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Parental Alienation

Parental alienation usually occurs with separation or divorce and is a change from the previous relationship. One parent brainwashes the child about the other parent, and the child demonstrates identifiable behaviors. The alienating parent may say the child is just not comfortable with the other parent and give no substantial reason for it. The child Read More

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Unused Vacation Time – Marital Assets

Marital assets are property acquired during the marriage which is subject to equitable distribution. A house, a business, stock options or a pension acquired during the marriage is marital property and will be equitably divided in a divorce. A spouse’s employer may provide an enforceable right to terminal leave and other benefits. This can consist Read More

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Moving Out of State with a Minor Child After Divorce

Many divorced spouses who have a minor child remain in close proximity to one another post-divorce to ensure continuing access and support for that child. However, circumstances may change, necessitating the need for a parent to relocate out of state or country. If both parties consent to the relocation then there is no need for Read More

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No Compromise Equals Collateral Damage

During a divorce, parties need a plan to live by until the divorce is finalized. Each family has its own issues to be faced in the interim period between when a divorce is filed and the final divorce. The final divorce can be months or years later. If the parties are unable to work out Read More

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Retirement and Alimony

After a long term marriage, when divorce occurs when people are older and getting to the time of retirement, the issues of alimony and equitable distribution require planning for retirement. If someone is getting divorced at age 55 who is married for 25 years but can retire at 67, the alimony may stop at retirement. Read More

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Worker’s Compensation Protects Injured Employees

The State of New Jersey requires employers to carry Worker’s Compensation insurance. When a personal injury is caused to an employee due to an accident arising out of the course of his or her employment, the employer is required to provide compensation. The worker does not have to be a United States citizen to receive Read More

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Driving While Intoxicated

In order for a police officer to stop a vehicle, he has to have a reason for it or probable cause. There always has to be something that draws the officer’s attention. The driver can be weaving on the road, or it can be something like a light on the car that is out. Once Read More

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Emotional Support for Family Matters

A family lawyer’s work as a “Counselor at Law” may involve some limited family and marriage counseling related to the legal advice being provided. However, the lawyer does not provide psychological or family therapy. Professional marriage and family therapy services can include both pre-marital, pre and post-divorce counseling, therapy and family therapy. Trained licensed therapists, Read More

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Divorce and Taxes

When parties divorce, their Property Settlement Agreement must address issues related to taxes. This includes Agreements on dependency deductions, how to file and when the parties no longer will file a joint tax return. There are tax implications to the distribution of retirement investments and savings, alimony, deferred pension benefits and other matters which should Read More

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Fraud and the PSA

When parties get divorced, usually neither party is totally satisfied. The goal in formulating an agreement is to have an end result that is fair under the law. A lot of work can go into a Property Settlement Agreement (PSA), also known as a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), because it is the framework by which Read More

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