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Unpaid Child Support, What Are My Options?

When it comes to child support in New Jersey, the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines have helped to standardize what parents should expect to pay, and receive, in terms of child support for their children. These guidelines take into account a number of different factors, including the income and earning capacity of both parents, the needs of the children, and the amount of time each parent is expected to spend with the children based on the existing child custody and parenting time agreement. In a perfect world, these carefully examined child support guidelines would always result in parents being expected to...

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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

One of the most commonly asked question by our Ocean and Monmouth County divorce clients is how much we think their divorce will cost. Understandably, this is a very real concern for many people beginning the divorce process, but unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. Unlike personal injury law, in which attorneys frequently work on a "contingency fee" basis, NJ Court Rules prevent divorce attorneys from doing the same. This means that your Ocean County divorce lawyer will instead need to charge you based on the time they spend helping you to resolve your divorce. Since time is the...

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Bird’s Nest Child Custody Arrangements

One of the most difficult issues to decide during any Ocean County divorce or legal relationship dissolution is that of child custody and parenting time. Often, both parents want to play an active role in the lives of their children, and while a shared custody 50/50 arrangement may be the fairest thing for the parents, it can often be difficult for the children involved to constantly move back and forth between the homes of their parents. However, there is a type of child custody arrangement that has been growing in popularity which addresses this issue specifically. Known as "nesting arrangements" or...

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Divorcing an Abusive or Violent Spouse

Many victims of domestic violence and abuse fear that, should they file for divorce, they may only antagonize their abuser, and risk the safety of themselves and potentially their children. The good news is that New Jersey domestic violence laws provide many protections for victims of abuse, and there are a great deal of different resources available to parties seeking to separate themselves from abusive relationships. Domestic Violence Ocean County Attorney Domestic Violence can not only be physical abuse, but emotional and financial as well. The 1990 Prevention of Domestic Violence Act states that the following actions are considered to be a form...

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How Old Does a Child Need to Be to Speak to a Judge in a NJ Custody Case?

When it comes to child custody and visitation, it can often be difficult for divorcing parents to reach an agreement regarding both legal and physical custody of their children. Often, a judge is asked to intervene. One factor a judge may consider when making their decision is the preference of the child or children involved, should they "be of sufficient age and show strong capacity to reasonably understand the impact of their decisions". Judges are also allowed to consider the child's preference when ruling on a child custody and visitation modification. Unfortunately, New Jersey law provides no clear definition of exactly...

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Child Support – What Constitutes a Material Changed Circumstance?

Child support orders can be modified. When entering a child support order as part of a divorce or paternity action, courts fully expect that the order will need to be modified in the future. As the circumstances of the parents and/or the child changes, what was originally considered to be an appropriate child support order may no longer be so considered. The court may review the original order in light of the parties' current situation and modify the order as appropriate....

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How a Restraining Order Can Impact Parenting Time

When one parent is alleged of abusing his or her child, the safety and well-being of the child as well as the rights of the parents are in jeopardy. New Jersey domestic violence lawyer Peter J. Bronzino understands this and can help parents who find themselves in this difficult situation. If you are seeking a restraining order on behalf of your child against the other parent, Mr. Bronzino can assist you in completing the paperwork for a temporary restraining order and proving your case for a final restraining order. If you are the defendant in a restraining order action, Mr....

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