotional than a custody fight. Ideally, you and the other parent can reach an agreement on custody and therefore avoid the expense and stress of a protracted court battle. When agreement is not possible, a judge will need to determine… Read More »

Child Support: How to get it, change it, and how is it calculated?

Child Support in New Jersey New Jersey parents have a legal obligation to financially provide for their children. This duty exists regardless of whether a parent intends to maintain a relationship with the child or decides to leave town and never see the child again. In fact, the state will garnish your wages and take… Read More »

Grandparent and Third-Party Rights to Custody or Visitation

Extended families are important, and New Jersey law strives to keep children in contact with grandparents and other loved ones. Nevertheless, the state must also consider the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, and this might include not allowing children to visit grandparents or other adults. Read on to better… Read More »

The Divorce Process in New Jersey

Divorce can be emotionally exhausting, but there is no reason to avoid divorce because you are confused about the process. Before making the decision to file, you should have a handle on what will be expected of you. No two divorces are the same because each family is unique. Nevertheless, the divorce process roughly follows… Read More »

Can I Move Out of New Jersey with My Child?

Life rarely stands still, and divorced parents might soon find that they want to move with their children after a divorce. A recent decision from the Supreme Court of New Jersey has changed what you need to show in order to get permission for the move. Because this is a complicated area of law, you… Read More »

The Impact of the New Alimony Law in New Jersey

New Jersey’s alimony laws were long criticized as being outdated and in need of a face lift. In 2015, Governor Christie responded to these calls and signed a new alimony law, changing whether couples will need to make alimony payments to ex-spouses and for how long. Say “Goodbye” to Permanent Alimony In the past, some… Read More »