Divorce and Impact of Coronavirus Attorneys Monmouth and Ocean County NJ
Serving families facing challenging life uncertainties in towns like Wall, Sea Girt, Brick, Toms River, Asbury Park, Neptune, and more
If the quarantine experiences and statistics coming from China and the UK are to be believed, forced social isolation resulting from COVID-19 is taking marital tension and thoughts of separation, civil union dissolution, and divorce to new heights. As couples experience little or no time apart, balance childcare and homeschooling responsibilities with working from home, and possibly the presence of extended family members, marital issues that may have been swept under the rug in the past are now being dragged out into the light. Combined with potential unemployment, financial worries, and health problems, this situation is a volatile mixture that can impact a person’s physical and mental well-being, the result of which can be seen in families who have pre-existing domestic violence and child abuse issues and an increase of calls to law enforcement.
The stress and dramatic shift in relationship expectations, parental roles, and the attempt to balance working from home and homeschooling schedules in some cases have emotionally stretched many previously happy couples and family dynamics, forcing many to reassess how they perceive their future living situation to be once certain restrictions are lifted.
The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, is prepared to provide legal services safely, secure, confidential, and conveniently without compromising quality. Our lawyers will fight to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, free virtual consultation meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout to discuss how we can best support you meet your legal needs.
Contact us online or call us at (732) 812-3102 to arrange a free virtual legal consultation from the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, is prepared to protect your rights and answer your legal questions or family law-related issues.
Will the “Stay-at-home” Order Affect My NJ Child Custody or Support Agreement?
As we wrote recently in “Corona Virus Impacts Coparenting and Parenting Time Agreements,” parents who are in the divorce process or whose divorce or civil dissolution was finalized before the “shelter-in-place” restrictions are concerned about their child custody schedule, fear that their child may be exposed during a parental visitation, and question whether they will be held in contempt if the other parent tries to enforce the custody agreement. In other cases, parents have sought to modify their child custody agreement because the co-parent, grandparent, or someone in their household or apartment building has contracted corona or due to co-parent’s unpredictable workplace demands or longer hours (i.e., essential personnel in the medical, law enforcement, service industry) and the belief they cannot provide the same level of safety and care as before.
Each situation is different. So whether you area parent already struggling to pay child support, who fears that their inability to work will affect their payments or a parent who wants to request a child support modification to reflect their temporary decreased earnings, having the support of an experienced family law attorney is vital to ensuring your rights are protected. You’re not in contempt of any legal orders concerning your case.
Contact an Ocean and Monmouth County Divorce Attorney Today
At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, our New Jersey family attorneys are committed to supporting our clients throughout Ocean County towns such as Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey in matters regarding divorce, custody agreements and parenting time schedules.
At our law firm, we get to know the people we represent, determine what is most important to them in the divorce, then work with them to develop a strategy designed to meet their individual goals and needs.
Helping Monmouth and Ocean County Parents with Child Custody and Relocation Issues
Helping parents with relocation applications across Spring Lake, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and Ocean County
After a separation, divorce or civil union dissolution, there are no laws that prevent a non-custodial parent from moving out of New Jersey for personal or employment reasons. Because child custody and parenting time and visitation schedules can be a sensitive issue, New Jersey relocation statute N.J.S.A. 9:2-2 provides some guidance by allowing a custodial parent to “remove” or relocate out of state with the child if the noncustodial parent doesn’t object. As a custodial parent, if you wish to relocate you and your child to another state and your co-parent does not agree, you will need to file a relocation application to reflect a modification in the physical custody of the child.
Because the court will determine whether this out of state relocation is in your child’s best interest, you will need experienced legal counsel equipped to deal with sensitive situations like these, who believe in supporting their clients in establishing a fair and stable visitation schedule to nurture and maintain a close parent-child relationship.
At Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, we have handled numerous relocation applications and have helped parents across Spring Lake, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and Ocean County to legally relocate with their children, or help them contest relocation requests, so they could maintain their close relationships with their children. We are ready to take your matter to trial, to either relocate your child to another state or keep them here in New Jersey. We’ll also give you an honest assessment of whether or not we think your application has merit.
Contact our firm today to discuss your unique situation, needs, and legal options moving forward regarding relocation and your child custody agreement in a free and confidential consultation.
Questions New Jersey Courts May Ask When Relocating With Children Outside New Jersey
Parental relocation is complex and ever-evolving as lawyers and courts find creative solutions to maintain parental relationships while making it possible for parents to relocate when necessary.
In determining the best interests of your child, the New Jersey court will evaluate your family’s unique situation before making any determinations, and may ask questions about the following:
- Current child custody arrangements
- Changes in your personal or work situation, since the previous child custody court order or parenting time agreement
- Child’s own personal custodial preference
- Any specific medical, educational, or care needs the child may have
- Education opportunities for the child in NJ and other potential location
- Geographical proximity or parental homes
- Relationship between child and any siblings
- How well the co-parents communicate or agree about issues related to the child
- How appropriate or stable the new home will be
- Amount of quality of time the child currently spends with your co-parent or extended family members
After conducting a thorough analysis, the courts will award one parent primary child custody, depending on the location they feel meets the children’s best interests. They will then modify any existing child custody order to reflect this new ruling. Retaining an experienced Ocean County child custody modification attorney is critical to protecting your rights as a parent, and helping you demonstrate to the courts that your close relationship with your children and their best interests, are one and the same.
Contact a Child Custody Relocation & Modification Lawyer in Brick and Sea Girt NJ Today
At Bronzino Law Firm, LLC we have helped many parents to successfully resolve child relocation disputes across Sea Girt, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and the greater Ocean County, NJ area and enforce custody agreements.
We understand exactly how important your children, their future and your relationship with them are, and we are prepared to help you present the best possible case in family court.
Our smaller size allows us to develop personal and attentive relationships with our clients while charging fair and reasonable rates for our services. Attorney Peter J. Bronzino believes that by keeping his clients informed and involved throughout the legal process, he can better secure them a favorable resolution of their legal matter, in all family law cases including child custody and relocation.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our firm today regarding your child relocation, child custody and visitation, or any other family law matter, please contact us today or through our Brick, NJ office at (732) 812-3102.