What is Equitable Distribution and What Does It Have To Do With Your Divorce?

Equitable distribution describes the process that the court uses to fairly distribute all of the things that have been acquired during a marriage. Things are defined in many different terms and can be assets, debt, personal property and any other qualitative items obtained by the parties or one of them, from the date of the marriage, to the … More What is Equitable Distribution and What Does It Have To Do With Your Divorce?

Child Support Can Be Retroactive To Filing of Complaint for Divorce

In a recent decision coming out of Ocean County, http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/trial_court_opinions/Kakstys-v-Stevens.pdf, Judge Lawrence Jones opined that the request for child support can be retroactive to the filing of the divorce complaint.  The question posed in the Ocean County divorce case was whether the court could set a child support obligation only as far back as the … More Child Support Can Be Retroactive To Filing of Complaint for Divorce

Getting and Keeping Control to Better Prepare for Your Divorce and Life Thereafter

A well written article suggests there are 7 steps that you need to follow so you can control your life.  http://greatist.com/grow/what-you-can-control-for-happiness-success?utm_content=buffer2e0cd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  the title of the article, The Only 7 Things you Can Control in Life is a little misleading.  Putting that aside, it’s an interesting article and well worth the read. If you haven’t experienced a divorce, you … More Getting and Keeping Control to Better Prepare for Your Divorce and Life Thereafter

JUST HOW DOES ONE GET PERMANENT ALIMONY IN NEW JERSEY?

The person that told you that 13 was an unlucky number was wrong – because in the recent case of Gnall v. Gnall, the court said that in order to award someone permanent alimony, the court had to consider the 13 objective standards already defined by the legislature in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(b).  (And we are excluding … More JUST HOW DOES ONE GET PERMANENT ALIMONY IN NEW JERSEY?

DID YOU HEAR THAT THE CHEATERS GOT CHEATED?

Imagine your desire to cheat on your spouse so great that you resort to joining Ashley Madison’s website, where you pay to meet other married people to have an affair with.  Imagine even further that the people you are planning  a tryst with, aren’t even real people.  http://abovethelaw.com/2013/11/ashley-madison-should-take-better-care-of-the-females-it-hires-to-trick-you/. Well, according to Above the Law, their … More DID YOU HEAR THAT THE CHEATERS GOT CHEATED?

NEW GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND CAN MEET KIDS – SAYS WHO???

In another thoughtful decision by Judge Larry Jones in Ocean County, he ruled in Mantle v. Mantle that a prohibition that the children were not to be introduced to significant others after the parties divorce was not in the children’s best interests and therefore, the ban previously agreed upon between the parties would not be … More NEW GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND CAN MEET KIDS – SAYS WHO???

FIGURING OUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ALIMONY IS NOT AN EASY TASK

On July 29, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that trial judges handling divorce cases in which alimony is sought must consider all thirteen (13) statutory factors in determining what type of alimony is to be awarded: permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony, limited duration alimony, and reimbursement alimony.  The initial decision in the case of … More FIGURING OUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ALIMONY IS NOT AN EASY TASK

NJ BILL TO TERMINATE CHILD SUPPORT AT AGE 19 PASSES THE SENATE

Last week in New Jersey, the Senate voted in favor of bill S-1046.  This bill would terminate child support when the child or children reach 19 years of age.  Under the current law, a child is entitled to support from their parents until the child is emancipated.  The term emancipation is defined by court order, judgment or … More NJ BILL TO TERMINATE CHILD SUPPORT AT AGE 19 PASSES THE SENATE

ATTENTION CHEATING HUSBAND AND WIVES!!!!

Ashley Madison, an online website aimed at helping millions of married people cheat, has recently been hacked.  The hackers have threatened to release the personal information of millions of customers.   It has threatened to release names, addresses, profiles of secret sexual fantasies, sexual preferences and records of financial transactions if the website will not shut down.   If this data is … More ATTENTION CHEATING HUSBAND AND WIVES!!!!

FACEBOOK FOR SERVICE? IS THIS DUE PROCESS?

A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge recently ruled that a woman, wanting to file for divorce from her missing husband, could serve him with the divorce papers through his Facebook account.  Strange?  Apparently not to the courts, because a Judge in Staten Island also recently allowed a petitioner to serve a spouse through Facebook but also … More FACEBOOK FOR SERVICE? IS THIS DUE PROCESS?