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February 2016 Archives

Hidden assets in divorce can be uncovered in discovery process

In some New Jersey marriages, spouses have insight into the finances of each other, making the process of property division, alimony and child support easier in the event of a divorce. However, there are those who have concealed assets, and the law requires full disclosure during divorce. Information about the assets of both parties can then be obtained through a process called discovery.

Most family law issues can be resolved through mediation

Not all New Jersey divorces are contentious or acrimonious, and more and more couples aim to maintain an amicable post-divorce relationship -- especially when there are children involved. Divorce mediation provides divorcing couples with the opportunity to have control over decisions that are made on matters that will impact their lives after divorce. Trained mediators can even assist in resolving other family law issues, including those that may arise in the years following a divorce.

Equally shared parenting time may not be suitable for all

The pros and cons of shared child custody remain a much-discussed subject. Some people in New Jersey believe that a 50/50 plan for parenting time is disruptive and creates insecurity and anxiety in children, and others believe that children who have equal access to their parents -- even in separate residences -- benefit on multiple levels. However, the success of shared parenting may be dependent on the ability of the parents to maintain an amicable post-divorce relationship.

Unmarried father fights adoption of his 3-year-old daughter

An unmarried father in another state wants to warn other unwed fathers nationwide, and also those in New Jersey, to establish paternity before the relationship with the mother of the children ends. This man is fighting for custody of his 3-year-old daughter whose adoption was arranged without his knowledge. He says it has been more than a year since he had last seen the child.