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September 2016 Archives

Domestic violence and divorce

Domestic violence is a central aspect in divorce cases in New Jersey, particularly when children are involved. Many people believe that its presence means the court will make an obvious ruling against the spouse accused of violence, this is not always the case. The even bigger problem is that believing certain myths about domestic violence actually hurts the families involved in their journey to emotional health and contribute to the continuation of the abuse, sometimes creating situations where a child who has been a victim or who has witnessed it develops PTSD, which can manifest even in adulthood.

The treatment of college funds in a divorce

New Jersey parents who are going through the process of divorce often find that the road is a rocky one, even when the split is amicable. As one household is split in two, divorcing couples must work to divide assets in a fair manner, which includes everything from the family home and vehicles to savings accounts and college funds.

Dividing retirement accounts for older divorcing couples

The rate of divorce for older spouses in New Jersey and throughout the country has gone up considerably over the past few decades. According to the National Center for Family & Marriage, the divorce rate for individuals age 50 and over has doubled between 1990 and 2014. For couples over age 65, the rate tripled during that time period.

Custody dispute between Madonna and former husband settled

New Jersey residents may have heard that on September 7, a nine-month child custody battle between Madonna and her former husband, Guy Ritchie, was resolved, according to reports. The former couple had been fighting for custody of their 16-year-old son, but details of the agreement were not released at the time of reporting. The couple had been divorced since March 2008.

Ways to reduce stress for children during divorce

Many people in New Jersey understand that hurt feelings and outright anger often accompany divorce. When families are involved, the parents should try to limit the amount of stress placed upon their children. The transition to a new family life will be difficult, but divorced parents can choose to reduce conflict, care for themselves and prevent unnecessary disruptions to the daily lives of their kids.

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