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New Jersey family law: Visitation rights for grandparents

For one reason or another, some grandparents may not get the access to the their grandchildren that they desire. Parents have the right to make that call. However, those individuals in New Jersey who are grandparents and believe that having time with their grandchildren would benefit the children may be able to seek visitation orders by filing the appropriate motion in a family law court.

New Jersey and every other state have enacted grandparent visitation statutes. These laws allow grandparents to petition the court in order to gain some level of access to their grandchildren. This does not mean that all petitions will automatically be granted, however.

End your marriage on a positive note with mediation

The thought of having to go through the divorce process may be unappealing to you, as divorce is often a contentious process. This is especially true if you and your spouse have already had trouble reconciling your differences prior to filing divorce papers.

Fortunately, not every divorce proceeding in New Jersey has to be filled with angst and infighting. Mediation makes it possible to end your marriage with as little conflict as possible when addressing matters such as asset division and alimony.

Business litigation defense: Fighting breach of contract claims

Contracts, businesses in New Jersey and elsewhere depend on them for security and success. What happens though if one is accused of not holding up his or her end of a business contract? Those facing such accusations can turn to a business litigation defense attorney for assistance.

When one is faced with breach of contract allegations, it means that one or more parties believe that there has been a failure to live up to the agreements made in a signed contract. Such accusations can come from a partner, supplier, employee or even a customer. In order to pursue a breach of contract claim, the plaintiff must:

  • Show that the contract was valid
  • Give evidence of a breach
  • Show that he or she lived up to his or her end of the contract
  • Notify the defendant of the believed breach -- preferably in writing

New Jersey family law: The link between genetics and divorce

It has been said that children who are the products of divorced parents are more likely to end up getting divorced as well. This is something psychologists have long believed. Why? According to a recent study, it is not because of the environment in which they were raised. While there may be several factors as to why couples in New Jersey choose to end their marriages, each party can turn to his or her own family law attorney who can be there to get them through the process as smoothly as possible.

A study out of Sweden suggests that genetics, not environment, plays a big role in whether children of divorced parents will also get divorces later in life. Researchers looked at adoption cases and reviewed the marital histories of the kids' biological and adoptive parents. According to a recent report, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that genetics certainly has a significant impact on whether the children will end up getting divorced themselves.

Approaching life after divorce with a financial strategy in hand

The end of a marriage will inevitably bring about change in the lives of everyone involved. If you are going through a divorce, you probably have enough stress on your plate as is, and concerns about how the outcome will impact your financial future may do little to ease the situation.

You may be searching for every possible way during this time to prepare for life moving forward. While divorce will likely affect your financial standings, this could only be temporary, and there are resources readily available to you that can assist in the transition to life on your own.

In need of a civil litigation defense after a car accident?

You were in a car accident in New Jersey and the whole thing left you in a daze, which is completely normal. Thankfully you were okay, but the other driver was injured pretty badly. A little time passes, things seem to be getting back to normal, then, BAM, you are hit with a lawsuit and find yourself in need of a civil litigation defense.

While there are times when negligence contributes to auto collisions, there are also instances when accidents really are just that -- accidents. Fault will still be determined following investigations by law enforcement officers and insurance providers. This is so that those involved can file any necessary insurance claims in order to seek some relief for their losses. There are those individuals who will want more than what insurance may offer, potentially placing your hard-earned assets at risk.

Divorce or annulment, a family law attorney can help with either

Marriages end for a number of reasons. For every couple, the reason is their own. However, why a marriage fails to thrive can be the determining factor in whether one needs to seek a divorce or an annulment. Whichever is appropriate, a family law attorney can assist those in New Jersey who are looking to end their marriages get through the process.

How are an annulment and a divorce different? When one seeks an annulment, it means that he or she wants a court to rule that the marriage basically never happened. A divorce, on the other hand, is all about ending the marriage and dividing assets. In order to seek an annulment, it means that at least one of four conditions existed in the marriage, these conditions are bigamy, fraud, insanity or force.

Will a New Jersey judge approve your custody agreement?

When you decided to end your relationship, you may have made an agreement with your soon-to-be ex-spouse that you would put aside your differences in order to co-parent. You and the other parent may be working toward developing a custody agreement and parenting plan that will work best for your children and for the two of you as well.

However, do you know if your plan will meet with the approval of a New Jersey family court? The judge wants to ensure that your agreement serves the best interest of your children. While it is true that you can create any agreement that you want, if it fails to meet that threshold in the eyes of a judge, you may get sent back to try again.

You're divorcing your spouse, not your lenders

During your marriage, you may have incurred some debts with your spouse. Perhaps you have a mortgage, a car loan or two, and credit cards, along with other financial obligations. While things are good, you both work together to make the payments on your debts and enjoy the fruits of those labors.

That could change dramatically if your marriage ends. As you work to untangle your lives, you are splitting not just assets, but your debts as well. So what does it mean to "divide" your debts in a divorce?

Divorce experts optimistic about the future

You may be facing an upheaval of Titanic proportions. You thought you had everything figured out, but then reality started to creep into your life. Your marriage isn't working, and now you are looking at divorce.

Two divorce experts have teamed up for people just like you, and they are sharing some of their advice in a new book. In a recent news article, they give a few excerpts of their sage advice. The overarching theme is stay positive, change is good, and you never know what blessings lay ahead!

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