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The Cost of Divorce- What am I Looking At?
Like everything, the cost of your divorce is based upon the complexity of your matter: Are their children? What kind of assets and debts do the divorcing parties have? The length of the marriage? Are there any medical issues or disabilities to consider?
The expense of your divorce, if you hire a lawyer, will certainly be more expensive. However, you are paying the lawyer for their time and expertise in guiding you through one of the most stressful times in any person’s life. Divorce ranks up there with death of a spouse and death of a child as to life’s most stressful events. Having s
Things to Consider Before Separation (and Divorce)
1. If you have children, do not leave the marital residence until you have an agreed and signed parenting time plan detailing when each party can spend time with the children. It is much easier to leave the home then to get back in once you have left. New Jersey does not recognize legal separation, but the parties can privately contract an agreement, called a Consent Order, laying out various issues such as parenting time and child support.
2. Sanitize your online profile. In any custody fight, the first thing your opposing counsel will look for is dirt that you have posted online. This can harm your chances of getting an acceptable custody decision from the Court.
3. Begin saving a war chest for pending legal fees and all other costs that will now be your sole responsibility to pay.
4. If your marriage is not irretrievable broken, find a good marriage therapist and give it every chance in the world. Also, find and employ a good child the
Domestic Violence – End it!
Domestic Violence Is All Around Community
- In the U.S. approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner.
- Over half of female homicide victims were involved with their killers. Over 12 times as many women were murdered by a man they knew than were killed by male strangers.
- One out of every three pregnant women is a victim of abuse.
- 50% of all women who are murdered in this country are killed by a boyfriend or husband.
- 25% of college females have sexually assaulted. 84% of these victims knew them men that hurt them.
Domestic Violence is Learned Behavior
- Children are seven times more likely to grow up and repeat the same behavior as adults if they were raised in an abusive family.
- Violence is almost always repeated in a relationship. It almost never happens “just once”.
- The cycle of violence is repeated from gener
Common Adoption Types in New Jersey
There are three common types of adoption in New Jersey. Private adoption, grandparent or family member adoption, and step-parent adoption.
Private adoptions usually take place through an agency, the birthparents and the prospective parents. Adoptions can be open, semi-open, or closed. This describes the contact the adoptive family has with the birthparent(s) and whether the transfer of the child goes to the agency first before being placed or is placed directly from the birthparents to the adoptive parents with agency supervision.
Families or individuals looking to make a forever home for a child have to proceed through various steps and an evaluation called a home study in order to become adoptive parents. New Jersey requires all adoptions have a home study. A home study is an evaluation of the adoptive applicant’s potential to be a suitable parent for a child. The home study includes various interviews with the family, a home visit, and joint intervie
Custody and Co-Parenting Tips for Back to School
The new school year is here. For many families, this means organizing calendars, setting up school activities, and parent-teacher conferences. When a child’s parents no longer live together and the parents are either separated or divorced, the challenges for back to school can become exponentially more complex. Below are a few tips that can make this time of year less challenging.
Download A Co-Parenting App
In a previous blog posting, we discussed and reviewed various apps made specifically for parents who live apart and must co-parent. These smartphone apps help with communication, scheduling, medical appointments, and keeping your child’s day to day activities in order.
Keep in Mind the Big Picture
When co-parenting, the two options are either the parents agree, or they must return to court and seek assistance with the judge. Parenting is typically set out in Settlement Agreements under custody and parenting time. Life changes and o