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New Year, New You: Resolutions for those Considering Divorce

You opened your inbox on January 1st and there they were — all of those “New Year, New You!” e-mails. How to stick with that diet plan. How to walk 10,000 steps per day. How to replace bad habits.  But what if your resolution is som ...

Settling Your Divorce: 5 Tips for Successful Settlement Negotiations

Has your divorce been pending for months and you are ready to settle your case? Consider the following tips before you sit down at the conference table with your spouse and the attorneys, although in today’s world, you will likely conduct the meetin ...

Does the Dow Affect the “Marital Pot”?

The value of Dow or S&P 500 on the date of Complaint, or any other date the divorcing couple chose as the end date of the marriage, could have an impact on the division of the marital assets. If your retirement account and/or your joint or individual ...

Is There a Lifetime Alimony Obligation?

An often-repeated statement by a party responsible for paying alimony is that they have a “lifetime” alimony obligation and will be paying alimony for the rest of their lives. There is a misconception that alimony continues for the duration of ...

When Is a Marriage Over? And Why Does It Matter?

In some instances the most vexing question facing a client is not if to get a divorce, but rather, when to commence the formal proceedings. Whether this issue of timing is the result of concern over when to “make it official” or just a matter ...

Grateful for FaceTime: Celebrating Holiday Family Traditions Virtually

Whether it is turkey and stuffing, spinning a dreidel, the lighting of diyas, celebrating Umoja, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there’s always something to look forward to at the holidays. No matter what you celebrate, the holiday season usu ...

ZOOMING TO COURT: What Your Lawyer Wants You to Know and Do

For at least the next few months, attending virtual Court by video is going to continue in New Jersey divorces and other family law cases. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Skype are also available for mediation, arbitration, conferences, depositions, and ...

Calculating Child Support in High Income Divorce Cases

When parents divorce, they frequently disagree about the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid between them, or how to cover the financial cost of raising children in two homes. In families with substantial earnings, the costs are higher ...

Taking the First Step Toward Divorce

Beginning the divorce process is never easy, especially in the current climate of uncertainty and continued isolation. The first call to a divorce attorney may take a lot of courage to make, but it involves a very important first step: acknowledging the p ...

Can I Keep My Home in the Divorce?

Transitions are difficult. Although they represent a new beginning, they also represent a loss. Divorce may be one of the hardest transitions a person will have to face. Divorce means losing family as you knew it, losing part of your assets and income str ...

Can I Be in Therapy During My Divorce?

There is no question that the decision to end your marriage and process of doing so creates stress. In addition, there can be discord after a divorce relating to parenting decisions and support issues which can add to the normal stresses of life. You may ...

The Dog Is Mine? Or Is It?

Relationships, including marriages, sometimes fall apart in an epic manner. Ending your relationship can cause a significant emotional and financial toll, and if either or both of the parties exhibit revenge, the resolution of disputed issues can result i ...

5 Steps for Stepparents

In 2020, families come in all shapes and sizes. Within each generation, there may be multiple combinations of parent/ child relationships that impact how your family functions.   Help your family enjoy each other as much as possible by consideri ...

Are You Stuck with the Court’s Decision?

Helping your family sometimes means asking a Judge to make decisions about child support, alimony, custody or parenting time or some other family law issue. Once you ask, and the Court decides, you may not like the decision or you may believe that the Cou ...

Rich Remarriage and Its Effect on Child Support Obligations

So you got divorced a few years ago and finally dove back into the dating scene. You met a nice guy/gal and things are going well. S/He’s met your teenage children and wedding bells don’t seem too far in the future—that is until your ex ...

When Life Changes, So Should Your Case Information Statement

As your family starts to deal with the changes that come with the financial impact of COVID-19, you and your attorney will have many questions about your personal and business finances. In New Jersey, all courts require financial disclosures on a for ...

The Back to School Dilemma

By Christina Stripp With the start of the school year looming, parents in New Jersey may face a tough decision: should they send children to attend school in person or partake in virtual learning options? During his daily press briefing held on Monday, J ...

Stock Awards: Asset or Income?

By Mary Ann Stokes When a spouse has a compensation package that includes stock awards that vest over time, it is important to determine how the unvested portion of the awards will be treated in the divorce: As an asset or as income when they vest? Criti ...

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