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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.

Long-Distance Custody Plans

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the economy in shatters because of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Jersey families are having to adjust their routines, schedules, and priorities. Some divorced couples may even be dealing with the fact that one or both parents have lost their job or have had to accept a tra...

Modifying Child Support After Losing Employment

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Coronavirus has led to 38 states to put stay-at-home mandates in place, which means restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, and many more businesses have had to close their doors. Employers are having to cut or furlough staff during this pandemic. And the economic prognosis is bleak: for t...

Domestic Violence During Coronavirus

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the time of this writing, New Jersey and 31 other states have all moved to a “lockdown” mode, meaning people are to stay at home as much as possible in an attempt to flatten the curve of the coronavirus spreading across the country. It is estimated that there are some 245 million Americans (th...

How Will Coronavirus Affect New Jersey Child Custody?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a matter of days, the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) changed the landscape of America as we know it. Multiple states, including New Jersey, have issued shelter-in-place mandates, meaning all residents are to stay at home and can only go out for essential errands, such as grocery sh...

Working With a Parenting Coordinator

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Raising a child calls for parents to make numerous decisions on a daily basis. For both parents to come to a consensus is difficult enough in an intact family. After divorce, when most parents are the least amicable, deciding what's best for your child as a unit can feel like an impossible task. ...

Children Testifying in Child Custody Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

A huge dilemma that both family law attorneys and parents face in custody cases is whether a child should testify in custody proceedings. Some parents long to protect their child from the court process regardless of the circumstances, while others want their child's voice to be heard - particular...

Tips To Help You Successfully Co-Parent

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Life after a divorce or separation can be complicated. When you throw children into the equation, emotions are high and the stakes are even higher. In most situations, parents in New Jersey are responsible for working out a co-parenting plan. Developing a plan is an uphill battle for parents in g...

The Era of Shared Parenting Time

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Child custody courts have garnered quite the reputation over time. Whether the outcomes of custody cases detriment or benefit separating and divorcing families overall depends on who you ask. For years, disgruntled fathers have aired their grievances about the court system, and have even gone as ...

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...

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