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How Does a Restraining Order Affect Divorce?

Divorces involving domestic violence may warrant the entry of a restraining order. While restraining orders play an important role in protecting families from harm, they come with additional considerations for the divorce process—for both parties.   But while a restraining order can change the nature of some of the decisions and options during divorce negotiations, it …

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Am I Eligible for Child Support if We Were Never Legally Married in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey, the law determines that every child should be supported by their parents, whether or not those parents share a household—or a last name. However, unmarried parents may mistakenly believe that they aren’t eligible to file for (or be required to pay) child support because of their marital or relationship …

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Will I Lose My Pension As a Result of Divorce in New Jersey?

Difficult conversations and decisions can be an inevitable part of the divorce process. As these discussions unfold—particularly those surrounding division of assets and liabilities—it’s natural to feel concerned about the long-term implications of these conversations. One area of particular concern for many divorcing couples is how retirement assets will be divided, especially if retirement is …

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What Information Will My Attorney Need to Draft a Prenup Agreement?

When you’re counting down the days to your wedding (and perhaps to honeymoon celebrations), the last thing you may want to be thinking about is the “business side” of your upcoming marriage. But while it may seem counterintuitive, there are many benefits to balancing the excitement of the moment with thoughtful planning for your financial …

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Why You Should Retain Legal Counsel During the Divorce Process

While most people entering into marriage are hoping that “for better or worse” applies to their long lives together, if you’re getting divorced, you might feel it’s equally applicable to the divorce process. During your divorce, you and your partner may make many different decisions. Some may feel small or inconsequential, such as who keeps …

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What Does Child Support Cover in New Jersey?

When parents separate, there’s lots of room for disagreement, but most parents can agree on one thing—children with divorced, separated, or unmarried parents deserve the same financial support as children with parents who live in the same household.  This is where a child support agreement or order comes into play. A well-written child support agreement …

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Can Supervised Visitation Be Part of Our Child Custody Agreement?

Developing a parenting time plan, even in the most amicable divorce settlement, can be a complex process.  Ensuring a fair parenting time plan is generally one of the top priorities of parents when negotiating a divorce settlement that affects their children. Because every family is unique, a number of options exist for creating individualized parenting …

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Consequences of a Final Restraining Order in New Jersey

The impact of having a Final Restraining Order entered by the Court can be life-altering for both the victim and the accused abuser. Having a Final Restraining Order (FRO) issued can impact every area of the defendant’s life, including their job, living situation, parenting time, constitutional rights, and reputation.  Because a final restraining order severely—and …

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How Can I Get My Child Emancipated in New Jersey?

For most children, the financial support and legal custody of their parent or parents is critical to their health and wellbeing. But depending on your family’s unique circumstances, there are times it may be prudent to consider your child’s emancipation.  Emancipation is when a child is considered an adult and no longer needs financial support …

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