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Family law: Staying together for the kids may not benefit them

There will likely always be parents in New Jersey and other states whose relationships with each other have deteriorated entirely, but they choose to remain together for the sake of the children. They might be unaware of recent international studies that confirm the findings of a 2012 American family law study. The consensus is that most children are not damaged by the divorce but rather by living in households where animosity is ever-present. In certain circumstances, children are better off after their parent's divorce.

Family law: Is jewelry regarded as marital property?

When it comes to divorce laws, New Jersey is an equitable distribution state in which the marital property is divided fairly -- though not necessarily equally. Assets brought into the marriage by each spouse will typically remain his or her property. Family law also determines that any gifts or inheritances received during the marriage by one spouse from third parties will continue to be the receiver's property as long as it is not commingled with marital property. If for example, a portion of one spouse's inheritance is used to renovate the family home, it becomes marital property absent a written agreement to the contrary.

Could mediation be right for you?

For some people facing the prospect of divorce, they are concerned that it will be a hellish experience that they want to get through as quickly as possible.  They fear that the divorce will consume them (i.e. financially and emotionally), they may believe that they will be ruined after the process is over.

Don't Let Your Credit Score Be A Casualty Of Your Divorce

Divorce can be an emotional and financial whirlwhind. While you're paying legal fees and dividing assets and establishing custody and support guidelines for your children, one thing that may not be at the front of your mind is your credit score. But your credit can take a hit during a divorce, just like the rest of your finances. Here are some ways you can protect your credit as you work to move into the next phase of life.

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