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Divorce, Custody, and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering a divorce, or are pregnant and no longer together with your child’s father, you may wonder if you can take any steps about custody during your pregnancy.

An unborn child is not a legal person under the law in New Jersey. Custody cannot be filed for or determined until the child is born. The short answer is you can’t actually file for custody during your pregnancy, but despite this there are some things you can do to lay the groundwork.

  • Try to talk to the father. The best case scenario for your child is two parents who are able to co-parent together cooperatively. You don’t have to be in love, but you do need to be able to communicate with each other. Obviously you have differences if you are no longer together, but if you can find a way to start cooperating with each other now, it will make the rest of your lives so much easier.
  • Keep records. Has the father ever come to a prenatal appointment? Has he bought anything for the baby? Has he been willing to discuss names with you? Fathers who are involved in pregnancies tend to be involved with their babies. Start keeping track of his involvement now so that you can show an ongoing track record to the court if there is a conflict later.
  • Create a budget. Your household expenses are going to change once your baby arrives and if you are seeking alimony or child support, you will need to provide a budget to the court as part of your case. Research how much it is really going to cost you to raise your baby.

When you need a law firm that listens and stands up for you, turn to DeTorres & DeGeorge. Make an appointment today.

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

Rosanne S. DeTorres
Ms. DeTorres is the managing partner and co-founder of DeTorres & DeGeorge Family Law. She is also only one of 150 attorneys in the State of NJ that is certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Ms. DeTorres graduated...
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