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Could mediation save you both time and money during divorce?

You've reached a point where you know that your marriage isn't salvageable. Sometimes, a marriage dies slowly over the years, and other times a sudden event, like infidelity, can bring a divorce out of nowhere. Regardless of the reason, chances are that you're trying to figure out the best way to handle your divorce and move on with your life.

If you and your spouse are able to communicate with one another, even if you don't currently agree on critical terms for your divorce, mediation could be a valid option. Instead of going to court, presenting evidence, testifying and hoping that the judge makes a decision you can live with, you can both have an active part in determining the outcome of your divorce. For many couples, mediation is a faster, simpler and more affordable option than dragging a contentious divorce through the courts. 

Tri-custody is gaining acceptance by the courts

Unique circumstances can arise in family law courts -- circumstances that the current laws and regulations don't speak clearly about. Take the recent case in New York that involved a baby born out of a threesome, for example.

A married couple was living upstairs from a woman whom they later brought into their relationship. The three of them began to engage in sexual relations together and the woman downstairs moved in with the couple. Next, they decided to have a baby together.

October is domestic violence awareness month

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States, just as it is throughout the world. If you or a loved is the victim of domestic violence then you know how destructive these situations can be -- particularly because the victims have a difficult time extracting themselves from the situation.

Be reviewing a few statistics for domestic violence in the United States, it's easy to see just how prevalent this issue is.

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.

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