When parents in New Jersey are not able to take care of their children, on either a short-term, long-term or permanent basis, it often falls to relatives, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins, to step up and care for the child. There are several different legal arrangements through which this can take place, including adoption and kinship legal guardianship. The two may resemble each other in many ways, but according to the NJ Department of Children and Families, there are several significant differences that you should be aware of if you intend to take responsibility for the care of a young relative.
If you want to adopt a child in New Jersey, the first step is understanding the requirements. You may need to complete training and obtain a license prior to entering the state's adoption system. Additionally, there may be eligibility criteria that apply to the prospective child. If you decide not to continue working through the process with the state, you may choose instead to become a foster parent or pursue adoption through a licensed private agency.
You may recognize that you are in a difficult relationship in New Jersey, but you may not see yourself as the victim of domestic abuse. This is because abuse does not always take the form of physical violence that causes observable injury. Any behavior that someone else uses to gain control over you through manipulation or fear constitutes abuse. The most insidious forms of domestic violence are often those that leave no outer mark or scar upon the body. They can be psychological, emotional or financial in nature.
Many grandparents in New Jersey find themselves caring for their grandkids full-time. While the reasons vary, the fact remains that it can be difficult for someone to jump back into the parenting role after so many years, which makes child-rearing a challenge. The following are a few pieces of advice that can help both grandparents as well as their grandchildren.
If you are a New Jersey couple or individual seeking to adopt a child from a foreign country, you should know that it can be a very complicated process since you must comply not only with the laws of the United States but the laws of the country from which you attend to adopt.
The process of getting divorced can be complicated and confusing, from court dates and filing deadlines to attorney fees and a wide range of other costs. On top of all of this, is the emotional toll it takes on you and all parties involved. At Newsome O’Donnell, LLC, our team works with clients to find the best resolution for their unique circumstances.
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.
Some children in wealthy New Jersey families may feel pressure from their parents to have a prospective spouse sign a prenuptial agreement. Although this is often well meaning, with parents concerned about protecting the family wealth in case of divorce, children may see it as an attack on their future spouse.
Shifting gender roles in society is impacting divorce rates. Many New Jersey marriages still retain traditional gender roles where the husband is the primary breadwinner and earns more than his wife. According to reports by Swedish researchers, marriages that begin with this dynamic and then change as a result of the wife having a career and then earning more than her husband have a higher chance in ending in divorce.
A child visitation schedule may be created by parents or the court in New Jersey either during or after a divorce. It sets out a schedule for the child's time with each parent that parents must abide by. It is separate from a custody schedule, which is a schedule that is set up if parents are sharing custody.