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Appellate Court Asked to Determine When Marriage Ended for Purposes of Dividing Property

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In most divorce cases, there is no need to spend energy determining when a marriage should be considered to have ended; courts simply rely on the date that the parties filed for divorce. In one recent case, a New Jersey Appellate Division was asked to rule that a marriage had ended years before either… Read More »

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For Many, the Financial Implications of Divorce Are About to Change

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Historically, Americans paying alimony to a former spouse have been able to deduct alimony payments from their taxes, often benefitting from a significant tax break depending on the size of the payments and the difference in earnings between the spouses. But starting in 2019, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will eliminate… Read More »

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Child Support Considerations for Parents of Special Needs Children in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Raising a child with special needs can be incredibly rewarding but nevertheless demands a lot of parents—including financially. Raising these children can become even more challenging after a split, when parents’ ability to calmly communicate about their child’s care may have all but vanished, and the costs of the divorce weigh heavily on the… Read More »

Merging Finances with a New Spouse: Five Things to Know

By John B. D'Alessandro |

One of the many questions that soon-to-be-married couples must answer when planning their lives together is how they plan to merge their finances. In an era where most couples are composed of two working spouses, merging finances is not as simple of a task as it once might have been. Having a detailed conversation… Read More »

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Court Allows Ex-Spouse to Terminate Alimony Six Years after Payee Moves in with Partner

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Marital settlement agreements offer divorcing spouses the opportunity to shape their divorce to their own unique needs. In an atypical case shaped by the parties’ marital settlement agreement (MSA), the New Jersey Appellate Division ordered that an alimony payor receive a hearing on whether he should be granted the termination of alimony that he… Read More »

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What Couples are NOT Good Candidates for Mediation?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Mediation can be a great solution for many couples going through a divorce who want to avoid the stress and expense of a divorce trial. But mediation isn’t for every couple going through a split. If you’re facing the end of your marriage and are considering your options for how to call it quits,… Read More »

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New Jersey Passes Law Recognizing Gestational Carrier Agreements

By John B. D'Alessandro |

On May 30, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act, New Jersey senate bill S482.  The law recognizes as enforceable agreements under which a gestational surrogate carries a child to term, and upon the child’s birth custody and parental rights are given to a different parent or… Read More »

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Using a Forensic Accountant for Your Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Dividing assets can be one of the most hotly-contested issues in a New Jersey divorce. Couples can end up mired in long battles over whether a property should be considered separate property, belonging only to one spouse, or marital property subject to equitable division between the spouses. There can also be disagreements over whether… Read More »

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Is It a Good Idea to Switch Attorneys Mid-Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Whether you have the world’s best attorney or a real hack, divorce is often a time-consuming, frustrating process. If you’re finding the divorce process more difficult than you’d imagined it would be, you might be wondering if the problem is your choice of divorce attorney. Read on to learn whether it’s time to consider… Read More »

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Court Rejects Dad’s Attempt to Sanction Mom, Suspending Dad’s Parenting Time

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey Appellate Division has handed down yet another opinion that shows the side effects of wearing down the Family Part judge’s patience by filing an excessive number of actions with the court and failing to comply with the court’s orders. The case in question is titled P.T. v. A.T. The couple at… Read More »

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