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Cape May County Family Law Blog

New Jersey couple abducts their own child

Child custody is often discussed in the context of a divorce, with both parents engaging in heated legal battles to determine who should rightfully be in charge of the well-being of a child. This is perhaps the most common type of legal concern when it comes to child custody, but it is certainly not the only concern. There are many reasons that a married couple may lose custody of their child, generally in instances in which they are determined to be unfit parents.

Legal assistance with alimony and spousal support

It is a sad reality that people almost always make money their top priority, or at least one of their top priorities. It is for this reason that divorces can often be extremely heated, as both parties seek to recover more money or more assets from the division. This is why child support is often a heavily contested topic, and one parent feels that they deserve more money to care for the child, while the other parent tends to feel that he or she is paying too much to support a child that he or she never gets to see.

Custody options in New Jersey

There are many different aspects covered by family law, and the courts must make decisions on these aspects based on various factors. While asset division is perhaps the most common part of a divorce, marriages that have children must reach a determination about child custody. For couples who divorce from a marriage that brought forth a child, child custody is perhaps the most important issue that family law will cover, as both parents usually want to spend as much time as possible with their children.

How is child support payment enforced?

Child support is an extremely important area of family law that is designed to ensure that children are able to maintain the same or nearly the same quality of life after a divorce that they became accustomed to before the divorce. Many factors go into determining what is considered a fair amount of child support, including the income of the parent paying child support and the amount of time that a parent can spend with the child directly.

Man alleges domestic violence against his partner

Same-sex marriage has been a very popular topic for many people all across the country for the past few months. The legalization of same-sex marriage has understandably contributed to a surge in interest about same-sex couples and their rights under the law, with issues such as adoption for same-sex couples, prenuptial agreements and even divorce commonly arising. While these are all fairly normal concepts of family law and the family unit, there is another aspect of family life that is not as commonly addressed in the context of same-sex couples: domestic violence.

Legal assistance for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples have always been able to benefit from the help of family law attorneys, though the need for legal advice certainly increased back in 2013 when same-sex marriage was officially legalized in the state. With same-sex marriage now legalized all across the country, there are many additional legal questions that are being raised about same-sex marriage and its place in the law.

Two NJ residents wanted for failure to pay child support

When it comes to child support, there are many considerations that the courts must look at in order to determine a payment that is fair to both parties. Only with assistance from the divorcing couple and their attorneys can the courts gain a clear enough picture of both individuals' life circumstances, which is important in determining a fair payment. Unfortunately, these payments are still not always fair, but individuals are encouraged to remember that a child support order is a legal mandate, and must be followed.

Child custody considerations in New Jersey

It is one of the most common questions and biggest issues during a divorce: how can I make sure to get a fair custody agreement? When a couple is getting a divorce, there will obviously be many changes to their lives, but chief among these for parents is usually how often they will or will not get to see their children. It is understandable that the custody arrangement will be high on their list of concerns and priorities.

Legal assistance with New Jersey child custody arrangements

Child custody is one of the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. In many divorces, it remains hotly contested well after the divorce proceedings are concluded. Nearly all parents want to spend time with their children, and when they are legally prohibited from spending as much time with their children as they would like, it is understandable that they would be upset and frustrated. Still, it is important that both parties in a divorce abide by child custody and support orders or risk facing serious legal consequences.

What are New Jersey's domestic violence laws?

As in many states, New Jersey recognizes and provides protection from domestic abuse, be it physical, economic, sexual or emotional. What you might not know is that such abuse does not have to be actually applied but merely threatened for individuals to seek legal protection. The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act prohibits more than a dozen criminal offenses, including sexual assault, harassment, criminal trespass and stalking. Because of the severity with which New Jersey law treats domestic violence charges if you are accused of domestic violence, it is extremely important that you take legal action in your defense.

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