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Category Archives: Family Law

NJ Alimony Law Update [2019]

By Katherine K. Wagner |

As an experienced Somerset County, NJ alimony law attorney I have had to keep up with recent changes in New Jersey alimony statutes. If you are contemplating getting divorced, are in the process of getting divorced, or are the recipient or the payor of alimony in NJ, you need to read on – there… Read More »

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How Long Do You Pay Child Support in NJ? [2019 Update]

By Katherine K. Wagner |

The Principles of Child Support in New Jersey The guiding principles of child support in New Jersey are that children should not be economic victims in a divorce. Instead, children are considered entities who are entitled to share in their parent’s income, and in New Jersey parents have a continuous duty to support their… Read More »

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NJ Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents: A Guide

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Child Custody Laws in NJ for Unwed Parents Gone are the days when every child had married parents. The current diversity of family living arrangements has resulted in the court system establishing an alternative to a divorce proceeding, called a “non-dissolution ‘FD’ Case”  which is used by unmarried parents to: Establish a Legal Custody… Read More »

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Can I Change Child Custody Without Going to Court?

By Katherine K. Wagner |

The short answer is yes. However, if you decide to make changes to the child custody arrangement without an attorney and without going to court, there will be no legal document binding the parties to those changes. This can  create more problems than it solves. How to Change Your Custody Agreement First, let’s talk… Read More »

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After Divorce, Does Child Support Cover Extracurricular Activities?

By Katherine K. Wagner |

When a child lives with both parents, the topic of extracurricular activities rarely causes more than a slight blip on the radar. As long as the parents support the activities, can pay for them and can transport the child, everyone is fine. However, in a divorce situation, a young person’s extracurriculars can become fodder… Read More »

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Co-Parenting After A Divorce

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Making co-parenting work after a divorce is no small task, given the family upheaval and stress that has occurred. New living arrangements, custody schedules, birthdays and holidays, life decisions about education, and other activities are all part of adjusting to a new parenting situation. However, with care, dedication, and planning, co-parenting can and does… Read More »

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Child Custody and Unmarried Parents

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Unmarried parents that do not live together can face certain challenges when it comes to making child custody and parenting-time arrangements. One of the first hurdles is paternity, since unmarried fathers are not assumed to be a child’s biological parent. This affects a father’s rights in NJ. Without proof or paternity, these fathers can… Read More »

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Alimony in NJ: What You Should Know

By Katherine K. Wagner |

A Guide to Alimony in NJ Questions or concerns about alimony? Call NJ divorce lawyer Katherine K. Wagner at 908-948-8853 for a consultation. What Is Alimony? In its simplest form, alimony is money paid by one spouse to another after a divorce. It’s also commonly known as spousal support. There are two main reasons… Read More »

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How to File for Divorce in New Jersey

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Five Steps to File for Divorce Spouses seeking a divorce in New Jersey must follow five general steps. This post will explore these steps in greater detail, and answer many other common questions about divorce filings in New Jersey. Gather Important Records Decide on a Reason for Divorce Prepare a Complaint for Divorce File… Read More »

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Guide to Child Support in New Jersey

By Katherine K. Wagner |

How does child support work in New Jersey? NJ Child Support Guidelines Principles of Child Support in New Jersey The guiding principles of child support in New Jersey are that children should not be economic victims in a divorce; they are instead, entities who are entitled to share in their parent’s income and parents… Read More »

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