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New Jersey home buying and selling: halted by COVID-19?

So much about everyday life that we simply take for granted has dramatically changed recently, hasn't it?

We refer here to the coronavirus pandemic, of course, and its seismic effects on everything from group gatherings to grocery shopping.

New Jersey divorce during a health pandemic: Is it possible?

"We know how difficult divorce can be."

We prominently note that truism on our family law website at the proven Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh in Somerville. No reasonable person underestimates the challenges that divorce can entail even in the best of times.

A key element affecting the contours of family law

The practiced legal team at the New Jersey Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh in Somerville has seen a broad evolution in recent years concerning factors that centrally influence family law.

Much about custody – especially expectations and judicial presumptions – has changed within the past generation, for example. As we note on our firm’s website, shared parenting has become increasingly common.

New Jersey fathers may have to fight for their custody rights

When parents go through a divorce, one of the most complicated and emotionally challenging issues to work through is child custody. Sometimes, parents are not able to resolve this issue on their own, and as a result, they have to rely on the court to make the final call regarding their custody schedule. Unfortunately, family courts sometimes still give preference to the mother over the father.

Children benefit when allowed to have strong relationships with both parents after divorce. Despite the clear evidence that they need access to both parents, there are still some who think it's best to allow the mother to have primary custody. As a result, some New Jersey fathers still have to fight for their right to have access to their kids and maintain a strong role in their lives.

3 scams that could cost you more than a new home

Buying a new home can be equally exciting and stressful. And for new or inexperienced home buyers, the process can be especially overwhelming.

To make the situation even more complicated, scammers may attempt to swindle buyers during this time. To protect your money and your potential home, you should know how to spot a few common scams.

Consider all angles for the marital home in a divorce

If you are like most New Jersey residents, your largest asset is the family home. When you purchased it, you and your spouse pooled your financial resources in order to afford your dream home. During your marriage, you had access to all the family's resources to pay and care for the home. In fact, you may not have given a second thought to what would happen if you and your spouse went your separate ways.

Now that you have started the divorce process, you face figuring out the best way to deal with the marital home. You will have numerous factors to consider in determining whether one of you will keep the home, you will sell the home as part of the divorce or sell the home later. The decision you make will have a significant impact on your post-divorce financial life.

Where should I look if I think my spouse is hiding assets?

People can make some regrettable missteps during a divorce. In some ways, this is understandable because it can be an emotionally overwhelming experience, and most people have never been through it before.

However, there are some missteps that no one should make during a divorce. This includes attempting to conceal assets in an effort to shield them from the division process. However, nearly half of the people in one recent survey reported that they hid money from their partner. If you worry that your spouse may be doing this and you are about to divorce, you should know where to start looking.

What happens to a parent who violates a custody order?

Custody orders are in place to protect children and parental rights. They dictate with whom a child will live, whether a parent will have visitation, and who can make legal decisions for a child. They are legal orders with which parents must comply. 

Unfortunately, some parents make mistakes and bad decisions and wind up violating an order. While minor violations may not warrant harsh legal action, there are consequences for violating custody orders.

Want to co-parent? It might be harder than you think.

Divorce can take a toll on every member of a New Jersey family, especially the youngest ones. Kids often experience stress and emotional complications when their parents separate or divorce, and for this reason, many families opt to co-parent. This type of custody arrangement is often beneficial because it provides kids with the opportunity to maintain strong relationships with both parents after a divorce. 

Co-parenting may seem like a good choice for you and your kids. In fact, you may think that this will be an easier custody plan than some of your other options. Before you move forward, it may be helpful to consider the potential difficulties that come with co-parenting. This is not always an easy path, but with a commitment to protecting the best interests of your kids, you can make it work well for every member of your family.

As always, local and national foreclosure updates revealing

The Inman Group recently released findings relevant to both New Jersey and national foreclosures. That organization – an entity that provides the country’s realtors and brokers with broad-based industry information – underscores what is essentially a mixed bag on residential real estate health both locally and spanning the United States.

Here’s an example: Inman reports that. “counter to a national trend,” a sizable minority of states realized a drop in foreclosure activity from December of last year through January 2020. The numbers paint a decidedly mixed picture, marked by some states having clearly evidenced – and seemingly intractable – foreclosure challenges and others digging their way out of protracted housing woes.