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What’s In a Name? Calling an Asset “Marital” Will Not Make It So

By John B. D'Alessandro |

During a divorce, spouses will negotiate an equitable division of their marital assets. If a spouse has property from before the union, it won’t be included in this division. At first glance, determining whether an asset is separate or marital seems simple. If the spouse bought it prior to the marriage or by using… Read More »

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The Location of a Court Hearing on Custody after One Parent Moves

By John B. D'Alessandro |

After a divorce with children, relocating to a new state will often require a court’s consent. When relocation is permitted, parents who continue to share legal and residential custody of their children may have future disputes over custody or support. Before these issues are resolved, courts must first determine whether the dispute should be… Read More »

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Four Tips on Becoming a Stepparent to Teens

By John B. D'Alessandro |

After a difficult divorce, it can be wonderful to find a partner you love and trust and with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. You may have a great deal more wisdom borne of experience than you did when you entered your first marriage. For one thing, you may have… Read More »

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What Happens when One Spouse Doesn’t Want a Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Even in circumstances where both spouses agree on the need for a divorce, obtaining a divorce can be an expensive and drawn-out process. Where one spouse does not want to end the marriage, a split can become even more complex and time-consuming. If you are planning to file for divorce but believe your spouse… Read More »

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New Jersey Supreme Court Revisits Rules on Allowing Primary Custodial Parent to Move with Children Out of State

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In April of last year, we described the Appellate Court’s decision in a case titled Taormina-Bisbing v. Bisbing. This case dealt with the standard that courts should use when determining whether to allow the primary custodial parent to relocate out of state with the couple’s children. After the Appellate Division ruled on the case,… Read More »

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Consider Your Options when It Comes to Sharing Parenting Time and Creating Visitation Arrangements

By John B. D'Alessandro |

There is no one-size-fits-all custody arrangement and visitation schedule that works for every family. During settlement negotiations or a trial for divorce, each family must arrive at the arrangement that works for them and, most importantly, promotes the best interests of the children involved. It’s important to know about the many options that parents… Read More »

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Four Ways to Make Your Child Feel at Home while Sharing Custody

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Despite the stressors involved, New Jersey family judges and divorcing parents often determine that doing what’s best for the kids will involve the children regularly moving from one parent’s home to the other. While there are some inherent challenges for kids who must move between houses on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, there are… Read More »

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Court Finds Alimony-Paying Ex’s Job Hunt Half-Hearted

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In a decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court has ruled that an alimony-paying husband could not obtain a modification of his duty to pay alimony based on changed circumstances, where the husband was not sufficiently proactive in attempting to improve those changed circumstances. The case was titled Beden v. Beden. The… Read More »

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Don’t Make These Common Mistakes when Seeking Modifications of Your Child Custody Arrangement

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Finding the right arrangement for sharing custody with your former spouse isn’t always easy. When work schedules change, you or your spouse moves to a new location, or your child’s after-school activities change, you may need to renegotiate how your time with your child is shared. While New Jersey courts frequently consider applications to… Read More »

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Transgender Child Wins Right to Change Name

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey family courts are often tasked with ruling on issues that are at the center of cultural controversy—gay marriage, surrogacy issues, and now, transgender rights. In a recent decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court has ruled that a transgender child may change his legal name against the wishes of his… Read More »

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