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Can I Renegotiate a Prenup Mid-Marriage?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Most people know about prenuptial agreements: contracts that engaged parties enter before a marriage, meant to set rules on the division of property and spousal support in the worst-case event of a divorce. Fewer people are aware, however, that there are options for modifying such arrangements after a marriage has already begun. Prenuptial agreements… Read More »

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Financial Considerations for Coronavirus-Era Divorces

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the daily lives of Americans and people across the globe. Unfortunately, the world does not simply stop when a pandemic arises. Familial and relationship issues progress, for better or worse. For people who were considering divorce or already in the process of a divorce when the shut-in… Read More »

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New Jersey Residents May Now Secure Uncontested Divorce Judgment Without Court Appearance

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey court system has been working to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by allowing easier access to certain court procedures without requiring in-person court appearances. The court system has, for example, removed the “undue hardship” requirement for pleading by mail to certain infractions and misdemeanors. In the family court arena, the… Read More »

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Common Child Custody and Visitation Mistakes

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces can take their toll on your emotions, your relationships, your finances, and your patience. If you share kids with your current or former spouse, it is important to keep a level head and act appropriately to ensure that your parental rights are protected. Below, we discuss a few of the common mistakes people… Read More »

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Court Rules Couple’s Agreement to Support Adult Children Unenforceable

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Marriages and parenting involve taking on a lot of responsibility and obligation. Not all of these obligations are legally imposed. Parties can use premarital agreements and other contracts to enforce specific additional requirements on one another, but there are limits. A court recently considered whether a parent’s agreement to continue paying rent for his… Read More »

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New Jersey Appellate Court Clarifies When Party is Disabled for Alimony and Child Support

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently discussed how to evaluate the income of a party who has been officially deemed disabled, including whether to impute any income. The decision is unpublished, meaning it does not count as precedent, but it provides a useful illustration as to how New Jersey courts calculate income for the purposes… Read More »

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Applying New Jersey’s Amended Alimony Statute to Early Retirement in Settlements Entered Before Statute was Amended

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In 2014, New Jersey amended its alimony statute. Among other provisions, the amendment addressed whether a party who owes alimony can choose to retire before reaching full retirement age and if they choose to do so, whether they can stop paying alimony at that time. A New Jersey court recently had occasion to determine… Read More »


Do Two Months of Overnight Stays Count as Cohabitation in New Jersey?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

We have talked before about how an alimony recipient’s cohabitation with a new partner can be a grounds for ending support obligations in New Jersey. Cohabitation can be a tricky thing to prove, however. It is certainly broader than remarriage and may reach more than couples who are living together full-time. Read on to… Read More »

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When Will a New Jersey Court Override a Premarital Agreement?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Premarital agreements are meant to be binding contracts on a marrying couple. They can be used to establish a variety of financial rights and obligations in advance of marriage that will apply in the event of a divorce, including spousal support, the division of marital property, life insurance benefits, and other issues. New Jersey… Read More »

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Child Custody and Visitation During Coronavirus Lockdown

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a stay-at-home order directing residents to stay in their homes in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Neighboring New York has more coronavirus cases than any other state (and any country outside the United States!), making the situation for east coast residents all the more… Read More »

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