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Issues prompting New Jersey judges to order supervised visitation

The New Jersey family justice system has children's best interests in mind whenever judges are ruling on custody-related issues in divorce. The court sometimes determines it is best to order supervised visitation. The types of issues that may prompt such decisions can vary, and each judge has full discretion to consider every case by its own merits.

Most parents understand that the highest priority in custody and visitation proceedings is to execute an agreement that helps children adapt to their new lifestyle in as healthy a manner as possible. If a parent has a substance abuse problem, for instance, it would definitely warrant further investigation that may prompt a judge overseeing the case to order supervised visits only, at least until such time that the parent in question shows evidence that he or she has been rehabilitated. Physical or sexual abuse are also serious issues that warrant supervised visitation. In fact, in some situations, the court may determine it best for children to cease all contact with a particular parent.

Real estate and other assets, complicated without a prenup

New Jersey spouses in high-asset situations may want to follow a case that is currently unfolding in another state if they plan to file paperwork to end their marriages in court. The situation is an example of how messy a divorce can get regarding real estate and other assets if a high-net worth couple failed to sign a prenuptial agreement before they wed. David Mugrabi, a member of a family who is known for its ownership of the world's largest private collection of Andy Warhol paintings, has become entangled in a nasty divorce situation that began when his wife allegedly found him lying naked alongside a house guest.

The Mugrabis had been entertaining friends at their lavish, nine-bedroom estate. The next morning, Libbie Mugrabi, age 37 and mother of two, apparently came upon a scene in her family room that suggested her spouse had been engaged in inappropriate intimate behavior with another woman. She has since filed for divorce, which has prompted an acrimonious battle over the Mugrabi art collection and the luxury townhouse.

Does a high asset divorce have to be messy?

The recent news of Jeff Bezos and his longtime wife, Mackenzie, splitting up has many people assuming there will be a long court battle. But Bloomberg reports the former pair plans to part “as friends.”

The Amazon founder has a net worth of $137 billion. After the divorce is final, Mackenzie may be the world’s richest woman. With that kind of money, experts point out he can afford to be generous. A generous settlement often means individuals with significant assets can reach a divorce settlement quicker.

"Southern Charm's" Thomas Ravenel fighting for child custody

New Jersey parents who disagree regarding what is best for their children in divorce may be in for a fight if one or the other petitions the court for sole custody. TV star, Thomas Ravenel has done just that, asserting that the mother of his two children is unfit because she is a prescription drug addict. Ravenel's allegations come after the children's mother, Kathryn Dennis had previously lost and regained child custody because of substance abuse issues.

Dennis is said to have failed a drug test in the past, which prompted the judge overseeing the case to take away her custody. She reportedly went through rehab and her custodial rights were restored. In a recent filing, however, Ravenel has not only requested sole custody of his two kids, ut he has also asked the court to order Dennis to pay child support.

Do you have questions regarding post divorce real estate?

They say life is a series of ever-changing events. Like many other New Jersey residents, you might be inclined to agree, except for that string of years that felt like it was lasting an eternity where everything in your marriage stayed the same. You and spouse had stopped talking, stopped being friends and stopped trying to resolve problems you determined long ago were not resolvable. Now that you're moving on in life, you might be concerned with numerous changes that are going to take place, especially issues pertaining to post divorce real estate.

Perhaps you've already decided that you're going to have to sell your house as well as downsize and find a new residence that is big enough for you and your children but not so big that the cost will send your finances into a downward spiral. If you and your spouse purchased your current home during your marriage, the court will consider it a marital asset that is subject to division. This may prompt decisions as to whether you want to sell out your half of the house to your spouse or both of you agree to sell it after your divorce is finalized. 

Are firefighters more likely to get divorced?

Firefighters have very high-stress work. They face many things in connection to their job, from safety hazards to unusual work hours. Do they also face an increased risk of divorce?

It is a common assumption that firefighters have a higher likelihood of divorce. But what does research have to say about this? A study from a few years ago suggests that this common assumption isn’t fully accurate.

Tax deductions on alimony payments: What you should know for 2019

In the past, divorced parties responsible for paying alimony to an ex-spouse had the ability to deduct such amounts from their federal income taxes. However, amid the significant tax bill signed into law in 2017, that rule is about to change. If you are paying or will pay spousal support, now is the time to pay attention.

Who will get the pet after a divorce?

If you are like most people, when it comes to their pet, they consider them a part of the family. Pets can be wonderful because for the most part, they never get mad at you and they are forever devoted to you. During a divorce, a pet may be there to comfort you when times are stressful. But what happens when the divorce is finalized? Who gets the pet?

The issue surrounding the custody of the pet can be just as contentious as it would be with the kids. If you are wondering how the issue of pet custody is handled in a divorce, here is what you should know.

How do I modify my child custody orders?

People often forget that divorce is breaking a legal marriage contract through the courts. As such, any changes to the official divorce decree should also be pursued through the courts, as well. As circumstances change after a divorce, it is sometimes necessary to modify child custody or visitation orders.

At the time of the divorce, two types of custody are determined: Legal custody and physical custody. Often, legal custody is granted to both parents while primary physical custody is granted to one parent with visitation or custody rights granted to the other parent.

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