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Lay the groundwork for a positive divorce experience

While deciding to end a marriage is undoubtedly an intensely personal, often emotionally traumatic decision, it does not necessarily have to wipe out all joy in life. New Jersey spouses who keep several key issues in mind may be able to keep stress to a minimum and "get the most for their money," so to speak, as they head to court for divorce. It is also a good idea to build a strong support network to help overcome any emotional or legal obstacles that arise.

Considering divorce? Here are some issues to keep in mind

One of the most personal and serious decisions New Jersey residents can make is whether or not to stay in an unhappy marriage. It is no secret that divorce filings tend to increase in the early months of every new year. Many spouses are especially concerned about their children, finances and property, and are unsure of how to determine the best course of action.

Consider divorce mediation if you want a fresh start in 2019

Some people start off the new year with resolutions they likely won't keep. Millions of people promise themselves to lose weight, learn a new language or otherwise better themselves in the new year. Other people will see January as an opportunity to make a drastic and real change in their life.

Former reality TV star reportedly satisfied with divorce plan

New Jersey reality TV fans may remember Lizzie Rovsek, who starred with her then husband on a show about real housewives. It seems that Christian Rovsek, her now ex-husband, will be paying a substantial amount of monthly support to financially provide for her, as well as her children's, needs. The two former spouses have also reportedly signed a divorce agreement regarding how they will raise their children.

Want to keep your divorce out of court? Consider mediation

Would you be surprised to learn that it is often possible to resolve divorce issues in a day? While it is true that this is definitely not always the case, if you and your spouse are able to engage in peaceful discussion and are both willing to cooperate and compromise, as necessary to achieve an amicable agreement, there is no reason you must endure a long, drawn-out process in court. Others in New Jersey have used mediation as a productive means of settling their divorces in a swift and economically feasible manner.

How to overcome stress in a New Jersey divorce

Most New Jersey residents who have divorced would agree that the process is not easy. In fact, in many situations, such as those that involve children, stress levels may soar as each issue is discussed with the hope of achieving a fair and satisfactory agreement. Divorce can be an emotionally exhausting experience; however, there are several ways to deal with such stress as one moves toward a new lifestyle.  

Brad Pitt to share child custody with Angelina Jolie

Many New Jersey parents can relate to situations where they strongly disagree with their former spouses regarding matters that concern their children. When the main issue at hand is child custody, it can be difficult to resolve the issues, especially if parents are trying to work things out on their own. It is no secret that Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been entangled in a custody battle for several years now.  

Child custody should always focus on children's best interests

When New Jersey parents seek the court's intervention to make decisions regarding their children, they can assume the court will base its rulings on what is or isn't in the best interest of the children. When parents disagree, the court considers various factors and makes decisions on a case-by-case basis. Television star Vanessa Marcil recently spoke about her own child custody dispute with her now 16-year-old son's biological father and made some points that other parents may want to keep in mind when facing similar problems.

Collaborative law: Basic info and potential benefits

The decision to divorce is a serious one. It's also one that many New Jersey residents may be considering. Some people feel that it is the most viable option for their particular situations, but they hesitate because they really do not want to become entangled in long, contentious court battles. A collaborative law divorce may be something to keep in mind in such circumstances.

Getting along with your ex during mediation: 5 tips

Mediation only works if you and your spouse -- who will soon be your ex -- can actually get along. With the divorce stays in place, you don't have a lot of options. Mediation gives you a chance to work out some of your issues, especially those involving children, in a complex relationship. But you have to cooperate to do it.

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