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Child Custody

Common Issues About Child Custody

Child custody can be a hotly contested topic during and even after a divorce. Parents often have questions regarding how to handle the issue, and how to cause the children as little pain as possible. In many instances, it is important to find an attorney who specializes in such matters.  While there are basic procedures that most child custody cases follow, it is helpful to have as much information as possible going into a child custody case. This article provides a brief overview of common issues in child custody, as well as frequently asked questions that parents may have regarding their specific cases.

Trends in Divorce and Family Law

Divorce and Family LawDivorce is a painful, often embarrassing subject for everyone involved. Once the decision has been reached to cut ties with a loved one, drawing out the process in a long and argumentative divorce only worsens the already strained relationship. If the separated couple had children together, the strain becomes even stronger. With these impending difficulties in mind, knowledge of the trends in divorce and family law can help families prepare for their next steps during this unpredictable time. Here are a few insights from top divorce attorneys in New Jersey on this subject matter.

Understanding Alimony and Child Support Payments

Alimony and Child Support PaymentsWhile browsing online, you can find just about anything you want.  For example, if divorce is in the cards for you, you can find a site where a calculator will determine what amount you may receive from your ex-spouse for alimony or child support.  These sites are great for giving you a general idea, but, are for discussion purposes only, since it is the judge who presides over the proceeding who generates the decision after a review of important criteria regarding your case.

So, what does a judge take into consideration regarding alimony and child support?

First, we’ll look at alimony…

How Does Child Custody Work?

How Does Child Custody WorkDivorce benefits no one … it leaves heartbreak in its wake, usually after a long and acrimonious journey from filing the Complaint for Divorce, until the final divorce decree.  On that day the divorce is final, there is often a look back at “what went wrong?”  And, most of know that divorce usually leaves its mark on the child or children of a divorced couple.

Though the parties’ attorneys may make their recommendations to the judge about child custody, the ultimate decision is made by the judge to determine what is in each child’s best interest.  The Judge’s decision on child custody matters takes a few factors into account, both as they relate to the child and each parent.

Divorce Laws in New Jersey

Divorce Laws NJWhen day-to-day existence is intolerable due to fractures in your marriage, there is sometimes no other remedy than to file for divorce.  For some, marriage counseling or living apart will work to slowly repair the damage in your marital bonds, but, sadly, for some it is a lost cause. Your best bet when considering filing for divorce is to consult with a reputable top family lawyer in New Jersey.  This specialty of the law will garner you the expert advice that you need to get through the entire divorce process.  Filing for divorce and the actual decree of divorce will not happen overnight, thus, you will need guidance and the expertise of a counselor to get through this process.

Divorce Versus Separation

Divorce Versus Separation

For couples whose marriage is on the skids, the thought in each of the partner’s minds is “I’d be so much better if I could just leave and be rid of him/her”, even though the very finality of ending the marriage can be a scary prospect.  Unless each of the parties has a high-power job, and the financial ability to make it on their own, there is usually hesitation on either side.

Whether the marriage is of many years’ duration, or just recent, people often have a few spats, and it escalates a little further, and soon one of them threatens to end the marriage.

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

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Two People Putting a Puzzle Together

A divorce is never an easy situation to find oneself in; and many times proceedings can seem like they continue forever before they come to an end. A NJ family attorney can help couples file a collaborative divorce which is a new alternative to the traditional process. Collaborative divorce law allows the spouses to work with attorneys who will help them negotiate the terms of a divorce in a much friendlier and peaceful environment. Each spouse will hire a collaborative attorney who will assist them and advise them in negotiating the terms of a settlement agreement. After the two spouses meet with their individual attorneys, the four parties will meet together to discuss the terms of the divorce and try to reach an agreement. If a collaborative divorce cannot be reached the proceedings must go on to the court system. In these cases the collaborative attorney cannot represent their client in the court proceedings. The goal of a collaborative divorce is to peacefully settle all the terms of the divorce through a series of negotiations. A successful collaborative divorce will end with both parties agreeing on all the aspects of the divorce.

Common Family Law Questions

Family Law Questions
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Generally speaking, most family members can make decisions together concerning their lives without any type of intervention from outside sources. But there are those times when a family law attorney should be consulted for advice or legal counsel. When a divorce occurs an attorney who is familiar with NJ family law can help couples or families sort through the facts and come to resolutions. Most of the time, NJ family law concentrates on divorce or issues pertaining to child custody but there can be other reasons that a NJ family law attorney is needed. Here are some of the questions commonly asked about NJ family law.