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August 2014 Archives

Money issues to consider when divorcing in New Jersey

A divorcing couple has many issues that it needs to resolve prior to the divorce becoming finalized. Additionally, each individual needs to take a look at their financial situation to ensure financial stability after it is finalized. For example, it may be necessary to evaluate an individual's cash flow immediately following a divorce.

Stepmother granted visitation rights to stepchild

A New Jersey court has used the doctrine of a "psychological parent" to rule that a woman who co-parented a child in a same-sex relationship in which the two were domestic partners but not legally married should have visitation rights. According to the ruling of the appeals court, stepparents who have raised children from a young age and have formed a bond with them should be able to seek custody or visitation.

Number of children living with their grandparents doubles

When children can no longer live with their biological parents, state and local agencies in New Jersey try to place them with close relatives first. According to 2010 census data, an increasing number of those displaced children are now living with their grandparents. In the 2000 census, 2.4 million children were reportedly living with their grandparents. Ten years later, that number more than doubled to 4.9 million.

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