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In awarding counsel fees, the court must consider whether the party requesting the fees is in financial need; whether the party against whom the fees are sought has the ability to pay; the good or bad faith of either party in pursuing or defending the action; the nature and extent of the services rendered; and the reasonableness of the fees

Posted in *All Posts, Child-custody, Child-support, Child-visitation, Counsel Fees, Divorce

Prohibiting the retroactive modification of child support is not implicated when the right to support ends

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In child support matters, the person paying child support and filing a motion for modification must offer sufficient proof as to why he should be relieved of his obligation to not disregard his pre-existing duty to provide support, when making career choices

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Whether a support obligation should be modified based upon a claim of changed circumstances rests within a Family Part judge’s sound discretion

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Our court rules require the referral to mediation of all genuine and substantial issues regarding custody of children or parenting time issues

Posted in *All Posts, Child-custody, Child-visitation, Mediation

Settlement agreements in family matters are contracts, and should be enforced according to the original intent of the parties, to the extent that they are just and equitable

Posted in *All Posts, Child Relocation, Child-custody, Child-support, Divorce, Property-settlement-agreement, Settlement agreement

Absent exigent circumstances, changes in custody should not be ordered without a full plenary hearing

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Mental illness, alone, does not disqualify a parent from raising a child

Posted in *All Posts, Child Abuse, Loss of Parental Rights

A child has an interest in a prompt determination of custody and parenting time disputes

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Calculating the amount of a fee award

Posted in *All Posts, Child Relocation, Child-custody, Child-support, Counsel Fees, Divorce, Domestic-violence

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