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September 2014 Archives

Man alleges he was never married to wife due to technicality

According to a Sept. 19 report, a man is alleging that he and his wife cannot legally divorce because the couple was never legally married. Sources indicated that the couple had a marriage ceremony on Dec. 12, 1993. However, the man says that their marriage license was not issued until 11 days after the ceremony; they had applied for the license two days prior to their wedding. In May, he filed a motion to dismiss the divorce case, citing an appellate court's ruling that marriage licenses must be procured prior to the actual ceremony.

Considerations for child support in New Jersey

Family law courts decide child support amounts based upon a range of factors that account for children's needs and what their parents can provide. Guidelines from the New Jersey Supreme Court outline the specific considerations that must be taken into account when awarding child support. Following the guidelines might lead to a simple resolution or a much more difficult process in cases with less common circumstances, such as when parents have children with multiple partners.

Visitation rights of grandparents in New Jersey

Each state in the country has a statute in place that allows individuals who are not a child's parents to petition for visitation time with the child. New Jersey has a statute that allows both the grandparents and the siblings of a child residing in New Jersey to apply for visitation rights under certain circumstances.

Understanding New Jersey domestic violence laws

Atlantic City residents may be interested in learning about the law surrounding domestic violence in the state. Domestic violence is defined as the threat or act of abuse within an intimate relationship, whether it is physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Both men and women can be victims of this type of violence. New Jersey statutes set forth 14 different types of offenses that are prohibited under the domestic violence statute. These include assault, homicide, kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal sexual contact, among other charges.

Evaluating assets is an important part of property division

New Jersey residents may know that divorce is a time of transition. Decisions, particularly those concerning financial assets, require careful deliberation. Marital assets in the Garden State are divided equitably, and many parameters are taken into consideration. Such things as individual income, children and the contribution each spouse made are factored in, and the division does not necessarily represent an equal one.

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