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Transgender Child Wins Right to Change Name

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey family courts are often tasked with ruling on issues that are at the center of cultural controversy—gay marriage, surrogacy issues, and now, transgender rights. In a recent decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court has ruled that a transgender child may change his legal name against the wishes of his… Read More »

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Telling Your Kids about Your Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

It’s the moment that every divorcing couple dreads—telling their children that they’re planning to divorce. While there may be no way to make the conversation entirely painless, going into this conversation with a plan can help minimize any harm caused by the discussion. Below, find some suggested methods for reducing the stress of this… Read More »

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Handling Medical Care for a Child after Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Making medical decisions about a child and handling associated costs can be difficult even when parents remain married. These issues become even more challenging when parents are divorced. While your child’s health care coverage will be determined during the divorce, there are many other decisions and expenses related to medical care that arise later…. Read More »

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Spouse Blocked from Appealing Judgment Years Late

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Family court cases necessarily involve high emotions. These judgments have an intimate impact on the parties’ lives. As a result, family court judges tend to exercise their discretion and not strictly follow the rules more often than other judges. These courts are more likely to reconsider judgments or determine that settlement agreements were unfair… Read More »

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Deviation from Child Support Guidelines Warranted under Limited Circumstances

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey state legislature has spent great time and care creating guidelines for courts to use when determining appropriate amounts of child support. Family court judges are discouraged from deviating from these guidelines, so that parents are assured a fair and predictable outcome when applying for financial support to raise their children after… Read More »

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Reunification Therapy: A Good Choice for You and Your Children?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

After a divorce, your relationship with your children may be strained. These strains are sometimes fed by the parent with residential custody, but can also stem from extended time apart or a shortage of time to visit with your children. In these instances, some parents seek the family court’s assistance in requiring their children… Read More »

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New Jersey Court Rules on Reduction in Alimony After Retirement

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently considered an appeal from a retired alimony payor who sought to have that obligation eliminated or, alternatively, reduced. The case is, among other things, a lesson in acting quickly in seeking a change in alimony after circumstances change. In this case, Rivera v, Rivera-Torres, the husband had been… Read More »

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Father Awarded Primary Custody where Judge Determines Parent Likely to Raise Child Cooperatively

By John B. D'Alessandro |

There are many reasons why it is in your best interest to be as cooperative and open to compromise as possible when co-parenting with a former spouse. While you can’t always bring about the same behavior in your ex, you can set a good example for your children and help to reduce the amount… Read More »

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Navigating Your Child’s Religious Training After a Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

It’s hard to imagine two more contentious subjects than child-rearing and religion, nor two parties less likely to quickly and easily agree on a controversy than a divorced couple. Religion is an issue that may have caused strain on your marriage, but it unfortunately doesn’t always go away after a divorce if you share… Read More »

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Court Rejects Attempt to Move Child to a New School District

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Deciding where a child should go to school can be a challenge even for couples who are still married. Making this decision can quickly become an issue requiring court intervention when the child’s parents are divorced. In a recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division, J.E. v. J.E., the judges considered a father’s… Read More »

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