No divorce is stress-free even when couples mutually agree to split. It is an emotional period, often made worse because there are many issues that must be settled, including those involving children, living arrangements and finances. Couples must think rationally about the divorce process and the next steps in their lives at the same time they are dealing with anger, grief and uncertainty.
Mediation can be a highly cost-effective way to settle disputes in divorce. In certain situations, divorcing parties elect to attend mediation without hiring attorneys as an additional cost-saving measure. If you intend to go to mediation without an attorney, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, and most importantly, remember the mediator […]
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.
New Jersey law permits a victim of domestic violence to obtain a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) if granted, the alleged aggressor will be personally served with a copy of the TRO by local law enforcement officers. Although the officers may only be serving the TRO, a recent case makes clear that the defendant can be arrested for other crimes the officers may observe or based on evidence they may legally gather regardless of what happens with the TRO.
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.