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.
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.
Legal representation can make a significant difference in ensuring each party in a domestic abuse case, as well as their family members, are protected.
Last year, New Jersey became the second state in the country to ban teenage marriage. Prior to the change, 16- and 17-year-olds could obtain marriage licenses with parental consent.
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...
If you or your co-parent are considering relocating out of state with your children, a recent New Jersey court decision has some valuable lessons. Under New Jersey law, before a custodial parent moves out of state with one or more children, he/she must get the consent of the non-custodial parent.
Effective January 1, 2019, new federal tax laws go into effect which significantly impact alimony. Under long-standing tax law, alimony has been tax deductible for the person paying it and taxable income for the person receiving it.
The traditional litigation process often encourages parties to take a “win-lose” approach to divorce. Every divorce is different, but before pursuing litigation, everyone should consider the benefits mediation can offer.
When filing for divorce, a party must identify the underlying basis, known as a cause of action, to justify why he/she is entitled to a divorce. These causes of action include both “fault” and “no fault” grounds. Historically, the only “no fault” cause of action was...
As painful as divorce is emotionally, the financial aspects can be just as traumatic as the parties face uncertainty regarding their economic situation. Alimony or spousal support is hotly contested in many divorces especially since judges have substantial discretion...