Recent Posts in Divorce Category

  • Is Your Divorce Stressing Out Your Child?

    One of the biggest concerns for couples going through a divorce is the impact it may or may not have on the children. It can be difficult to provide stability and unity in the face of something as emotional and life-changing as a divorce. If you and your spouse are separating, paying attention to your child’s needs and actions is vital when helping them cope with the change. Our Monmouth County ...
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  • How is Temporary Child Support Determined?

    Divorce can be a fairly long process, and can put many aspects of your life on pause. One thing that cannot be paused, however, is the care of your children. As a result, courts will frequently issue a temporary child support order requiring one parent to pay child support to the other until the divorce is finalized. How is Temporary Child Support Calculated? Just as with standard child support ...
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  • Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

    For anyone who is going through a divorce , the process can be emotionally trying, to say the least. As a result, many people engage in behavior which could potentially harm them in the long run, or fail to take proper steps to protect themselves and their property. At The Law Offices of O’Toole & Gunteski, our experienced Monmouth County divorce lawyers can help you understand the fine details of ...
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  • Can I Move with My Children After Divorce?

    Once you have finally wrapped your divorce , it may seem too overwhelming, frustrating, or even annoying to step back into the courtroom for years to come. However, if you decide to make a move with your children, this may be exactly where you find yourself without taking the proper legal steps. First, it is important to identify your reasons for moving. Are you just trying to find a fresh start ...
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  • Planning Your High Net Worth Divorce

    When one or both spouses have a significant amount of wealth, it is typically seen as a high net worth divorce. There is no denying that high net worth divorces often bring more complications than regular divorces. Whether contested or not, you will need to ensure that all property is properly identified and distributed through the divorce. It is crucial that you plan ahead for your divorce to ...
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  • Tips to Win a Child Custody Battle

    Whether you are going through a divorce or a complex separation, when you have children, child custody will likely be the most heated issue you face. While you and the other parent may try to come upon an agreement regarding child custody, in many cases, it is simply not possible. From disagreements on physical or legal custody to different views on visitation time , finding a mutual solution ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Prepare for Divorce

    Moving forward with a divorce is often one of the most emotionally trying times a person can face, and it is hard to know just what to do. A divorce is a major life altering process and it helps to enter the process with a clear head. Knowing how to be best prepared for the divorce process can reduce stress, help you make effective decisions, and help you limit potentially negative consequences. ...
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