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January 2017 Archives

Sealed records not just for high asset divorce cases

Few New Jersey residents will have been able to avoid media coverage of the split between actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. As one of the world's most famous couples, the pair has been subjected to intense scrutiny after the announcement that they were moving toward divorce. What many people fail to recognize is that many of the divorce tactics used by the rich and famous are also available to the rest of the population, regardless of whether they will have a high asset divorce.

Joint accounts important to address during divorce

Financial upheaval is a common occurrence for those who are getting divorced in the state of New Jersey. After all, the parties generally have to learn how to survive on less. Moreover, one party may be paying alimony or child support. A couple of tips may be helpful for coping financially with the divorce process.

Bitter high asset divorce for Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife

Some New Jersey readers will recall media coverage of the legal troubles of former United States Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson. The couple were accused of misappropriating funds that were intended to support Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign. Both accepted plea deals in that matter, and served time in prison. While Sandi Jackson was still incarcerated, her husband initiated a high asset divorce.

Credit can be impacted by divorce

During the dissolution of a marriage, keeping a close eye on one's finances is paramount. This is especially true in a contentious divorce, but it is just as critical in a more amiable one. A couple of tips may be helpful for ensuring that one's financial status remains as intact as possible during and after a divorce proceeding in New Jersey.

One state considers eliminating no-fault divorce

Some New Jersey residents may be aware that the vast majority of states allow couples to end their marriages without requiring one party to prove that the other has violated the marital contract. Known as a no-fault divorce, this is an approach that allows spouses to agree that their marriage is simply unsustainable instead of forcing them to take sides and debate who is to blame for the demise of the relationship. One state, however, is considering taking action to eliminate no-fault divorce, a proposed change that has led to a great deal of debate.

Avoid making divorce decisions based on emotion

One of the hardest things to do during the end of a New Jersey marriage is to make decisions that are not based on emotion. Each and every couple is unique, and the reasons behind a divorce will be different from one family to the next. Very rarely are both spouses completely at peace with the fact that their marriage is ending, which can make it difficult to remove the emotional aspect from decision making. However, in order to achieve the best possible outcome, that is exactly what need to take place.

What to know about proving a slip and fall claim

The weather has been terrible lately with rain and freezing temperatures. It was no wonder that you slipped and fell while you were walking into the supermarket yesterday. Unfortunately, you broke your wrist and cracked your tailbone. While these are not life threatening injuries, they are still costing you work wages and medical bills.

How the family pediatrician can be of assistance during a divorce

When parents end their marriage, their top priority is usually making things as smooth as possible for their shared children. That can be a challenge, as emotions tend to run high during a divorce, and kids are highly sensitive to the emotional state of both of their parents. Many New Jersey residents fail to consider the role that the family pediatrician can play during a divorce.

How to value an inherited business during a divorce

Property division is a complicated matter, and no two New Jersey families will share the same set of needs when it comes to dividing marital wealth. During a divorce, there are a number of different asset types to consider. For couples in which one spouse has inherited a business, determining how to divide that asset can be a challenge.

Divorce mediation offers benefits

Getting divorced can be emotionally draining, but it can be especially difficult when the two parties cannot see eye to eye. Fortunately, mediation is available to help such parties. Mediation is one method of alternative dispute resolution of which individuals going through divorce in New Jersey can take advantage.

Attorneys prepare for divorce spike in the New Year

Now that the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and put away for the year, many New Jersey residents are preparing for 2017. Part of that process often includes filing for divorce, which is at the top of many people's New Year's resolutions. Attorneys report that the first few weeks of the year are a busy time; some even refer to those weeks as "divorce season."

Domestic violence remains major issue

Some individuals in New Jersey unfortunately live in fear of being harmed by their romantic partners. However, there are legal steps a person can take to protect himself or herself in such a situation. It is best for such a person to pursue a restraining order when experiencing domestic violence. There are also legal steps a person can take if he or she is falsely accused of domestic violence.

Child custody dispute focused on medical marijuana

When a parent in New Jersey or elsewhere is considering an alternative medical treatment for his or her child, it is incredibly important to consider every possible outcome. For one mother, the use of a marijuana-infused product has led to the loss of her custody rights and what is shaping up to be a lengthy child custody dispute. That might have been avoided had she turned to a family law attorney prior to initiating the course of treatment.

Tips for finding balance during a divorce proceeding

Going through relationship turmoil is never an easy matter. When a couple is moving through a divorce, things can be even more difficult. It can be hard to find balance, which can make matters even more challenging, and prevent spouses from focusing on their present legal needs. The following tips are offered in the hopes of helping spouses maintain the proper perspective during the course of a New Jersey divorce. 

Child custody conflict can make divorce more stressful

One of the toughest parts of divorce in New Jersey is figuring out what it means to become a co-parent. However, even though child custody is often a sticking part of divorce, it is possible to handle this aspect of the family law proceeding in an amicable way. A couple of tips may help parents to navigate the process of dissolving a marriage as peacefully as possible.

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