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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.

Who Pays the Nanny During and After a Divorce?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

There is no shortage of financial concerns to worry over when a marriage ends. On top of the emotional difficulty, divorces require a splitting of assets and responsibilities, and if you and your ex share small children, you'll also need to consider how you'll divide the financial responsibilitie...

Making the Most of Visitation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

While custody arrangements involving visitation are rarely straightforward, time with your children can be a source of joy for you and an opportunity to provide a source of emotional security for your kids. Rules of Thumb It's important to gear what you're doing with your visits to your childre...

Can you Eavesdrop on Your Mother-in-Law?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorce and custody proceedings can often lead to emotional, impulsive, and ill-advised actions taken in the heat of the moment. It's tempting to use your estranged spouse's words—recorded for posterity—to undermine his or her case. Your animosity may even extend to your soon-to-be ex-in-laws. O...

Restraining Orders and Relationships in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

When many people hear “restraining order,” they mistakenly believe that such protective orders issued by a court apply only to former or current romantic partners. One recent story out of Franklin, New Jersey, however, makes clear that other types of relationships between people can also give ris...

How Child Custody Affects Your Child Tax Credit

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you share custody with your ex, you may be wondering how your custody arrangement will be affected by the Child Tax Credit, a credit included as part of the federal government's American Rescue Plan of 2021. The credit is a tax benefit that lowers taxpayers' liability. It increased the annual ...

Vaccines and New Jersey Custody Disputes

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

After a divorce, parents often disagree on some of the big issues facing their children as they grow. Some of the biggest disputes can happen over medical decisions, including whether to vaccinate. Now, with COVID vaccines approved for children 12 and over, parents all over New Jersey are facing ...

Lessons from Brangelina’s Epic Custody Battle

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

For those of you who are not regular readers of Page Six, you may not be aware that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have just been back in court. Again. Although they are believed to have combined assets of $500 million, the biggest issue throughout their dispute—they were divorced in 2019—is the ...

How New Jersey Enforces Child Support Payment

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Child support — money paid from one parent to the other for the purpose of providing financially for a child — is one of the most hotly contested topics connected with divorce and co-parenting. While the calculation of the amount of child support rests upon a formula and objective factors, issues...

College Tuition and Child Support

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're co-parenting in New Jersey and don't have primary physical custody, you're undoubtedly paying child support. While most parents are happy to ensure their kids have the support they need, you're probably also wondering when does support end? What happens if your child is over 18 but in c...

Do The Kids Get Vaccinated?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Most Americans are breathing a sigh of relief as the availability of adult coronavirus vaccines becomes more and more widespread. However, the question of whether children should receive the COVID-19 vaccines is a stickier issue. Trends against childhood vaccinations are on the rise, and parents ...

The Complex Psychology of Adoption

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Families have been formed by adoption for centuries. Still, we are just starting to understand the psychological effects that the process has on all parties — including birth mothers.  Pop culture often portrays birth mothers as women with unfortunate circumstances who made decisions of their ow...

What Happens When a Social Worker is a Child Predator?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Caseworkers assigned by child protection agencies undergo background checks to detect former abuse cases. While the majority genuinely desire to help families and remove minors from harmful situations, others take advantage of their position to access and abuse vulnerable children. That's the st...

Managing Your Divorce Expectations in the Time of COVID

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone. With the world shutting down, closing schools, job losses, and layoffs, the pandemic has hit almost every family in New Jersey financially, even if no one in the home has gotten the virus. We've had more than 682,000 cases as of mid-February 2021 a...

Handling Family Disputes in the Holidays

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The holiday season can be a real struggle for families, both in New Jersey and all across the country. In any normal year, the weighty expectations of a Hallmark holiday coupled with financial pressures, alcohol consumption, and break from routine can create a pressure cooker. Arguments and famil...

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