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New Jersey's child custody rules

Just about every parent has a deep and passionate connection to their children in New Jersey. As such, if you're going through a divorce it can be frightening to negotiate child custody arrangements.

The process of deciding when you can and cannot spend time with your children isn't easy. As such, the more you know about New Jersey child custody law and how it works, the more you can feel at ease when navigating your child custody negotiations.

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Our law firm approaches family law problems holistically. That means we offer more than just short-term legal advice. We understand that our clients in New Jersey and New York City may be going through difficult personal transitions. That's why we tailor our advocacy to our clients' unique needs, helping them to plan for their future.

You may need to request a child support modification

Even after a divorce, it goes without saying that you still want to be a great parent. This can mean many things, such as paying your child support in full and on time every month.

If you find that you are unable to make your full child support payment and have reason to believe that this will continue, it's time to think about requesting a modification.

Think about the type of adoption you are considering

The process of adopting a child is filled with decisions. One of the decisions that you have to make involves the type of adoption you plan on using. This is an important choice because it can impact how you handle your new child's upbringing.

There are two types of adoptions for you to think about -- open and closed. Each has very specific points that you need to consider when you are trying to decide which is right for your family.

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Although many spouses just want to move through a divorce quickly, the decisions made in the proceeding will shape your post-divorce life. Accordingly, it is important to understand the legal consequences of child support and custody obligations, property division rights, and spousal support.

How to get approval to relocate with your children

Imagine you just got the job offer of your dreams. The problem is, it's in another state, and your child custody orders prohibit you from moving more than 100 miles away from your current location with your child, and they prohibit you from moving across state lines without first getting permission from the noncustodial parent of your child.

As the custodial parent, you know that you are the one who gives your children the most care. You also know that you and your kids will be better off in this new location, where -- in addition to a good job -- your children's grandparents live. Can you file a request for court approval to relocate?

Can I really get a simple, inexpensive divorce?

We've all heard stories about awful, protracted divorces or witnessed a divorce that turned south and got messy and expensive for both spouses. The good news is that not all divorces have to be that way. If you are willing to work with a professional and make amicable divorce your priority, you can have a straightforward divorce that doesn't deplete all of your assets and motivation to get out of bed in the morning.

For many couples, marriage simply doesn't work, or they realize that they are not a good fit. Even if you experience a significant amount of conflict with your spouse, the prospect of an amicable divorce can allow each of you to be your best selves in the process and save you both time, money and emotional capital.

What equitable distribution means for your divorce

When you first got married, you thought it would last forever. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Now that you and your wife have decided to divorce, there are many things you have to consider. For example, which of you will your children live with? Will one of you keep the house or should you sell it and split the proceeds? What about all the property you have acquired during the marriage?

While some states follow the principles of community property, in which the court generally divides marital property in half, New Jersey adheres to the rules of equitable distribution. Understanding the rules of dividing marital property can be difficult. While a local attorney is your best source of guidance in property division, read further for an overview of the rules of equitable distribution.

Divorcing a spouse with addiction issues

Anyone who has tried to maintain a relationship with a spouse who is out of control with addiction to drugs or alcohol knows firsthand the heartache and futility that brings. At a certain point, the relationship devolves to a codependent mess. That's when it's time to make the break a permanent one.

Sober spouses are often shocked to discover that a past strewn with substance abuse, arrests and failed attempts at rehab do not automatically preclude their children's other parent from remaining involved in their lives.

Do you have children? Consider the benefits of divorce mediation

Are you faced with the divorce process? Do you have a child (or more than one) with your soon-to-be former spouse?

If you find yourself in this situation, you know that you need to protect the best interests of your child at all times.

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