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May 2015 Archives

Idaho passes child support treaty on second try

The Idaho legislature has finally approved a bill that contained provisions ratifying a proposed international child support treaty, after previously rejecting the bill for fear that it would force Idaho courts to recognize Muslim-based Shariah law. New Jersey parents will have a better chance to collect child support from a parent who is living in another country after Idaho's action.

Abducted children crossing borders

New Jersey residents may benefit from understanding more about the complications that arise from international child abductions by noncustodial parents. Once a child has crossed international borders, the custodial parent may struggle getting them back home. According to the U.S State Department, from 2008 to 2013 there may have been more than 8,000 children in the country who were abducted by one of their parents. More than 1,000 abductions are reported on an annual basis.

Keeping assets separate without a prenuptial agreement

While prenuptial agreements are a way to protect one's assets in case of a divorce, couples are not always able to agree about using this tool or one partner may fear bringing the subject up. There are ways to safeguard separate assets in case of a divorce, though this requires being careful during the marriage, and those planning to tie the knot in New Jersey may wish to discuss whether one of these alternatives or a prenuptial agreement is best for them.

Study reveals the most stress-free child custody arrangement

New Jersey parents may be interested in some research out of Sweden that may shed light on the best course of action regarding child custody issues. The study looked at the amount of stress that children in different custody arrangements faced, with surprising results.

Poor men disproportionately jailed for failure to pay support

The government continues to develop tools to motivate parents to pay court-ordered child support. These tools include administrative actions such as tax refund intercepts and wage garnishment. In New Jersey and elsewhere, some judges are turning to the threat of imprisonment as motivation to pay child support.

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