The State Of Transgender Parents Rights In New Jersey

transgender parents and childrenMarch 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual awareness dedicated to celebrating transgender people and to acknowledge discrimination that still occurs against the transgender community every day. As part of raising awareness, let’s take a look at the hot button issue of transgender parents and child custody rights. Are the rights of transgender parents being respected — and protected — by our laws and courts in New Jersey? Continue reading

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Transgender Rights: How to Change Your Name & Gender Marker in New Jersey

transgender rightsFriday, March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual awareness day that is dedicated to not only celebrating transgender people but also to bringing attention to the discrimination that transgender people face every day. This year’s theme is #TransResistance, aimed at focusing on organizing the community against oppression.

We’re contributing to this year’s theme by providing information about one of the most empowering steps a transgender person may decide to take: amending their birth certificate to change their name and their gender to reflect who they truly are! Continue reading

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But, Who Gets the Dog??

pet custodyAmy and Josh are going thru a divorce and are, for the most part, amicable. Their one stumbling block to settling their case? Their beloved dog, Max. Max, an English Bulldog, was purchased by Amy prior to the couple getting married, but while the couple lived together. They have no children (human, that is) and they both want “custody” of Max.

With National Pet Day coming on April 11, we are all reminded just how beloved and special our pets are. Without question, many consider their furry friends to be family. But, New Jersey still considers pets, at least in a legal sense, to be property, when a dispute arises with couples who are separating or divorcing. Continue reading

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Psyching Yourself Up For Divorce: 5 Steps To Make Sure You’re Ready

preparing for divorceYou want a divorce, but with so many critical decisions looming on the horizon, the prospect can feel more than a little daunting. Your assets, your kids, and your future…are you ready for the road ahead? With so much at stake now that you’ve separated, here is a 5-step action plan to help you begin the divorce process feeling ready, willing, and able to take on these big life issues. Continue reading

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Why A Post-Nuptial Agreement Could Be Good For Your Relationship

Post-nuptial AgreementsIf you wish you’d negotiated a prenup before you said “I do,” a post-nuptial agreement may be exactly what you need right now to help you feel more secure about your future – and your relationship. The secret to marital bliss? Find out why for some couples, it’s the peace of mind that comes from having a post-nup in place. Continue reading

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Alternatives for Domestic Violence Offers DV Counseling Program For Korean Community

Help for Domestic Violence in the Korean CommunityDomestic violence can affect people of all backgrounds and walks of life. But in New Jersey’s Korean community, spousal or partner abuse is of special concern as language barriers and cultural norms may prevent victims for reaching out for the protection they need. What can be done to better support the Korean community? Here’s how Alternatives for Domestic Violence, a long-standing Bergen County domestic violence organization, is stepping up to help. Continue reading

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Announcing Our New Union County Divorce & Family Law Offices

union county divorce and family law attorneysWe are pleased to announce the opening of our new divorce and family law offices in Union County! Centrally located in Cranford, our new offices are now open and accepting clients. Continue reading

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How To Keep Details Of Your Divorce From Reaching Your Kids’ Ears

explaining divorce to your kidsKids should be told when their parents decide to divorce, of course, because this relationship status change impacts their lives too, and sometimes most of all. But how many details about their parents’ divorce do kids really need? A surprising source for divorce wisdom on this topic from none other than actress Scarlett Johansson.

This past week, Johansson filed divorce papers from her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac. Johansson’s only statement about her pending divorce to date has addressed her desire to keep her divorce private — for the sake of their two-year-old daughter Rose and what she might read about her parents’ divorce in the future. Continue reading

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Complex Child Custody: How Is “Tri-Custody” Awarded?

Can a child ever have three legal parents? Yes! As modern family configurations continue to evolve and shift, a growing number of courts are awarding “tri-custody,” or shared legal and physical custody of a child split three ways. What circumstances can trigger a tri-parenting arrangement? Key recent court rulings outline what factors determine whether tri-custody is in a child’s best interests. Continue reading

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Staying Sane & Happily Married When Your Elderly In-Laws Move In

living with your in-lawsAfter intimacy and money, in-laws are the #1 issue couples argue about. Are you in the “sandwich generation” caring for your own kids and your elderly parents or in-laws…under one roof? This doesn’t mean your marital relationship needs to feel like it’s been put in a pressure cooker. Read on to learn five key tips for keeping sane — and staying happily married — when parents move in. Continue reading

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