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Category: Divorce

There is More to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Besides the Changes to the Deductibility of Alimony

Many couples made it a priority to settle their divorce cases prior to December 31, 2018 to protect the paying spouse’s ability to deduct alimony which changed effective January 1, 2019 as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (hereafter the “Act”).  While this was certainly the most widely known change […]

Why You Should Consider Owning a Life Insurance Policy on Your Former Spouse

When divorcing, it is common practice for parties to secure their alimony and/or child support obligations by agreeing to carry a certain amount of life insurance. Problems can occur, however, when one spouse does not maintain the life insurance policy and does not disclose that he/she has allowed the life insurance policy to lapse.

I Think My Ex-Spouse Is Cohabiting. Can I Stop Paying Alimony?

Under New Jersey law, one of the circumstances which can suspend or terminate the obligation to pay alimony is if your former spouse cohabits with another person. However, if your ex-spouse is trying to hide his/her relationship, you need to be careful in how you react. You should take several steps to help you determine […]

Proposed Expansion of New Jersey Domestic Violence Law to Cover Attempted Acts

In 2018, the New Jersey legislature introduced a bill expanding the domestic violence law to include the attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the predicate domestic violence acts already enumerated in the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. The proposed change is an important provision that is intended to clarify the scope of the law in New Jersey.

Can You Get a Divorce and Resolve Financial Issues Later?

Couples may want this type of divorce because they can change their marital status without waiting for their financial issues to be sorted out which could take months or years. However, many states prohibit or significantly limit bifurcation including New Jersey.

How Are My Contributions to the Marriage Used in Determining Alimony?

Alimony is a sensitive and stressful issue with both sides often disputing what may be owed under the law. For spouses who may have limited education or job skills, or who left the workforce to raise children, it can be particularly difficult. They don’t want to be penalized because they made less money during the […]

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