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Knowledge is power, and this blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on New Jersey Family Law, related topics, and family matters in general.  It's our goal for you to use the information on this site, including the individual practice area pages, to help you understand your rights, obligations, and the best course of action for your New Jersey Family Law case.

Co-Parenting While Long-Distance

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

To create a parenting plan in which both parents can reach an agreement is a great feat within itself. But when parents live hundreds or thousands of miles apart - whether it be in different areas of the U.S. or across the globe - things can get much more complicated. The good news is that there ...

Preparing for a Plenary Hearing

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorces are contentious by nature. Even if it's a mutual decision between spouses, family court dockets brim over with motions and trials in which parties aim to contest the smallest details in a range of matters - from child custody to alimony.  Plenary hearings have become a standard method o...

Child Support and College-Aged Children

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

With application season on the horizon, parents across the state are facing the bittersweet reality of sending their children off to college. Although acceptance letters won't be rolling in until next year, informed parents know that now is the time to start preparing, especially if you have conc...

How To Handle False Accusations In Child Custody Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

In highly contentious child custody battles, matters can escalate quickly and both parties are bound to feel the pressure. When backed into a corner, some parents may believe that accusing the other of child abuse will shift the dynamics of the case, and increase his or her chance of winning cust...

Unfit Parents and Child Custody Disputes

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce is hard, to say the least. But when children are involved, things get much more difficult. Sit in on any New Jersey child custody proceeding and you'll almost always see a nasty mudslinging fight fraught with allegations and character assaults. Each parent and their representation wants t...

The Perks of Mediation in Child Custody Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to deciding child custody, litigation isn't the only option. Litigation is a costly, emotionally charged, and drawn out process that leaves the fate of your access to your child solely in the judge's hands. It is, however, necessary in situations when the nature of the parents' rela...

Crafting a Parenting Plan that Works

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Raising children takes a tremendous amount of patience, time, and dedication. Most couples are thankful that they have each other to lean on when rearing children, especially in the event that serious issues arise. But when things go awry in the relationship, and both parents still want to remain...

Filing for Child Custody in Camden County

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

When child custody issues need to be addressed by New Jersey Family Court, parents often have questions as to how to bring these issues before the Court. With limited exceptions, New Jersey Family Law practice and procedure is largely uniform throughout the State, however, when initiating a child custody action in Camden County, parents must understand what specific steps need to be taken to not only properly file for custody, but to make their Child Custody Complaint as strong as possible.

How Can I Defend Against False Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Domestic violence restraining orders can be an effective resource to protect legitimate victims of abuse in New Jersey. At times, however, and for countless potential reasons, plaintiffs will make false claims of domestic abuse against defendants in an effort to be granted a restraining order against the defendant. Defendants must understand that the stakes are always high when accused of domestic violence allegations, and this is even more the case when the allegations are false. The reason being that a falsely-accused defendant is not deserving of a restraining order's potentially-severe consequences, nor was this what the "New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act" was intended to address. In addition, a plaintiff who makes false domestic violence allegations to obtain a restraining order does a disservice to legitimate victims of domestic abuse. Ultimately, a defendant is who falsely accused of domestic violence in New Jersey must take all necessary steps to defend against such claims. the stakes are always high when a defendant is accused of domestic violence, all necessary steps to defend against must be taken to defend against such claims.

What are Grandparents' Visitation Rights in New Jersey?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

New Jersey Family Law regarding grandparents' visitation rights can be complex. There are specific factors that must be addressed when grandparents in New Jersey petition Family Court for visitation of their grandchildren; there are also specific procedural requirements that must be met. Understanding the New Jersey grandparent visitation statute and the procedural requirements is critical to achieving success when grandparents seek visitation rights of their grandchildren.

Child Custody Relocation in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are established factors in New Jersey Family Law that must be considered when a parent who shares custody of a child with another parents seeks to move with the child. There are also specific steps that need to be taken for a proposed parental relocation to be addressed and considered by New Jersey Family Court. Understanding these factors and required steps is critical to success whether seeking or opposing a parental relocation.

What Factors Will the Court Consider in a New Jersey Child Custody Case?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the "best interests" standard is the overarching consideration in a New Jersey child custody case, New Jersey Family Court has specific factors that must be considered when deciding the custody of a child or children. Related to these specific factors is how custody cases can be addressed and resolved in New Jersey. In most instances, custody cases are resolved by agreement between the parents, or through a decision made a judge. As important as "who" is deciding custody, the parents themselves or the Court, is the requirement that custody agreements and custody orders always be in the child's or children's "best interests." Ultimately, the "best interests" standard and the specific factors required by New Jersey Family Court in making a custody decision work together in an effort to have custody be as favorable as possible to the child or children involved.

Can a New Jersey Domestic Violence Restraining Order Be Terminated or Modified?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Once a final restraining order (FRO) is issued in New Jersey, it is permanent, and will last a defendant's lifetime. There are circumstances, however, when a lifetime FRO may no longer be necessary to protect the plaintiff, may no longer effectuate the plaintiff's needs, or may be unreasonably burdensome on a defendant. When these circumstances occur, the defendant, and at times the plaintiff, should take the proper steps to have the final restraining order reconsidered either through termination or modification of the FRO.

An Overview of New Jersey Child Custody

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

New Jersey child custody is defined by physical and legal custody. Of these two kinds of custody in New Jersey, there are major differences that must be understood when the custody of a child is negotiated between parents or addressed by Family Court.

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