No one would advocate that divorce is good for kids, but staying in a bad marriage for their sake can hurt more than help. Here are 5 reasons why keeping an unhappy family together is a terrible idea. Read more
A child custody schedule that makes sense for a toddler may no longer work for a teenager. But modifying parenting time can be difficult when co-parents disagree on what’s appropriate or worse, question each other’s motives for requesting the modification. Read on to find out how businessman Kevin used mediation to negotiate more time with his son. Read more
As part of the divorce process, parents must decide who will claim their child as a dependent on their income taxes. One parent may claim the child every year, or parents may agree to an alternating year schedule.
When children are very young, divorcing parents are mainly concerned with who gets to claim the dependent child tax credit. However, when children enter college, other tax credits and deductions become available that parents may not have been aware of during their divorce.
Have a child in college — and is it your turn to claim them as a dependent? Check out these four extra tax breaks that you could help you reduce how much you owe the IRS. Read more
It’s hard enough co-parenting with a hostile ex when things are going smoothly, but the process becomes much tougher when your child is struggling or acting out in school. Although you can’t control your ex’s behavior, you can be proactive if you know what to expect and employ strategies for how to manage the crazy. Read more
Are you a busy solo parent? Here’s how to save time and stress as you care for your kids — and try to juggle all your other responsibilities! Read more
The disruption of divorce and overwhelming nature of single parenthood can give even a happy-go-lucky person a case of the blues. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s how to cope — and how to conquer — depression as a solo parent. Read more
Grandparents caring for their grandkids is becoming more and more common these days. Most of the time, the arrangement is between family and not court ordered. But, there are situations where grandparents want to formally adopt their grandchildren. Is this possible, here in New Jersey? Read more
When you decide to divorce and you have children, securing time with your kids through custody arrangements and parenting time plans is often the most pressing issue to resolve in your divorce — and also the most contentious. How do you know which custody options are right for your children? How do you see beyond your own hurt to make healthy decisions for your family? And how can you avoid custody battles that end up leaving everyone scarred in their wake? Read more
Many parents know that they want to file for child custody, but some are not sure where they should file. If you are new to New Jersey or have recently moved back, you may be surprised to learn that New Jersey may not be the right state to file your custody application. Here’s how to determine where you should file. Read more