Somerset County Family Law Blog

Social Media Can Play A Big Role In Divorce Cases

With the explosion in social media usage during the last few years by residents of New Jersey and elsewhere, it's important to remember that sharing too much personal information could come back to haunt you in divorce proceedings. More than 80 percent of divorce attorneys responding to a survey by the American Associated of Matrimonial Lawyers said that usage of social media evidence has increased since 2006.

No-Fault Divorce Ignores Some Important Details

In a no-fault divorce, the name says it all: there is no fault allotted in the proceedings. This can be very frustrating for some individuals as they may see some major flaws in the time they spent with their soon-to-be former spouse. Whether those are extra-marital affairs, abuse or anything else, a judge may be legally obligated to avoid considering such circumstances if it is a no-fault divorce. This means that none of what has happened throughout the marriage will affect the division of property.

Misconceptions Of Child Custody, Divorce

Many divorcing parents in Somerset, New Jersey, think mostly of one facet during the dissolution proceedings: the children. Child custody tends to be a stressful determination for parents, one that may result in resentment being directed at whichever parent is deemed custodial. But there are many misconceptions about divorce and parenting in New Jersey, including one that there is a standard amount ofparenting time given to the noncustodial mother or father. This is not the case.

Alimony Reform Still Hotly Debated In New Jersey

Groups in New Jersey are still arguing an important part of the divorce process. The debates over permanent alimony continue to rage. Many people--women and men alike--have been caught by permanent spousal support and forced to pay their former spouses for a considerable length of time, sometimes the rest of their lives. Some experts believe this is inherently unfair, barring many of those who are required to pay permanent alimony from having a feasible retirement.

How Can You Protect Your Assets During A Divorce?

There are a number of reasons that couples in Somerset, New Jersey, should prepare for divorce. Though it may not be romantic, it is wise, especially considering current divorce rates and the average ages that women and men are getting married at now: 26.5 and 28.7 years old, respectively. This means that individuals are entering into marriages with more personal assets and debt, leaving both parties vulnerable to the financial decisions and desires of the other if a divorce happens.

Start The Fight Early If You Want Favorable Custody

When couples in Somerset, New Jersey, decide to call it quits, some may find the split more amicable than others. But when parents divorce, there is suddenly the ability for a third party to be hurt by the decision: the children. This is why parenting plans are so important. If you are a parent that is extremely involved in your child's life, you should make this apparent early during a custody battle. It can mean the difference between a visitation schedule that gives you every other weekend and one that gives you a 50/50 split.

Amicable Divorce And Its Benefits

Readers who follow celebrity gossip and news are aware by now of actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision to split from her husband Chris Martin, ending their 10-year marriage. That announcement was made in March, along with the explanation that the two would engage in a process of “conscious uncoupling.” Being an unfamiliar term, commentators had fun taking jabs at Paltrow, some saying that she was simply trying to make herself special by coming up with some sort of euphemism for divorce.

Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce Offer Alternative To Adversarial Process

Divorce can be a stressful process, as many of our readers know. Because of the nature of the adversarial process, emotions can run high and it can be easy to fall into a non-cooperative, combative stance with a spouse. Obviously, it is important in divorce to know one’s rights and advocate for one’s own interests on issues like property division and child custody. In many cases, though, taking a more cooperative approach can be a more effective way of resolving issues.

Is 'Conscious Uncoupling' Really Just A Fancy Name For Mediation?

Last month, it was announced that actress Gwyneth Paltrow was splitting from her husband of more than a decade, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. However, what garnered more attention than the split itself was term Paltrow used to describe the way the couple plans to end their marriage.

On her upscale lifestyle blog, Goop, Paltrow announced that she and Martin were ending their marriage through something called "conscious uncoupling.” As it turns out, this is a divorce method that was created by a West Coast therapist and was recommended to Paltrow by a mentor.

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