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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.

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...

Navigating Parenting Issues in the Holiday Season

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The holidays can be difficult for families at the best of times. With the time confined at home, the financial strain, and all the pressures of the festive season, more family law issues crop up than any other time of year. This year not only has the coronavirus pandemic created fresh problems in...

COVID-19 Closures and Custody in NJ and Beyond

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

As 2020 draws to a close, COVID-19 numbers are beginning to increase again, and schools are changing their reopening plans. In NJ, as is the case in many states, local school districts are making different decisions based on the percent of positive COVID-19 cases in their area. The unpredictable ...

How the Coronavirus Completely Reinvented One Family

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The coronavirus has had America on its toes for nearly nine full months now, and family law is riding on waves of its repercussions. As individuals contract the novel virus and pass away from its complications, many families are left wondering what who takes over as head of the household? Who beg...

Public Figure Custody Battles

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

Public figures like celebrities and politicians are all-too-familiar with the stressors of being in the spotlight. Whether it's celebrating achievements or sharing heartbreaking news, the trade-off for the luxuries of fame is managing people's expectations – and often, their harsh opinions. Yet n...

Co-parenting and COVID

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Learning how to co-parent successfully during a pandemic is unquestionably challenging. A new Washington Post profile of different East Coast families who share co-parenting duties reports that most of them agree that the two biggest challenges in custody arrangements are: facing uncertainty when...

When Illness or Injury Affects a Marriage

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many different factors may play into the unraveling of a marriage, not the least of which is the physical health of one or more of the partners. We don't generally like to think of illness or injury as being a deciding factor in divorce; after all, the marriage vows include the phrase, “In sickne...

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