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Custody Challenges for Unmarried Parents

Up to 40% of children in the United States are born outside marriage, and the rates are rising. This presents some unique issues in custody cases, even though there are many similarities to custody issues between married parents. You should seek the advice of a divorce lawyer if you are an unmarried parent who has…

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What Happens When an Ex-Spouse Breaks the Marital Settlement Agreement?

In 2020, it was estimated that 39% of marriages ended in divorce. If you are someone who went through divorce, you may be struggling with a spouse who fails to abide by your marital settlement agreement. They may fail to make payments for alimony, for example, or they may fail to pay their part of…

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The Enforceability of Postnuptial Agreements

When Postnuptial Agreements May Be Unenforceable A 2015 survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that postnuptial agreements are increasing in popularity. However, this does not always tell the whole story. Even when a couple has a signed postnuptial agreement, it may not always be enforceable by the court if certain circumstances apply….

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The Dangers of Being Too Nice in a Divorce

You Can Be Too Nice in a Divorce Ninety-five plus percent of all divorce cases will settle without a trial. However, that does not necessarily mean that each spouse ends up with a deal that gives them everything they want. There is such a thing as being too nice when you settle your case and…

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Divorce Mediation and Arbitration Explained

The Differences Between Divorce Mediation and Arbitration In the United States, only about 5% or less of divorce cases will ultimately go to a hearing. Most divorcing couples will find some way to settle their case with an agreement. Mediation and arbitration are two ways to resolve a divorce, and they are different in nature….

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What is Cohabitation in New Jersey?

In the context family law, cohabitation in New Jersey may not be as clear as it may seem to one.  Cohabitation is defined as a mutually supportive, intimate relationship wherein a couple engages in acts akin to marriage. Post-divorce, one party may claim that his or her spouse or former spouse in cohabitating with somebody…

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How the Best Interests Test Works

The Best Interests of the Child Test in New Jersey The concept of best interests of the children actually comes from a United Nations Convention, and it’s applied in all states. Beyond that, many people don’t know what it means. Below is an explanation of the test and how it is used in New Jersey…

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Are Divorces Actually Becoming More Civil Because of the Pandemic?

Is the Pandemic Changing the Way That People Divorce? Only about 2-3 % of divorce cases end up going to trial. However, even among the 92-98% that avoid a court hearing, there is often rancor and bitterness that plague the relationship between the spouses. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused at least some change that…

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