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December 2014 Archives

Understanding a judge's view on the best interests of the child

New Jersey residents may be interested in some information regarding the process courts use when making custody decisions in a divorce case. A judge will often try to decide in the best interests of the child, but understanding this term can be difficult.

What child support is intended for

Divorced parents in New Jersey might wonder what constitutes acceptable purchases with child support money, and there is currently no system that verifies what child support is used for. Courts assume a parent with physical custody is buying what a child needs, and child support payments can cover more expenses than most people are aware of.

Divorce rate may be declining

New data suggests that the divorce rate has been dropping in New Jersey and around America for a substantial period of time. If the current trends continue, then approximately two thirds of the people getting married right now will never be divorced.

Understanding domestic partnerships

New Jersey residents may benefit from learning more about different issues associated with domestic partnerships and civil unions. First and foremost, domestic partnerships are designed to allow an individual the right to visit a partner being treated at the hospital and to grant authority in making medical decisions. Domestic partnerships may also provide partners with rights to equitable distribution and financial protections. This status may apply to seniors who choose an alternative means to marriage or gay or lesbian couples who desire to be in a legally recognized relationship.

Stalking laws in New Jersey

New Jersey law defines stalking as behaviors or actions that can make a person placed in the fear of being injured or killed. This includes activities like making threatening phone calls, repeatedly sending unwanted letters or messages, following a person or appearing at a person's residence or place of work in order to intimidate or threaten someone.

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