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There Is No Magic Moment: What Are You Waiting For?

Reaching the decision to dissolve your marriage is not made overnight but rather as a result of a series of events over a period of time.  Feeling indifferent or emotionally detached is a strong sign that your marriage is over.  Even when one sp ...

Arbitration Saves Time -- and Time Is Money

If your divorce case has dragged on with no settlement in sight and you need a trial to decide the issues for you, how do you bring it to a quick conclusion?   The answer: Hire an Arbitrator. “Wait” you say, “why would I pay an ...

Your Taxes and Your Divorce: What To Do Next

On March 17, 2021, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced its extension of the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The extra time might sound nice but it is ...

Assets Disappeared. Where's the Money?

Very often couples disagree about their finances, particularly when it comes to how their money is spent.  It is also common for one spouse to have total control over the finances during the marriage.  What happens if during the divorce, it is d ...

Recreational Marijuana: Does It Impact My Custody Case?

On February 22, 2021, Governor Murphy signed bills to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in New Jersey. But before you get any half-baked brownies, you should consider whether recreational marijuana use will impact your custody case. To be blun ...

My Spouse Filed for Divorce. What Do I Do Now?

When your spouse files for divorce, you might be surprised, upset, or concerned. You may have questions about whether it is important who filed first, and what you are supposed to do or say in response to the paperwork that you receive. Your first call sh ...

Financial Discovery: Leveling the Playing Field During Divorce

The term “discovery” is used frequently in a divorce action. Discovery is a phase after the Complaint for Divorce has been filed but before trial in which the parties exchange information. During this phase, the parties may also need to work w ...

Divorce Jargon

I will never forget the look on a client’s face when I told him “We need to talk about ED.” I realized immediately that he did not know that, in our family law world, by saying ED, I meant Equitable Distribution. There are many terms tha ...

Does My Spouse Get to Keep All of the Sports Memorabilia?

Imagine selling an old baseball card at a garage sale for a few dollars only to learn that it is worth much more. Sadly, it would be gone, and there would be nothing you could do about it. The same can happen in your divorce. While your most obvious asset ...

Planning to Parent in the Summer of 2021

Have summer plans for the children?  It’s never too soon to start planning. With the latest snow barely melted, it can be hard to imagine that winter will ever end.  But we all know how time flies, and before we know it, warm weather will ...

In Every Divorce The Details Matter

Details matter. This is especially true when the terms of a divorce are memorialized in an agreement or an order. Unfortunately, however, all too often there is reliance on “boiler plate” forms in which important details are sometimes overlook ...

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 ...

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