When certain similarities are seen throughout multiple divorces in New Jersey, trends can start to arise. When they do, it can be beneficial to be aware of them. This is because anyone who is preparing for a divorce, is currently going through one, or previously went through one can be impacted by these recent trends. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance with your case.
Social Media Impact
The rise in social media has changed many aspects of people’s lives. While it may not seem so, this can even impact divorce proceedings. Social media allows individuals to peer into the lives of others, including a former spouse. It is because of this that individuals may gather information from social media in order to make a case against their former spouse regarding their marital issues. This may be for alimony if the other party retires or begins living with someone else.
Alternatives to Litigation
Many spouses who are going through a divorce today hope to avoid litigation when they do. Instead, they often turn to alternative dispute resolutions. This can be done through mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. These exist in order to allow spouses the opportunity to discuss their marital issues in a productive way so that they can reach agreements amicably. These methods often save time and money as well as reduce the stress of a trial.
More people over the age of 50 are finding themselves in situations of divorce in today’s day and age. These are commonly referred to as “gray divorces.” Individuals who find themselves in these kinds of divorces may be presented with difficulties that are not seen in other divorces. This is because they have fewer years of work ahead of them, making it harder to make up for any financial setbacks they experience as a result of the divorce proceedings. In addition to this, estate matters must be addressed as well. This can include appointing new medical directives and powers of attorney as well as redoing beneficiaries to certain accounts.
Shared Parenting Time
In the past, custody decisions were often influenced by the mother’s situation. However, as two-income families have become more common, so have shared parenting time arrangements. While equal parenting time is most ideal, 50/50 split situations are not always possible unless the former spouses live close to one another.
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