Florham Park New Jersey Family Law Blog

What are the remedies for parenting time issues?

One of the hardest parts of a divorce is dealing with parenting issues. Having tow separate homes can make things more difficult. That is why the courts in New Jersey want you to work together with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that outlines your visitation and custody. If you follow the plan, things should go smoothly and everyone should be happy. However, issues do come up. Two common issues are interference and not using parenting time.

According to the New Jersey Courts, interference is a severe issue. It involves the other parent trying to prevent you from seeing your child. This may be not adhering to the visitation schedule and bringing the child to you for your scheduled parenting time or it could be not returning the child at the end of parenting time. The first step in dealing with this is to go through mediation and get to the bottom of what is going on and why this is happening. If that does not help, you can file an incident report or a criminal complaint.

How can divorce psychologically affect fathers?

Most of the time, men are expected to be strong and stoic, even during the worst of times. American society usually expects men to not be very emotional. Men in New Jersey and elsewhere who are divorcing might be told to “suck it up” during one of the worst times of their lives. It can be especially bad for fathers, who might not have as much time with their children as they are used to.

There is no question that a divorce is devastating for everyone involved, including mothers and children. However, there is little public support and awareness of the feelings of depression and loss that dads can experience during and after a divorce. According to Fatherly, post-divorce depression is common for fathers, which may surprise many. Also surprising are recent studies that suggest men are more likely than women to commit suicide after getting a divorce. They are also less likely to take care of their health, and many die of preventable and treatable health conditions.

Do I have to pay income taxes on alimony?

When high-asset couples divorce, the likelihood of spousal support factoring into the process is high. Because of the tax reform law passed last year, how this support affects income taxes will change.

If you are seeking a divorce and will either be paying or receiving alimony, one question you likely have is “will I have to pay taxes on this income?” If your divorce is finalized this year, the answers is yes if you are the recipient and no if you are the payer. If you finalize your divorce after December 31, 2018, the inverse is true

Generational gaps in divorce trends

Generational differences are nothing new. Residents in New Jersey for years have segmented people's behavior and beliefs in part based on their age. Now it appears that yet another area of life is the subject of differences between major generations. This area is marriage and divorce.

As explained by USA Today, 45 seems to be an age at which the rate of divorce begins to change. For people who are at least 45 years old, the number of divorces has been and continues to increase. This includes the baby boom generation, many of whom have passed the age of retirement. On the flip side, however, for people who are younger than 45, the number of divorces per marriage is dropping.

Reworking or enforcing a child support agreement

Terms in your child support agreements are usually specific and complete, and, as a result, you would likely not encounter many situations in which you would have to make a change. However, there are various exceptions to this rule. Say, for example, you were moving to an area of New Jersey with a higher cost of living, or if your child had an emergency causing medical expenses to start piling up; you might want to revise your agreement to share this financial burden with your former spouse. 

Here at Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, we take pride in our work of helping our clients get the financial support they need to raise their children without undue financial strain. This includes changing agreements, when necessary. However, sometimes the issue is that our client's former spouse is not following one of the terms of the original court decision.

What is a kinship adoption? Is it right for me?

When many people think of adoption, they think of a married man and woman adopting an infant or young child to whom they have no relation. This type of adoption may be the most widely known, but it is not the most common. The most common are kinship adoptions, or adoptions by a relative.

If you are currently considering adopting a relative who is a minor, there are a few important things that you should know about kinship adoptions.

Why women need to ready finances before divorce

A recent study found 46% of women did not expect their divorce to bring the financial circumstances it did. This finding may relate to studies that show women reporting lower financial literacy and confidence than men.

If you are separating from your spouse or considering divorce, it’s important that you are prepared to separate your finances from your spouse, budget for divorce-related expenses and prepare for financial independence. Here are a few tips that can help.

What parents need to do after a divorce

Parents in New Jersey or any other state who get divorced may consider themselves to be in an awkward position. While their marriage is over, their relationship with a former spouse is not. This is because they will need to work together to raise their kids. This can be done by making sure that a child is not placed in the middle of any dispute between the two parents.

It is also a good idea to provide a child with clear boundaries regardless of which parent he or she is with. To prevent confusion, be sure to report any changes to a parenting schedule in a timely manner. Ideally, each parent will have a calendar that clearly marks who the child is staying with at any given time. This can also make it easier for a kid to remember the schedule before making plans of his or her own.

Why millennials like prenuptial agreements

More than half of the attorneys who took part in an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) survey said that more millennials are seeking prenuptial agreements. One of the reasons why this could be happening is that New Jersey residents and others are getting married later in life. Men get married for the first time at age 29 on average while women get married for the first time at age 27 on average.

This means that millennials could have assets, like retirement accounts or stock options, that they would like to protect. Considering that this age group grew up during the Great Recession, those between the ages of 18 and 34 may not want to risk losing hard-earned money because of a divorce. The divorce rate in the United States is around 50 percent, so there is some value in planning for what happens if the relationship doesn't work out.

Finances and divorcing women

New Jersey women who are thinking about getting a divorce should be aware that one aspect of their lives likely to be negatively impacted is their finances. Forty-six percent of the divorced women who participated in a survey reported experiencing financial surprises as a result of their marriage coming to an end.

The survey questioned 1,785 women regarding divorce and finances. The respondents included those for whom divorce was on the horizon, women in the middle of the divorce process and women who were already divorced. Twenty-two percent of the women surveyed were 55 years old or older, and the majority of these women were already divorced.

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