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Time to modify custody? Here's what to consider

If you and your spouse came up with a custody plan that works for you, it might be disruptive if they suddenly want to change it. While many of the changes that people want to make might not be warranted, modifications for purposes such as moving or letting your child go to a new school may be necessary.

If you and your ex-spouse are able, one of the things you can do is to sit down and discuss a new custody plan. Together, you may realize that the current plan is not working or that your child's needs are outgrowing it. If that's the case, then you may want to look into working out a temporary plan. With your new plan, you can make the changes that are needed in the short term, but you should also reach out to your attorney to seek a modification in court, so that the changes are legally binding.

If you want to co-parent, be fully committed

You and your spouse are getting a divorce, but you have both agreed that you want to have a good relationship for the sake of your children. Neither of you did anything particularly wrong to cause divorce, but you grew apart and simply weren't happy any longer.

As a result, you want to build a strong coparenting relationship. To you, this means that you can still share holidays and events together. Perhaps you can even travel together as a family, but you and your spouse won't have to be in a marital relationship any longer. Of course, this kind of relationship takes work, especially when you're ending a marriage.

3 ways to reduce the conflict in your upcoming divorce

If you have small children and will soon be facing a divorce, you probably want to do everything in your power to make the divorce as painless for your family as possible. In fact, even couples who don't have children may want to get their divorce over with quickly and smoothly instead of fighting over every detail.

A lot of people are under the inaccurate impression that the only way to get a divorce is to litigate or let your spouse ride roughshod over all of your preferences and wishes. In reality, there are several alternative dispute resolution options available to those who want to end their marriage. Three of these options are increasingly common in modern divorces.

New Jersey divorce case shows why settlement details matter

Divorce takes time. There are a lot of decisions and paperwork, and attorneys. Why can’t it now be done with a few clicks online like everything else? Or with a vacation in Reno like the old days?

A dramatic New Jersey case made its way to the state’s Supreme Court and illustrates the need for patience while the separating couple and their counsel pay close to every unique detail and possibility.

Can I change a divorce order years after the divorce?

Change is a rule of life. We have to be adaptable to change. When it comes to court rulings, however, change can be a difficult thing.

Such was the status of divorce decrees years ago when the court’s rulings were difficult to change. However, in 1980, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that courts not only must determine custodial support, child support and related orders, but also can revise these order under special circumstances.

Benefits of mediation to settle your divorce

Divorce can be a devastating and emotional process. However, if the couple is amicable and willing to work together, mediation might be the best way to settle the terms of their divorce. Couples that choose mediation over litigation can save themselves time and money by avoiding a trial and court time. It also affords more privacy as the proceedings aren’t a matter of public record.

In addition, mediation allows clients to be more actively involved in settling the details of the case and gives them more control over the outcome and process in general.

Paying for college tuition as a divorced couple

You and your former spouse have a child who wishes to attend college. You know that college tuition proves incredibly costly, and you worry that your ex-spouse will have no interest in helping pay the excessive fees. Luckily, in the state of New Jersey, you and your former spouse both face requirements by law to continue to provide for your child’s education – even when he or she reaches the age of 18.

New Jersey law considers children over the age of 18 unemancipated, meaning that their education expenses will still fall largely on the individual parents. The law will end when your child receives their desired post high school degree, whether the degree is a 2-year or traditional 4-year college education.

Is New Jersey a no-fault divorce state?

In "no-fault" divorce states, both spouses can be considered blameless for the ending of their marriage. If a divorcing couple chooses to file their divorce in an uncontested manner, they may be able to work through their court procedures quickly and inexpensively.

New Jersey law provides two ways to file for no-fault divorce and seven ways to file for fault divorce.

Developing thoughtful and creative parenting plans

Divorcing your spouse is not divorcing your role as a parent. In fact, both parents are encouraged by research psychologists to take a pro-active role in their kid’s lives despite the changes brought on by divorce. In most cases, children benefit from both parents contributions. Each parent has a unique ability to influence the emotional well-being of their children.

One way you can ensure your children are still the center of your world is through adapting a thoughtful and creative parenting plan. Parenting plans are either implemented through a standard court-approved agreement or developed by parents.


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