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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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Party to Settlement Agreement May Be Released under Very Limited Circumstances

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently considered a case where a mother claimed that her son had a disability which prevented him from being considered emancipated and entitled him to ongoing child support, despite the parents’ agreement that their children would be considered emancipated if not in college after they turned 18. The court… Read More »

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Judge Penalizes Spouse for Failure to Attend Early Settlement Panel

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In a recent decision by a New Jersey Family Part judge, a spouse faced serious consequences for failing to attend a mandatory settlement conference, despite being offered repeated chances to respond and participate. In the case in question, titled Swift v. Swift, the couple had been married for nearly seven years when the husband… Read More »

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Wife Who Destroyed Family Photos Sanctioned by Court

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In a recently published decision by Family Part Judge Lawrence Jones, a wife was sanctioned by the judge for her destruction of the videos and photographs the couple had taken over the course of a 25-year-long marriage. The case, titled C.S. v. B.S., centered on a couple who had divorced in February of 2016… Read More »

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Proving the Income of a Self-Employed Spouse in a Divorce or Custody Determination

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The amount of income of your spouse or co-parent has wide-ranging significance in your divorce or child  custody dispute. The amount of both your and your spouse’s income will affect whether you’re entitled to spousal support and in what amount, how your and your spouse’s assets will be divided, and the amount of child… Read More »

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New Jersey Supreme Court Finds Spouse is Entitled to Portion of Pre-Marital Earnings

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In a opinion recently issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court, the justices concluded that principles of fairness required that a spouse receive a portion of her spouse’s earnings from before the couple’s marriage, contrary to the New Jersey law governing how marital property is divided (i.e., equitable distribution). The recently-decided case is titled… Read More »

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