Thanks to the power of the Internet and ever-changing new technology, visitation rights for parents in the U.S. are becoming easier and more convenient if one parent is living far from the other.
Last week on our Somerville family law blog, we began discussing an interesting opinion piece written by a guest columnist for the Star-Ledger. The columnist explains why many Orthodox Jewish women who live in New Jersey fear that they will lose custody of their children if they choose to divorce their spouses and no longer practice their religion or follow certain traditions.
Last weekend, the Star-Ledger published a powerful opinion piece written by a guest columnist who explains the real fears some New Jersey women face if they wish to seek a divorce. The woman explains that in the Orthodox Jewish community, women typically marry at a young age because their parents choose a spouse for them. The guest columnist had a marriage arranged for her when she was 19 years old.
For New Jersey residents that can remember back to the 1960s, you'll likely remember how taboo the thought of a couple moving in together before marriage was. Only about 10 percent of couples did so before tying the knot. Studies later indicated that those who moved in together before marriage also had a significantly higher divorce rate.
Earlier this week on our Somerville family law blog, we began discussing some steps New Jersey couples can take during a divorce to help maintain financial stability during and after the divorce process. Divorce is not cheap. However, couples who understand their current financial situations and the values of their assets that will be subjected to equitable distribution can avoid making poor decisions during divorce proceedings that could cost them in the future.
Divorce causes financial upheaval for almost every Somerset County couple regardless of whether the divorce is contested or mutually agreed upon. The divorce process can also heighten emotional tension and stress, which can lead to impulsive decisions that can negatively affect each person's future. Experts say that by taking a few simple steps, divorcing couples in New Jersey can avoid many of the pitfalls that plague less cautious individuals.
A business, a vacation home or a baseball team are certainly important assets that must be valued appropriately during divorce proceedings. But other items such as jewelry can also play a large part in any New Jersey couple's divorce.
When a couple brings a new child into the world, the parents understand that they also have new responsibilities to care for their child and to financially support their child. This responsibility does not end after divorce, and parents may need to make important adjustments and life-changes in order to continue to financially support their children after divorce.