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The Law Concerning Fathers Rights When the Child is Not Yet Born

A FATHERS INFLUENCE HAS LIFELONG EFFECTS ON HIS CHILDREN. FATHERS ARE CONCERNED CAPABLE PARENTS AND MUST HAVE ADEQUATE CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME. It is the father’s right to enjoy his children and it is his responsibility to provide guidance and attention to them. Child support is more than money payments, which alone do not meet Read More

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When one spouse has debt and the other spouse doesn’t want to file for bankruptcy

At Helfand & Associates, in addition to family law, we have been handling individual and small business bankruptcy cases for over 15 years. If a couple is married, they can file together and the cost is just modestly more than an individual bankruptcy although it includes the debts of both parties. Frequently, a couple even Read More

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What Happens to Gifts or Loans if the Couple Does Not Get Married?

Traditionally, when a man proposes marriage, he gives his fiancé an engagement ring. This ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage. It is not the same as other jewelry which are gifts that may be given in a dating relationship but does not carry with it the commitment to marry. If the couple breaks Read More

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The courts may modify or dissolve a final restraining order for good cause

After a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is issued for domestic violence, the parties cannot be in the same place together. If the victim who has a Final Restraining Order approaches the Defendant or instigates conflict (such as a wife calling her husband names or going to where he is when he has parenting time), she Read More

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My spouse and I own a business together. How will a judge split the business?

Businesses have value and are considered assets for division pursuant to the equitable distribution law. Typically, in a divorce, an accountant values the business. The accountant, among other things, reviews the tax returns, books and records of the business for several years, obtains information from the business owners, and accountant of the business and researches Read More

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Restraining Orders in New Jersey Divorce Cases – AFF v. CHG

If you have been harassed or feel threatened by your spouse, a family member, or another person, you have a right to seek a restraining order that prevents the person from coming near you. These legal tools, unfortunately, can come in handy in divorce and related cases. New Jersey’s Superior Court recently explained some of the Read More

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Evidence, Appearance, and Other Responsibilities in Divorce Cases – In re Marriage of Norberg-Hurlburt

A spouse in a divorce case has certain responsibilities, including presenting evidence in support of his or her positions on the issues and showing up in court. A recent case out of Connecticut is a good example of what can happen when a person doesn’t meet those responsibilities. Although this case happened in another state, Read More

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