Blog Posts in 2014

  • Four Christmases

    Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon do a terrific job portraying the struggles of divorced families during the holiday season in the movie Four Christmases. However, it's often not as comical as it seems, especially for young children attempting to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year while coping with the realization that they no longer have both parents under one roof. It is important to ...
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  • Litigated Divorce

    This is the last of the series discussing alternatives to dispute resolution in divorce. First, we discussed mediation and second we discussed collaborative divorce . This blog focuses on litigated divorce. "Litigation" is a legal term meaning 'carrying out a lawsuit.' The detailed litigation process is the subject of another article which can be found on the blog at www.jerseyshorefamilylaw.com. ...
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  • Collaborative Divorce

    Last week we began a series discussing different methods of resolving the dissolution of marriage. First we discussed mediation , now we are going to look into the collaborative divorce process. During a collaborative divorce process both you and your spouse hire an experienced Collaborative Lawyer. Collaborative divorce occurs when a couple agrees to work out a divorce settlement without going to ...
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  • Mediation - Collaborative Law- Litigation - What does it all mean?

    If you find yourself considering a divorce , you are most likely seeking to optimize the end result for you and your family. There are several options available when considering how to proceed with a divorce. There are three general approaches to resolving the dissolution of your marriage and the terms of your final Judgment of Divorce. It is recommended that you discuss with an experienced ...
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  • Parent's Obligated to Pay College Tuition for Children

    Last month, a teenager filed a motion to intervene in her parent's divorce asking the court to order them to contribute to her college tuition costs. The teen was estranged from her parents and was living with her grandparents. Her parents both agreed they would not help her pay for her college education unless she attended a New Jersey State school and attempted to mend their relationships. The ...
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  • Custody Neutral Assessment (CNA)

    A custody neutral assessment is a program run by the court resource center and the family division to help parties come to a resolution on child custody and visitation , particularly in high conflict cases. Upon referral to a CNA, cases may be resolved by parties coming to an agreement or by a mental health professional performing an evaluation and providing recommendations. A psychosocial ...
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  • New Jersey Divorce Litigation Steps - A General Overview

    Step 1— The initial preparation and filing of Complaint for Divorce The first step in litigating your divorce is the preparation and filing of a pleading known as the Complaint for Divorce. The filing of a complaint for divorce is a request for the court to grant a judgment of divorce, and usually includes the "grounds" for the divorce and a "wherefore" clause. The "grounds" for divorce is ...
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  • The New Jersey Collaborative Family Law Act

    By now, many of us have heard of the new alimony law, which was signed by Governor Christie on September 10 th . In addition to this law, Governor Christie also executed the New Jersey Collaborative Family Law Act. The law allows parties to use a voluntary and non-adversarial collaborative process to resolve family law disputes. Collaborative law is defined in the act as a dispute resolution ...
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  • No More Permanent Alimony In NJ

    Alimony reform has finally come to New Jersey. The Governor of New Jersey has effectuated an overhaul of New Jersey alimony law. Below are what we believe to be some of the major highlights of the law. Some major components of the bill include: The elimination of the term permanent alimony and establishes open durational alimony The establishment of limitations on alimony terms based on the length ...
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  • Alimony Reform

    Alimony reform has come to New Jersey. Governor Christie has executed a bill overhauling alimony in New Jersey. The law does, at least in part, answer questions as to when or if permanent or "indefinite" alimony may be awarded. Often times, litigants who have been married 10 to 20 years didn't know whether they were entitled to or obligated to pay "permanent" alimony. The new law answers that ...
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  • Finding the Right Attorney for Your Case

    When faced with a life altering situation, it is imperative to consult with a highly qualified professional. When an individual is confronted with medical issues whether they be the common cold or cancer, they consult with a trusted medical professional. For the common cold or flu they may simply set up an appointment with their general practitioner as they trust their judgment and expertise. On ...
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  • Marital vs. Separate Property in New Jersey

    One of the most contentious steps of a divorce can be the distribution of property . Being informed of how New Jersey state law treats the assets of a couple undergoing a divorce can be invaluable to you and your family. Our qualified New Jersey divorce lawyers can apprise you of the details involved and guide you through the process. Separate Property in New Jersey Separate property are assets ...
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  • Can I Modify My Court Orders in NJ?

    Things change. Financial conditions fluctuate. Health crises arise. There are many situations that you can now find yourself in that were unanticipated at the time of your divorce decree. All of these experiences and many more can create the need for you to modify your existing court orders. Our New Jersey Divorce Attorneys Can Help Talk is cheap initially, but can cost you a pretty penny later. ...
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