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Impacts of Divorce in Immigration and Naturalization

Divorce & Conditional Resident Status When an immigrant applies for permanent residence “green card” based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen, the immigrant is first granted a “conditional permanent residence” until the couple has been married for two years. Conditional permanent resident status lasts for a period of two years. Within ninety (90) days Read More

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MUNICIPAL COURT DEFENSE – REFUSAL TO TAKE ALCOTEST

A driver in New Jersey who refuses to take an Alcotest will receive a Summons for this refusal, and a Summons for Driving While Intoxicated.  Another Summons for a driving violation that identifies the probable cause to stop the driver will also be issued. Any person who operates a motor vehicle in New Jersey is Read More

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Spousal Support/Alimony

In New Jersey the law governing spousal support changed in 2014 with the Amendment of the Alimony Act. A shift in the law and subsequent cases more nearly equalizes the rights of divorcing spouses to both be able to live the former marital lifestyle and if it is not possible, both spouses will have to Read More

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Divorced Parents’ Obligation To Pay For College Costs And Support For Their Children

In the State of New Jersey, divorced parents can be responsible for the costs of their children’s college.  In addition to college costs, such as tuition, books, and application fees, child support may still be ordered for other items that are not directly college costs. Once a child goes away to college, the New Jersey Read More

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Marriage/Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions/Cohabitation/Palimony

ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENTS FOR COUPLES Solemnizing a relationship ensures legal rights for the parties. It offers protections and privileges that a committed couple can provide for each other. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional and same sex couples can legally marry anywhere in the United States Read More

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The Law Concerning Fathers Rights When the Child is Not Yet Born

A FATHERS INFLUENCE HAS LIFELONG EFFECTS ON HIS CHILDREN. FATHERS ARE CONCERNED CAPABLE PARENTS AND MUST HAVE ADEQUATE CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME. It is the father’s right to enjoy his children and it is his responsibility to provide guidance and attention to them. Child support is more than money payments, which alone do not meet Read More

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Mediating the Divorce

The New Jersey Court Rules require that parties to a divorce be advised of the option to use mediation to resolve their divorce. Mediation can be done with both parties acting pro se or being unrepresented by counsel with the mediator assisting the participants to discuss their concerns and arrive at an agreement. Divorcing couples Read More

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Fathers’ Rights in New Jersey

We represent both mother and father zealously in custody/parenting situations. The law in New Jersey is extremely favorable to dads – not a single aspect of the law is gender biased. The goal in a custody case is to achieve what is in the best interest of the child or children in the particular family. Read More

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The Alimony Debate

Alimony is financial support paid to a spouse when there is a divorce. It is not paid in all divorce cases. The general economic purpose of alimony is to prevent dependence on welfare benefits and to ensure that a spouse with significantly less income can maintain a reasonable standard of living. When a marriage ends Read More

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Protecting Client’s Rights

The law is gender neutral and based on legislative and social policies. Representing a client well is a balance of skill and knowledge to use the facts and the law together to achieve an equitable result. Sometimes the client expects for a lawyer to tell them what they want to hear and expects the Judge Read More

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