Despite the reported levels of divorces nationwide, many New Jersey couples may believe theirs are the marriages that would last forever. Statisticians say a large percentage of first marriages end in divorce, and the rates for second and third marriages are even higher. Family law authorities suggest that couples draft prenuptial agreements -- even if it is only to provide peace of mind.
Building a family is an exciting time for New Jersey families, but being biological parents is not possible for all. When adoption is considered, potential parents may have many questions about the legal proceedings that will follow. While it is feasible to handle an adoption without legal help, securing the services of an experienced attorney makes the most sense.
Remarriage is typically a challenge for parents. When both parties have children from a previous marriage, the assistance of New Jersey family law professionals may help to smooth the process. In first marriages, newlyweds typically have months -- or sometimes years -- to settle into the marriage before they have children. Even when they start a family, they can get used to parenting one child at a time. With bringing together the several children of two families, parents may be consumed with the needs of the kids and leave themselves no time to settle into the new circumstances.
The moment New Jersey residents leave their homes they are subjected to rules and laws -- on the roads, at their offices and more. However, in their homes, most people have loads of rules to keep the kids in line, but very few for the parents. Considering the high number of divorces that follow financial disputes, it may be a good idea to create some grownup rules to address family law in the home.
More and more couples in New Jersey choose to live together rather than to get married. The dynamics of each couple are unique, and cohabitation may be the best option for them. However, in the event of a breakup, existing family law may not provide the same level of protection for unmarried partners in property division as it does for those who are legally married.
When it comes to the safety of children in homes in which substance abuse is a problem, the latest threat in New Jersey and elsewhere is heroin and opioids. However, this is not a new issue, as alcohol is a known epidemic along with meth and crack cocaine that have been around in the past. Reportedly, the number of children being cared for by grandparents or other extended families as opposed to foster families has grown significantly. Unfortunately, family law does not make it easy for grandparents to obtain any legal rights in the care of their grandchildren.
Many New Jersey couples who are considering divorce may value their privacy along with their time and money. Mediation, an alternative family law dispute resolution, provides a platform from which divorcing spouses can work to resolving issues through communication -- and compromise when necessary. With the right guidance, a mediated divorce may be finalized in a shorter time and at a lower cost than a litigated divorce. Moreover, the family's affairs will remain private.
Couples in New Jersey whose relationships have deteriorated to a point where they cannot be in a room together will likely opt for divorce by litigation. In such a case, the court will decide on all issues such as property division, child custody and more. However, it is estimated that approximately 70 percent of divorcing couples are able to resolve contentious family law issues outside of court. This may be achieved on their own or with the guidance of a divorce mediator.
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.
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.