Divorce is something that oftentimes reflects the state of our society. Therefore, as times and society change, so will the nature of certain divorces. Below, our experienced New Jersey family law firm compiled a list of some of the most prevalent divorce trends we have observed in 2020. Please read on and reach out to our firm to learn more.
- People are preferring mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques to litigation. This is an interesting trend, especially considering many divorces are more hotly contested than ever in today’s day and age. However, there are still plenty of couples who are capable of resolving their divorces outside of the courtroom setting with an unbiased divorce mediator. Couples choosing to compromise, turning contested divorces into uncontested ones via mediation has been increasingly popular in recent times.
- Child custody is not automatically granted to the mother. This is a significant change in New Jersey law, and family law around the country, for that matter. Though generally, in the past, mothers would be awarded child custody, with more and more women working 40-hour workweeks, child custody is far more likely to go 50/50, unless one parent poses a significant danger to the child in question. Of course, though this is great news for fathers, it makes obtaining child custody all the more difficult for mothers, which is why divorcing mothers must retain the services of an experienced family law attorney.
- People over the age of 50 are getting divorced more than ever. This trend is something that worries many, as oftentimes, couples over the age of 50 have compiled a large number of assets that are now subjected to the equitable distribution process. What’s more, estate plans are also oftentimes significantly affected by these divorces, so you will most likely end up having to speak an experienced estate planning attorney as well
- Social media is the deciding factor in many divorce cases. As we become farther and farther immersed in the age of technology, naturally, divorces are impacted by that technology via social media and otherwise. Oftentimes, terms of child support, alimony and more are decided by posts that contradict one spouse’s claims of needing financial support. Though it is always good to be careful about what you post on social media, this is especially true when you are in the midst of or have recently concluded a divorce.
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