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Dissatisfaction with family courts causes desire for reform

What are divorcing couples supposed to do when it seems that the odds are stacked against them? A husband whose divorce case lasted more than four years is asking this sort of question and believes that it is time for New Jersey to make reforms to some of its family law statutes. Some groups, such as New Jersey Alimony Reform, agree with this man and are currently working toward reform.

In this man's divorce case, three judges were used, all in the same court: Hunterdon County Superior Court. When it was all said and done, he was ordered to pay permanent alimony to his ex-wife in an amount that equaled his annual gross income. The confusion and stress this probably created likely caused some of his thoughts against the status quo of the system to begin swirling.

In addition to that, the court ordered that fees were to be paid from a 401(k) account and a home equity loan that had not yet been taken out -- the order dictated that the man would take out the loan specifically to make these payments. In order to stop these issues from happening in the future, the man believes that mandatory mediation should go hand-in-hand with a marriage license.

This would mean that each married couple in the state would have to use mediation to go through with their divorce. While mediation is often viewed as a more amicable route, it is certainly not right for all couples that are calling it quits. Many of these people loathe one another and cannot stand to hear each other's names, let alone sit in the same room. Though some would consider required mediation a good idea, others would likely disagree.

If you are planning on getting a divorce, consider asking an attorney the best way to go about it. Legal professionals that specialize in family law also understand the law and can provide good legal advice.

Source: NewsWorks, "Letter: Systemic failure of family courts in New Jersey," John Waldorf, April 10, 2013

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