Author: Donahue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg, LLC
Legislation currently pending in New Jersey seeks to address concerns that domestic violence laws are not doing enough to protect victims and children. The bill establishes a domestic violence risk assessment pilot program to help identify those who are likely to commit an act of violence against the victim or child.
In 2018, the New Jersey legislature introduced a bill expanding the domestic violence law to include the attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the predicate domestic violence acts already enumerated in the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. The proposed change is an important provision that is intended to clarify the scope of the law in New Jersey.
Couples may want this type of divorce because they can change their marital status without waiting for their financial issues to be sorted out which could take months or years. However, many states prohibit or significantly limit bifurcation including New Jersey.
Legal representation can make a significant difference in ensuring each party in a domestic abuse case, as well as their family members, are protected.
Last year, New Jersey became the second state in the country to ban teenage marriage. Prior to the change, 16- and 17-year-olds could obtain marriage licenses with parental consent.