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It's Harder For Your Ex To Move Your Kid From NJ

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on August 14, 2017

What happens if your spouse wants to permanently move your child to a state other than New Jersey?

Our NJ statutes have made it clear for decades that either the other spouse's consent or an order of a NJ Superior Court Judge is required before such a permanant move can be allowed to occur.

Since 1988, the NJ Courts have been making it easier for custodial parents to make such a move. That may have changed dramatically last week.

On August 8, 2017 the New Jersey Supreme Court rewrote the law on what is required when one parent wants to move children from the state of New Jersey on a permanent basis without the other parent's consent.

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Topics: Child Custody

What is Joint Custody in NJ?

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on June 25, 2017

I get asked all the time, "What is joint custody in NJ? What does it really mean in practical terms to me?"

The bottom line is that in New Jersey, there are two broad types of custody.

Physical custody deals with where the child lives, and legal custody deals with who makes major decisions for the child.

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Topics: Child Custody, Co-parenting, family court

The Court Should Be Open For Parenting Time Emergencies

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on May 9, 2017
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Topics: Child Custody, Co-parenting, Divorce Court, family court

Can Your Monmouth County Divorce Lawyer Help You In An Emergency?

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on April 30, 2017

Maybe.

Maybe not.

What exactly is an emergency that justifies a Monmouth County Divorce Lawyer bringing an emergent Order to Show Cause in Monmouth County Family Court?

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Topics: Alimony, Child Custody

How To Have Happier Children While Divorcing

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on May 2, 2015

Of all of the thousands of people that I have consulted with over the past 28 years as a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer, not one has ever said to me that one of their goals as part of the divorce action was to screw up their kids.

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Topics: Visitation, Child Custody, Co-parenting, Divorce

NJ Child Custody

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on December 30, 2014

When I began my career as a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer almost 30 years ago, moms almost always ended up with physical custody, the parents shared joint legal custody, and dads would usually have visitation every other weekend, plus wednesday night for dinner.

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Topics: Child Custody

Joint Custody In NJ Is Simply NOT Always Appropriate

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on November 8, 2014

Joint custody in NJ is way too often, in my view, a big cop-out.

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Topics: Child Custody

What Can Be Done When A Supporting Spouse Acts Like A Jerk, Abandons His Family, And Leaves His Wife Penniless?

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on September 24, 2014

We all know the common line: a supporting spouse has a duty to continue to support the other spouse and children commensurate with the standard of living that the family enjoyed during the marriage.

But what happens when the supporting spouse is acting like a jerk?
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Topics: Alimony, Child Custody

Combatting Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) In Your NJ Divorce

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on September 21, 2014

Intentional or unintentional (more often intentional) parental alienation is all too common in New Jersey Divorces.

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Topics: Visitation, Child Custody

New Jersey's Psychological Parent Law

Posted by Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. on September 10, 2014
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Topics: Child Custody

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