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The Collaborative Approach to Divorce



The Collaborative Divorce Process In recent years, a new alternative to the traditional divorce process—a concept called collaborative divorce—has become increasingly accepted as an effective way to settle differences in a divorce. In the collaborative process, each party retains separate … Continue reading






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Determining a Fair Child Support Agreement



Making Certain Your Child Support Order is Fair In every state, including New Jersey, there are state-established guidelines for the calculation of child support. You don’t have to let the amount of support be determined by the guidelines, though—you can … Continue reading






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Alimony Reform – What You Need to Know – Part 1



By Andrew L. Rochester, Esquire Many of you may have seen in the news that there is an effort afoot in New Jersey to dramatically change the alimony statute. At present, a Court can award four types of alimony either … Continue reading






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What Rights Do Grandparents Have? – An Update



In a previous blog entry, I discussed the rights that grandparents have to visitation with their grandchildren. Under New Jersey law, grandparents do not have the right to force visitation with their grandchildren unless denial of visitation causes harm to … Continue reading






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Moving Forward after Divorce or Legal Separation



Even though divorce may be the right thing for you, it will seldom be easy. Untangling the legal, financial and emotional bonds will simply take time. As you go through the process, there are many things to remember: To protect … Continue reading






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What Rights Do Grandparents Have? – Part 2



Another situation where grandparents can prevail, and in some circumstances even establish rights equal to the parents, is if the grandparent becomes what is known as the “psychological parent” to the child. In other words – if the grandparent effectively … Continue reading






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What Rights Do Grandparents Have? – Part 1



One question that comes up a lot is what rights do grandparents have to visit their grandchildren if the parents object. This is an area of law that has caused a good deal of confusion because the law keeps evolving. … Continue reading






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The Importance of Creating a Custody Plan



Your parenting plan must focus on the best interests of the child and at the same time work for you as a parent. Just as each family situation is different, each family’s parenting plan is going to be unique. If … Continue reading






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What’s in a Name



In the last month, two separate panels of the New Jersey Appellate Division have issued conflicting rulings on the issue of who chooses the last name of your child after a divorce. This week, one panel of appellate judges chose … Continue reading






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Domestic Violence in New Jersey



Domestic violence is a serious problem that destroys families on a daily basis.  Legally, domestic violence has serious consequences and can affect: Personal safety issues Living arrangements Child custody/visitation Spousal support A report by the New Jersey State Police Uniform … Continue reading






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