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Family Law Archives

About domestic violence

Domestic violence is a scourge in the state of New Jersey and throughout the U.S. Although it is less common than ever before, the sad truth is that many people must endure the damaging, traumatic effects of domestic violence every day. It is even possible for the desperate nature of the situation to be so well hidden that even close friends and relatives are unaware of it.

New Jersey divorcees may be surprised by what counts as assets

Those who seek divorces in New Jersey and other locales might discover that their creative work counts as value-bearing assets that can be dispensed at a court's discretion. Individuals like artists, whose pieces are sometimes subject to the terms of licensing contracts and other arrangements, could have their works deemed marital or communal property by family law officials. When determining the speculative or real value of such property, both spouses have the option to hire their own appraisers.

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.

Palimony Agreements

Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a decision holding that the 2010 Amendment to the Statute of Frauds, N.J.S.A. 25:1-5(h) does not render oral palimony agreements that predate it unenforceable because the Legislature did not intend the Amendment to apply retroactively.  This important decision gives new life to parties who have entered into oral palimony agreements prior to 2010. 

Alimony and spousal support in New Jersey

New Jersey utilizes a system of diverse criteria when determining the necessity for spousal support in divorce cases. The court considers each request for alimony or spousal maintenance on a case-by-case basis, awarding support based on a number of important factors.

Grandparents' visitation rights in New Jersey

The law in New Jersey recognizes that it is often in a child's best interest to have interaction between other family members, such as grandparents, even when the child's parents do not agree. All states have statutes and guidelines regarding the rights of grandparents and other family members to gain visitation with a child. Visitation rights for grandparents are very similar to visitation rights that would be granted to any parent. It allows the grandparent to spend a designated amount of time with the child without changing custody.

Number of children living with their grandparents doubles

When children can no longer live with their biological parents, state and local agencies in New Jersey try to place them with close relatives first. According to 2010 census data, an increasing number of those displaced children are now living with their grandparents. In the 2000 census, 2.4 million children were reportedly living with their grandparents. Ten years later, that number more than doubled to 4.9 million.

Social media prenup clauses

Some New Jersey couples may wonder what happens if his or her partner posts something damaging to their reputation on social media. It could be something that was spur of the moment like a revealing bathing suit photo, or it could be a more organized attack after the relationship has gone sour. Either way, what goes on the Internet has a way of staying there. That's why some couples are including clauses about social media in their prenuptial agreements.

New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee approves new divorce bill

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved legislation that would allow parties involved in a divorce to seek an alternative to a court battle to resolve the conflict that naturally comes with the complicated and emotional process.  

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