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Alimony, Remarriage, Cohabitation, and Retirement Under New Jersey’s Alimony Reform Act: What’s at Stake?

Introduction While divorce may effectively sever the bonds of matrimony in almost every respect, child support payments and alimony frequently linger as a long-lasting financial connection that binds ex-spouses for years to come. New Jersey’s Alimony Reform Act, passed in September of 2014, and signed into law, has caused many divorced parties to wonder how

“What if my ex-spouse and I seriously disagree post-divorce?” A mediator’s perspective.

Introduction Here in New Jersey, your divorce is finalized by a judge’s gold seal on your Final Judgment of Divorce. After that point, the settlement plans include paying and receiving alimony/child support, distribution of property, as well as your parenting time arrangements. Sometimes, agreements need to be adjusted to meet the real world. Remember, disagreements

According to Shakespeare: “The fault . . . is not in our stars but in ourselves.” According to New Jersey divorce law: “Maybe it was YOUR fault all along!!”

Like most states in the nation, New Jersey adopted a “no-fault” divorce model in the 1970’s, which permits spouses to unilaterally dissolve marriages, without digging up the root causes or detailing the marital dysfunction. Surely, the fault based divorce is not dead, right? Is there not SOME reason to state a fault-based claim against a

With Alimony Reform Law, Garden State Turns Over a New Leaf

Few topics in the field of family law inspire as much heated debate as alimony reform, a phrase that refers to efforts to update the laws in various jurisdictions that entitle financially dependent spouses to post-divorce support payments. Alimony is often one of the final matters to be resolved in a divorce, along with asset

Post-judgment modifications? A no-brainer: Your lawyer ALWAYS goes with you to court.

Let’s face it. The process of divorcing is inherently difficult. Working through all of the child custody and financial issues that need to be resolved is stressful enough, and not something people want to rehash post-divorce. The reality is that in some situations, parties will revisit child custody and child support periodically for post-judgment modification,

Guest Blog Post by Dr. Jennifer Gardella

I filed my own divorce – and here’s why you should not. If you have found your way to this post, first and foremost, I feel your pain. Whether you have been left by your significant other or are the one leaving your marriage, there is a death of a love, of a dream, and

Guest Blog Post by Dr. Jennifer Gardella

I filed my own divorce – and here’s why you should not. If you have found your way to this post, first and foremost, I feel your pain. Whether you have been left by your significant other or are the one leaving your marriage, there is a death of a love, of a dream, and

How do I assure compliance with a divorce settlement or court order?

Resolving child support and spousal support by court order or final settlement can be challenging enough in New Jersey. Divorcing spouses often disagree on their financial rights and responsibilities when it comes to these issues. However, for many divorcing couples, the true challenge begins only after a final judgment is in place. This is because

New Jersey judge orders Sesame Street actor to pay palimony

A controversial family law case involving a “Sesame Street” actor came to an end in New Jersey recently. A judge has ruled that the 71-year-old man must make support payments to his ex-girlfriend of 39 years, even though the couple never entered into a written agreement to that effect. The woman sued her ex for

High-profile case demonstrates alimony modification process

The controversy over alimony law in New Jersey has been ongoing for some time now as advocates for reform continue to argue that the state’s allowance of lifetime alimony is unfair. Lawmakers are being prompted to consider more restrictive legislation, while opponents to suggested reforms say that the current spousal support practices work just fine.

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