Category Archives: Custody

Can You Adopt Your Partner’s Child in a Same-Sex Relationship?

Can You Adopt Your Partner’s Child in a Same-Sex Relationship? According to the federal government, 15% of same-sex couples have children as a part of their household. This could include children who were adopted or biologically conceived by one or both of the parents. In that case, there are parenting issues at play if the…

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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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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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Main Dispute in a Divorce is Often Custody and Parenting Time
Custody and Parenting Time Often in a divorce, the main area in dispute is custody and parenting time of a child.  Litigants can spend months of their lives and thousands of dollars fighting over their child. There are two different types of custody - legal custody and residential custody.  With regard to legal custody, there... Read More
Jeralyn Lawrence Moderates Intrastate Relocation Seminar

Jeralyn Lawrence will be Moderator of the “Intrastate Relocation” Seminar as part of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) New Jersey Chapter Seminar Series on November 17, 2020. All AAML members are invited to attend. Register at https://1l.ink/3CSCPTD

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6 Ways to Have Rewarding Virtual Parenting Time During COVID

Getting the Most From Virtual Parenting Time During the Pandemic or From a Distance Enjoying regular time with both parents has been shown to increase a child’s self-confidence and sense of stability. This is especially important for the roughly one in four kids who will experience a parental divorce/permanent separation before turning 18. However, some…

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