Moving on is obviously the ultimate goal for most divorcing spouses in New Jersey. Even after marriages that have lasted decades, it is possible to experience new things, put those memories behind you, and start a new chapter of your life. However, you might want to consider the legal implications of these changes before acting too hastily. This is especially true if your divorce has not yet been concluded. Even if your divorce has been finalized, certain changes in your lifestyle can still pose significant issues.
If you would like to move on with your life after divorce, get in touch with our family law attorneys in New Jersey as soon as possible. During a consultation, you can get legal advice on exactly what to avoid. If certain legal issues have presented themselves, we can help you navigate your way toward a fresh start.
Moving to a Different Residence
At some point, divorcing spouses obviously have to start living under different roofs. In most cases, this means that one spouse keeps the family home, while the other has to find somewhere else to live. Usually, the spouse who retains ownership of the family home is the same spouse who maintains primary physical custody over the children. This is because family courts in New Jersey often believe that keeping children in a familiar environment is in their best interests.
If you find yourself searching for a new residence after a divorce, it might be tempting to start fresh with a completely different neighborhood. Perhaps you wish to move to a different county or even a completely different state. In your view, you may believe that this will not put an unnecessary amount of stress on your children. After all, a few hours’ drive is not a big deal once a week… right?
A judge may think differently. If the physical location between two parents’ residences is too great, a judge may be more likely to keep the children in one residence for a considerable portion of time. In other words, if you move too far away, you may not have equal parenting time.
Changing Your Income
After a divorce, spouses may re-examine their careers. One spouse may decide to retire. However, retirement does not always rid you of your financial obligations to your former spouse. You may still be required to pay child support and alimony, even if you decide to stop working. This is especially true if the court decides that you are fully capable of working for a few more years.
On the other side of the spectrum, spouses who decide to start working again may find that they receive a less substantial amount of child support and alimony. The “paying” spouse may successfully modify these agreements, claiming that the “receiving” spouse is now financially independent enough to live life without as much alimony or child support.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching for an experienced family law attorney, look no further than Giro, LLP, Attorneys at Law. We know that moving on can be difficult after a divorce, even when you put legal matters aside. With our help, you can confidently take your first steps towards a new life while minimizing any potential legal concerns. Book your consultation today.