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Visitation rights of New Jersey grandparents

Grandparents across New Jersey often experience the sad process of the divorce of a child and their spouse. Though the attendance of family events and the stress of custody now infiltrates your daily life, you prove most affected by not seeing the grandchildren you love so dearly.

In New Jersey, upon the decision of parental custody arrangements, grandparents may seek visitation time if their son or daughter does not receive sole or joint custody. The court recognizes that the relationship between a child and their grandparent may hold an unbreakable bond. Divorce should not unnecessarily terminate the connection between loved ones.

Important divorce preparations

The divorce process formally starts when a person files for a divorce. However, what a person does prior to this filing matters considerably. What preparations individuals make once they decide a divorce may be necessary can significantly impact how the divorce process ends up going for them.

We’ll now go over some of the things people may want to do prior to filing for a divorce to prepare for the process.

Important estate planning steps for new parents

As a new parent, you may feel as if you are trying to squeeze 48 hours of work and family time into a 24-hour day, and trying to do so on minimal sleep can prove physically and emotionally taxing. Given all the new responsibilities you have recently taken on, you may not be thinking too much about the state of your estate plan, if you have one. But your life changes in many ways after becoming a parent, making creating one especially important.

Once you have your own son or daughter, you may find it beneficial to take the following steps with regard to estate planning:

When might you need a prenuptial agreement?

If you are like many people who are about to get married, you may feel as if you have no need for a prenuptial agreement. Maybe you have full faith in your marriage and you do not plan to divorce, or perhaps you do not feel as if you have enough assets to warrant one.

Creating a prenuptial agreement can be a smart move for everyone, however, and this holds true even if you do not have what you think are considerable enough assets to need one. Furthermore, almost no one enters into a marriage thinking it will do anything other than last the long haul, but statistics have repeatedly shown that a large percentage of married couples do eventually part ways. So, when might you want to consider creating a prenuptial agreement?

What is divorce mediation?

In general, the divorce process can be complex and confusing. To help alleviate some stress and financial strain, some divorcing couples consider alternative methods to complete the divorce process, such as mediation.

Couples who are considering their options may find it helpful to explore the mediation process and what it entails. Here are a few important facts to know about mediation. 

Is a will or trust right for you?

An estate plan is an excellent way for you to ensure the proper distribution of your property once you die. While you may be aware that wills and trusts are parts of successful estate plans, you may not be fully aware of their uses.

Will and trusts have distinct purposes and differences. There are a few things to consider about both estate planning aspects to determine the best option for you.

Things to consider in your estate planning

When you pass, you want to make sure there is a plan in place to take care of your loved ones and assets. Proper estate planning is a good way to ensure that happens.

There are several parts to estate planning. Make sure you know the things to consider when making your estate plan so that you protect the ones you love.

The basics of divorce mediation

You and your spouse have decided to split and now you’re riddled with questions. Not only are you dealing with the emotional aspect of ending a marriage, but you have no experience with divorce and are not sure what to expect.

After talking it over with your soon–to-be-ex, you agree that settling out of court is preferred. The idea of mediation has come up but you’re unfamiliar with the specifics of it. How does it work? Do a lot of divorcing couples use it?

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