Most divorced parents understand how arbitrary child support can be. Even though there are certain guidelines, federal law allows each state to establish and enforce their own rules, and ultimately, judges make decisions with their own discretion. Because each state has its own expectations as to...
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Don't Worry, You Can Still Spoil Your Grandchildren: Visitation Rights for Grandparents in New Jersey
Grandparents play a vital role in a child's life. Their significant contributions to the family, no matter how indirect, are observed and internalized by a child - whether it be as a watchdog, a mediator, a stress reliever, or an unwavering source of support. Grandparents can provide a fresh pers...
The process of finalizing a divorce is overwhelming, and there's a lot at stake for both parties. If you're contemplating ending your marriage, there are certain precautions you can take in the meantime that will make the process more peaceful and equitable. These steps can also maximize your cha...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stakes can be very high in domestic violence restraining order cases in New Jersey, and whether a plaintiff or a defendant, understanding the battlefield is critical to success.
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.
"Terroristic Threats" are often the argued grounds for a restraining order to be issued against a person in New Jersey, and New Jersey courts will consider two primary factors in determining whether a "terroristic threat" rises to the level of allowing a restraining order to be issued.