Category: Child Custody
While New Jersey law allows an exemption from mandatory immunization for medical or religious reasons, that right is not absolute. A recent New Jersey Appellate Division case dealt with vaccination over parents’ objection in a very limited circumstance, but it’s reasoning may be relevant in broader situations.
Under New Jersey law, parents are presumptively required to provide for the financial support of their unemancipated children. While many parents believe child support automatically terminates when a child reaches age 18, this is not true in New Jersey. Child support terminates upon a child’s emancipation. Importantly, the definition of emancipation varies by state, making it extremely pertinent parents are aware of their state’s laws.
Many divorce agreements require the maintenance of a life insurance policy to secure a party’s alimony and/or child support obligation. Typically, the parties will agree to take out a specific amount of life insurance on their lives, naming their former spouse or children as the beneficiaries. They must also periodically provide proof that they are paying the premiums. Life insurance offers important protection but is not foolproof since the proceeds may be lost for various reasons.
In New Jersey, the basic amount of child support is calculated according to a formula – the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. Does New Jersey law allow parents to “deviate” from the amount determined by this formula?
In almost every divorce involving children, parents will need to address the issue of parenting time. A common question raised by divorced parents is whether at some point, the parenting time order ends because children are old enough to decide what time they will spend with each parent.
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.