Know Your Rights – Divorce & Child Custody
This general information is related to domestic violence and the legal system. It does not provide specific advice for your individual circumstances, and it is not a substitute for attorney counseling or representation. If you would like more information, or have specific legal questions, please contact the NJCEDV Staff Attorney at (609) 584-8107.
Domestic Violence and Divorce
Divorce can be a difficult time in anyone’s life. With domestic violence, it can be even more complicated. Use the information below as a resource, but remember to consult with an attorney or a program to help see you through the process.
How do I go about filing for a divorce?
What can I expect from a divorce settlement? What are my financial rights?
Custody, Visitation and Child Support
The safety of your children is naturally a great concern, particularly as you prepare to leave an abusive relationship. It’s important to know your rights under NJ law.
What can I expect if I initiate a custody case?
How will this change if I decide to leave the state?
What kind of visitation rights will my abuser be entitled to regarding our children?
How will his visitation rights change if I am out of state?
What can I expect in terms of child support?
Domestic Violence Related Medical Expenses
You can incur significant medical expenses while in an abusive relationship. Here are some ways you can get assistance.