New Christmas Traditions

It may not be possible to continue all the traditions you cherished as a family, but that does not mean you cannot make new ones. Actively listen to your kid(s) about what is important to them this holiday season and what they would like to do.  Allowing them the safe space to talk to you… Continue reading New Christmas Traditions

Parenting Schedule Stress during the Holidays

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Holidays can be a stressful time, adding child custody disputes on top of it will only make it worse. Even if there is a holiday parenting schedule in place there can still be miscommunications and arguments with where the children are going to spend the holidays. While some holiday schedules alternate holidays every year, others… Continue reading Parenting Schedule Stress during the Holidays

Emancipation in NJ

When dealing with child custody and child support modifications a question of emancipation may rise. There are many different situations in which a child is to be considered emancipated. Emancipation can occur when the child reaches the age of majority (19 years old) without the intention of immediate attendance at college or a trade school.… Continue reading Emancipation in NJ

How to Handle Divorce When You Have a Narcissistic Spouse

A Narcissist is a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves.  Narcissistic spouses tend to be emotionally manipulative and self-absorbed which can lead to a rocky divorce process. Narcissists will attempt to drag out the litigation and often engage in gaslighting and attempt to paint you as the “bad guy”. We… Continue reading How to Handle Divorce When You Have a Narcissistic Spouse

Equitable Does Not Always Mean Equal!

New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. This means that marital property is not always divided equally. Rather, it is divided equitably. Marital property is often made up of property, pensions and retirement plans, savings and checking accounts, jewelry, furniture, vehicles, season sports tickets, vehicles, pets, and many other assets and debts. In accordance with New Jersey’s Equitable Distribution Statute,… Continue reading Equitable Does Not Always Mean Equal!

Does My Spouse’s Affair Come Into Play When Determining Equitable Distribution?

If you’re wondering whether your spouse’s affair affects the way assets are distributed at the end of a marriage, the basic answer is no, seeing as New Jersey is a no-fault state. Thus, one party contributing or even causing the breakdown of the marriage will most likely have no effect on the equitable division of… Continue reading Does My Spouse’s Affair Come Into Play When Determining Equitable Distribution?

How Much Alimony Will You Be Paying?

If your spouse is financially dependent on you during your marriage, you may need to pay alimony after the divorce. The circumstances aren’t always clear. For instance, how long will you be paying alimony and how much alimony? According to N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(b), there are factors that need to be considered in determining alimony allocation. Here… Continue reading How Much Alimony Will You Be Paying?

Problems with False Allegations and Restraining Orders

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When dealing with domestic violence cases, there are circumstances where the defendant is being falsely accused of domestic violence. In this situation there can be a temporary restraining order issued against the defendant which can have devastating effects over the divorce action and/or custody and parenting time with the children. If false allegations are made… Continue reading Problems with False Allegations and Restraining Orders

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Understanding New Federal Tax Law: The Implications and Alimony

With the onset of the new tax law regarding alimony, couples are expected to go through more rigorous processes while seeking a divorce. This practice renders spouses paying for support eligible for a tax deduction, while the one receiving support pays taxes according to their personal income bracket. Law professionals ensure the public that the… Continue reading Understanding New Federal Tax Law: The Implications and Alimony