New Jersey residents may be aware of the international child custody battle that has been going on between 'Gossip Girl" actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch. On May 22, a judge ordered Giersch to return the two children to Rutherford after Rutherford filed an emergency petition claiming that her ex-husband wanted to change the children's citizenship.
Most custody battles are private affairs, but the possible dispute between reality TV parents the Gosselins over custody of one of the couple's daughters likely will be of interest to many people in New Jersey and the rest of the country. The mother, who is the current star of the TLC series "Kate Plus 8," has primary custody of the eight children, but the father and former star of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is reportedly considering an attempt to gain physical custody of one of their daughters, 11-year-old Hannah.
In New Jersey, a prenuptial agreement can help protect a person's assets if the marriage does not work out. However, individuals without a prenuptial agreement still may be able to hold onto their assets even if a marriage dissolves.
Couples in New Jersey and around the world face some unique challenges in the 21st century. While infidelity has always represented a threat to marriage, new technology has changed the way people communicate and relate to each other. As a result, people do not even need to leave their homes in order to meet and develop a relationship with a paramour.
New Jersey parents may be interested in a new study that shows children of divorced parents are less stressed when they spend time living with each parent. The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health published the research on April 27.
Divorce is often expensive, but it can be even more expensive when a couple owes money to the state or federal government for taxes. If one spouse refuses to pay his or her fair share of a tax bill, the other spouse may be on the hook for the amount owed. It is important for New Jersey couples to pay close attention to all aspects of their financial activities in order to avoid serious problems, such as owing large amounts to the IRS, after divorce. In fact, experts estimate that many people are living in ignorance of their spouse's financial "infidelity."
It is not uncommon for individuals to claim social security benefits from their spouse's work history instead of their own if their spouse's benefits are higher or if that person did not work long enough to be eligible for their own benefits. If a couple divorces, a person's ability to claim social security benefits and survivor's benefits on a former partner's work history changes, and in some cases, they may not be able to collect these benefits at all.
Caring for someone who is ill is often time-consuming and expensive, frequently taking a toll on intimate relationships. A recent study now shows that marriages in which a wife becomes seriously ill are at greater risk of divorce than marriages where the husband becomes ill or both spouses remain healthy. Married couples in New Jersey may want to be aware of how a wife's illness can affect a marriage.
Doctors in New Jersey might be less likely to get a divorce than other health care professionals, according to a recent study. Although people tend to think that doctors have higher divorce rates due to the stress and long hours involved in their jobs, the study found that the opposite was true. Less than 25 percent of the doctors surveyed said that they had been divorced, compared to 35 percent of the respondents in non-health care jobs.
A father in New Jersey has been trying to bring his son back to the United States since his ex-wife took him to Paraguay in November 2013. The case has languished due to a number of legal complications regarding jurisdiction and custody.