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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.

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.

Tips for A Successful Marriage

Tips for A Successful MarriageYou often hear the expression “a marriage made in Heaven”, signifying that two people are so compatible in a harmonious marriage or partnership, that it is as if that union was created in Heaven.

Most people would like to think that their marriage bears this seal of approval, but, the sad truth is that, these days, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce – in fact, you might be surprised to know that in the U.S., someone gets divorced every 10 to 13 seconds.  It seems that divorce is the solution when ideas and hearts no longer mesh – a disagreement or two, and harsh words are exchanged, then usually words perhaps are spoken, that are best left unsaid.  Next thing you know, a couple is not seeking marriage counseling, but one or the other is headed to a divorce attorney.  Often the source of discontent is money.  So, sometimes, having the forethought to have a prenuptial agreement in place to iron out any money issues before the marriage takes place, may be helpful.  But, in some instances, the mere suggestion of getting a “prenup” raises your partner’s hackles.

At one time, people married young, and stayed married for life, or until death robbed the remaining partner of longstanding love and companionship.  It makes your heart feel good to see an elderly couple holding hands and still enjoying one another after so many decades.

The Evolution of Gender Roles in Marriage

Gender Roles in MarriageOnce upon a time, young adults all aspired for the same thing – a good job, find a partner, move to the ‘burbs, start a family, get a dog … live happily ever after.  Young women seldom had a career, opting instead to marry, become a homemaker and stay home with the children.  The term “stay-at-home mom” had not even been coined yet – it was just expected of young women, that she forsake any future plans … she would be there for her husband and kids.

What is Child Support?

What is Child SupportChild support for minor children is defined as the payment that a non-custodial parent is ordered to make as support for the costs of raising his or her child/children (hereinafter just referred to as “child”).  The financial assistance is provided by the parent who does not have physical custody of his or her child, so that that particular parent’s income does not benefit the child on a daily basis.  The child support may be court-ordered, or voluntary, and may be set forth through a divorce decree or a separate order.  Sometimes, if child support is ordered, but not paid timely, or at all, state agencies may intervene forcing the payment of child support.  In the case where divorce has occurred, but both parents have full, or joint custody, in most cases there is no child support involved.  If you have questions about child custody or divorce you should contact a family law attorney in Short Hills for assistance in answering your questions.  A top NJ attorney will be happy to work with you to answer all of your legal questions.

Technically, the duty to support a minor child rests with both parents, even if the custodial parent has the means to care for the child on their own.  But, the support that is provided from the non-custodial parent not only pays for the child’s basic needs but allows the child to share in the standard of living both parents enjoy.

Paternity Leave

What is Paternity Leave?

This is not your father’s workplace when it comes to time off for dads after the birth of a child.  Your dad probably had to use a personal day or vacation day for the birth of each child, and was expected back at work the next business day, passing out cigars, then his nose was right to the grindstone.

Maternity Leave

How Does Maternity Leave Work?

Maternity leave is one of those topics you leave on the back burner until it is time to deal with it; after all, if you’re not pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, why worry about any benefits or returning to your former position after the birth of your baby, right?

Did you know the United States is one of only three countries left in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave?  The others are Papua, New Guinea and Oman.