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Alimony Still Payable where Spouse Not Legally Married (but Maybe Not for Long)

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In a recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division, the judges technically ruled against a spouse who sought to terminate an alimony obligation where the other spouse had remarried in every sense but the legal one. However, the court’s opinion offered helpful suggestions on how the paying spouse might nevertheless terminate her alimony… Read More »

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Appellate Division Refuses to Require “Reunification Therapy” Without Sufficient Cause

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey family courts emphasize the importance of maintaining regular contact between parents and children and will not impose conditions that would interfere with visitation unless there is evidence that they are necessary for the child’s well-being. In a recently-issued decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division, the judges considered whether to impose conditions… Read More »

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The “Gray Divorce,” and What You Need to Know

By John B. D'Alessandro |

While divorce rates across all populations are on the decline, divorces among couples over age 50 have continued to rise. Below, learn about the reasons why more older Americans are considering divorce at more advanced ages, and find out what you need to know if you’re considering divorce in your later years. Why are… Read More »

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Court Upholds Judgment of Divorce Reached after Spouse Failed to Respond to Documents

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces are uniquely personal forms of litigation. Rarely do we subject such personal matters as the success or failure of our most intimate relationships to public scrutiny, and doing so can be painful. Along these lines, some parties to a divorce may feel tempted to ignore or avoid dealing with the divorce case, due… Read More »

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Court Permits Consideration of Revised Statute in Alimony Recalculation

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently considered an alimony recipient’s appeal of a request to modify an obligation to pay alimony. Despite the fact that the duty to pay support existed prior to the changes in New Jersey’s alimony laws, the court found that using the revised statute in considering the request was appropriate…. Read More »

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Five Tips on Separating from a Spouse

By John B. D'Alessandro |

If you’ve recently made the decision to separate from a spouse, now is the time to establish the tone of your separation. Separating from your husband or wife does not have to be highly acrimonious or unhealthy, provided that you establish clear ground rules for the separation and maintain a respectful attitude toward your… Read More »

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Court’s Determination of Imputed Income Stands where Spouse Refuses to Supply Information

By John B. D'Alessandro |

A recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division is an example of the tools available to parties to a divorce where their spouse has obstructed the court’s attempt to determine their income and assets. Spouse fails to turn over complete and honest financial records In the case titled Brandspiegel-Arbely v. Arbely, the couple… Read More »

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Emancipated Child Not Entitled to Tuition Support

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey has long afforded children the right to financial support from their parents in their pursuit of a higher education, but that right is not without its limits. In a recent published (i.e., precedential) decision, the Appellate Division of New Jersey considered whether a child who had left home should be considered emancipated… Read More »

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Considering Adopting a Child? Four Aspects of Adoption You May Not Know

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Many happy families are formed through adoption, whether that adoption is from a birth mother directly, from an overseas orphanage, through foster care, or otherwise. While the adoption experience can have wonderful results, adoptions do not come without challenges that parents should consider as they begin the process of adoption. Read on to learn… Read More »

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New Statistics Show the State of Divorce in the US

By John B. D'Alessandro |

A university has recently released a report detailing interesting statistics on the rates of divorces across the US, as well as statistics describing the demographic groups getting divorced most often. The study revealed some unexpected findings regarding divorce rates in the US. Since 1970, Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family & Marriage… Read More »

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