Splitting up is never easy. Whether an individual is the one initiating the end of a relationship or is learning for the first time that the other partner is unhappy in a relationship, the decision to go separate ways can be complex and devastating. When this happens in a marriage, the first thought New Jersey couples may have after acknowledging that divorce is in the picture is whether or not their marriage can be saved. Should the couple go to marriage counseling? Would some time apart help to mend the broken relationship? Should the couple stay together for the kids?
Last week, our Somerville family law blog discussed the complex child custody case involving a New Jersey couple and their three children who were taken away from their Philipsburg home in 2009 due to allegations of domestic violence. Today, the couple learned that they have now also lost custody of their fourth child who was just born last week.
A judge may finally decide next month whether or not a New Jersey couple should regain custody of their three children who were removed by the state from the couple's Philipsburg home in January 2009.
Although millions of Americans rely on Facebook and other social media websites to stay in touch with relatives, friends and co-workers, more lawyers, including family law attorneys, are using the sites to gather evidence for legal purposes.
When couples with children divorce or separate, parents often become overwhelmed during negotiations regarding child custody and child support. Once negotiations are reached regarding child custody arrangements and child support payments, New Jersey parents may assume that they will not need to address the issues again, and parents may trust that their former partners will adhere to their legal agreements.
Last week, a judge ruled that a lawsuit challenging the rights of same-sex couples in New Jersey will be allowed to proceed in the court.
Our nation's views about marriage and divorce have significantly transformed throughout the past few decades, bringing many changes to our family law system. In addition to changing the way child custody, alimony and premarital arrangements are handled in our state court systems, more states, including New Jersey, have also begun to change laws regarding the rights of same-sex couples to marry or to have similar rights that legally married couples are able to benefit from.
It is no shock these days when celebrity couples end their marriages, but many were surprised earlier this week to learn that Kim Kardashian had already filed for divorce after only 72 days of marriage to her second husband, Kris Humphries. Humphries, who played for the New Jersey Nets last NBA season, apparently was just as surprised about this week's divorce filing as the rest of the public.