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How is the Recipient of Child Support Determined?

Although child support often gets sent to a child’s primary caregiver, that person does not have the right to the payments – the child does. The custodial parent might be the one who deposits the checks and uses them to pay for the child’s food and clothing, though, especially if the child is young. How do judges decide which parent…

Can I Be Forced to Pay Back Child Support?

Like every other state, New Jersey mandates that a child’s parents be responsible for supporting them until the age of majority is reached. The age of majority is usually 18, but the payments may last longer if the child is disabled, not self-sufficient, or still in high school. Child support payments can also be legally terminated if the child enlists…

How Long Can a Divorce Take?

Exactly how long a divorce takes depends on many factors, including the jurisdiction and whether one or both parties contest the divorce terms. Generally, most divorces are finalized in a year. An experienced divorce attorney can help to expedite the divorce process by ensuring paperwork is completed and filed properly. Your attorney also can help to ensure your spouse is…

How To Keep the Holidays Harmonious After a Divorce?

The holidays can be an awkward time of year for divorced parents, whether they have been separated for many years or just a few months. Instead of dreading what is to come, there are ways to keep things harmonious for everyone involved. It takes willingness to communicate, some flexibility, a touch of creativity, and careful planning. Stick to a Holiday…

Who Decides Which Parent A Child Lives With?

When parents of young children need to separate or divorce, the issues of physical and legal child custody become crucial issues. In the best-case scenario, the two parties can come to a fair agreement that is in the children’s best interests. Judges can then make those decisions official with court orders. How are these decisions made when the parents disagree,…

How Is Cryptocurrency Divided in a Divorce?

Traditional assets like real estate and bank accounts still factor into final divorce settlement property divisions, but digital technology has added something else into the mix: cryptocurrency. Millions of people have some form of it (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana), and use it to store value and for a form of exchange. It is now considered to be an asset class. Spouses…

How To Create a Pre-Divorce Budget?

A divorce has the potential to be emotionally exhausting, to sap your physical and mental energy, and to drain your finances, but it does not have to be an uphill battle. Like any other foreseeable major life event, a divorce can be planned for ahead of time. One of the best ways to lessen the negative impacts is to create…

 Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced?

The divorce process in New Jersey can be complex and often involves a great deal of legal knowledge. While it is possible to get divorced in New Jersey without the help of a lawyer, many people choose to retain a divorce lawyer to help ensure that their rights are protected throughout the process. How Divorce Works in New Jersey? The…

How Do I Navigate Thanksgiving After Divorce?

If you and your spouse have recently gone through a divorce, or you are in the process of finalizing a divorce, you may not be feeling particularly thankful as you approach Thanksgiving. The divorce process can be stressful, complicated and emotionally exhausting for all parties involved. This is particularly true if you have children, and you are sharing custody with…

What Should Women Do to Protect Their Retirement Years After Divorce?

If you are approaching retirement, you have likely spent years planning for this next phase of your life, from making regular contributions to a 401K plan or a pension plan, to adjusting your personal investments and spending habits. It is a major life change, and something worth celebrating, particularly if you are fortunate enough to be in good health as…