Whether you are qualified to obtain a divorce depends on if you meet the statutory criteria found in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2 (Grounds for Divorce), N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2.1 (Dissolution of Civil Union)and N.J.S.A. 2A:34-6 (Divorce from Bed & Board or Legal Separation from a civil union).
New Jersey's law provides for "legal separation" from a civil union, but not from a marriage partner, as some other states do. Nevertheless, some couples may wish to live apart, but are not ready to seek a divorce. When this occurs, questions may arise about the payment of housing expenses, child care and support,
One of the most commonly litigated Family Law issues is whether one party must pay alimony (also called “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance”), to the other. Alimony is a means of proportionately balancing the economic consequences of a divorce so that neither party suffers and
New Jersey’s laws regarding child support are based upon the principle that all children are entitled to the financial support of their parents. In New Jersey, child support is calculated using the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines in almost every case.
When parents separate, the reality for children is that they will now have two families and two homes in which to reside. Difficult decisions need to be made about how parents will share decision-making and day-to-day responsibility for their children.
Parenting time (formerly known as visitation) is the right of every parent to spend time with his or her child. More importantly, it is the child’s right to spend quality time with both of their parents. The New Jersey Judiciary has published the article Parenting Time: A Child’s Right which contains important information about parenting time including:
Each state in the United States has its own laws regarding domestic relations. In today’s more mobile society, it frequently occurs that parents live in different states at the time custody or child support issues first arise, or that either or both of the parents have moved from the state where a custody or child support order has already been entered.
The general rule is that all assets acquired by spouses during their marriage will be divided between them equitably at divorce. Equitable distribution is a method by which all of the assets and debts acquired during a marriage are divided.
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