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Court Rejects Attempt to Move Child to a New School District

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Deciding where a child should go to school can be a challenge even for couples who are still married. Making this decision can quickly become an issue requiring court intervention when the child’s parents are divorced. In a recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division, J.E. v. J.E., the judges considered a father’s… Read More »

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New Jersey Judge Approves of Service over Facebook

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Locating and serving a defendant with a lawsuit can be one of the most challenging aspects of certain family law cases. Often, parties have moved without providing a forwarding address or contact information, leaving co-parents or former partners without a way to present them with an official copy of a summons and complaint, alerting… Read More »

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Keep Your Divorce Kid-Centered with These Six Tips

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce isn’t easy on parents, but it can have life-long and negative emotional effects for children if handled poorly. Read on for some suggested ways to center a divorce on the well-being of your kids, and speak with an experienced New Jersey family law attorney with any additional questions about divorce in New Jersey…. Read More »

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Judge Caps Parenting Time to Preserve the Peace

By John B. D'Alessandro |

A recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division asked the judges to consider whether a father should have a right of first refusal to provide care for his children when their mother was unavailable to provide care. The court concluded that the father had no such right and that increasing his parenting time… Read More »

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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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