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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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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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What Happens to Gifts or Loans if the Couple Does Not Get Married?

Traditionally, when a man proposes marriage, he gives his fiancé an engagement ring. This ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage. It is not the same as other jewelry which are gifts that may be given in a dating relationship but does not carry with it the commitment to marry. If the couple breaks 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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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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Divided High Court Weighs in on Cohabitation Issue in New Jersey Alimony Cases – Quinn v. Quinn

The issue of cohabitation can be a tricky one for divorcing spouses in New Jersey. State law currently allows one former spouse to ask a court to terminate his or her obligation to pay alimony to the other spouse if that person cohabits with another person. In other words, the money may stop if the Read More

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Child Support for College Kids in New Jersey – Avelino-Catabran v. Catabran

When a couple with kids decides to divorce, they often consider how they might pay for their children’s potential college costs down the road. In New Jersey, a parent’s responsibility to pay child support and college expenses past the child’s 18th birthday is standard. However, As New Jersey’s Superior Court recently explained, the law requires Read More

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Dividing up Bonus Money in New Jersey Divorce Cases – Fleming v. Fleming

New Jersey divorce cases often raise complicated issues about how to divide property and calculate income. The Superior Court recently handled.  The Court was called on to decide whether certain payments one spouse received from his employer after a divorce should count as bonus money to be shared with his ex-wife under the terms of a Read More

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Divorce and Retirement

Divorce after retirement requires application of the same statutory factors concerning equitable distribution and support, but with emphasis on issues relevant to those who have needs that differ from working families and families with young children. Older people who are already receiving retirement pensions at the time they divorce will have to address the division Read More

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