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Why Does the Court Make Me Go to Parenting Education Classes?

New Jersey law requires parents to attend a one-time class about parenting. The seminar costs $25, which you pay as part of the divorce petition filing fee. Both parents are required to attend, usually separately. If either parent does not attend, the divorce court judge may consider that fact when…

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What Is a GAL and When Do New Jersey Cases Use Them?

GAL stands for guardian ad litem. “Ad litem” means “for the suit,” meaning for the lawsuit. A guardian ad litem is an advocate appointed by the court to act on behalf of another party. Guardians ad litem are sometimes used in child custody and divorce cases, though less commonly in…

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Does Child Support End at Graduation?

If you have a child who is about to graduate from high school or college, you may be wondering if child support will stop. We at Lyons & Associates, P.C. specialize in all aspects of matrimonial and family law. We often counsel clients on issues relating to graduation and child…

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Do I Need a Child Custody Evaluation in New Jersey?

In most divorce cases, the most difficult issue to resolve is the custody of and visitation with minor children. Ideally, you will be able to come to an agreement about this with your ex-spouse. You can, however, defer the decision to the Court. If you do, though, the court may…

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Can I Represent Myself in a Divorce Proceeding?

Do You Need an Attorney in a Divorce Proceeding? If you and your spouse have concluded that your marriage is over and you have no children or other issues in dispute, or you don’t believe you can afford a lawyer, should you simply represent yourself in the divorce process? Under…

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What Happens When a Party Stops Paying Child Support?

The Consequences of Non-Payment of Child Support in New Jersey When a noncustodial parent subject to a child support order in New Jersey stops making payments, the custodial parent has at his or her disposal a number of remedies. This blog post provides an overview of what can potentially occur…

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