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Life Insurance and Alimony in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Life insurance often becomes a contested issue in New Jersey divorces. It can feel like adding insult to injury to have to maintain a life insurance policy for the benefit of a former spouse, but the law has reasons for requiring alimony payors to do so. The New Jersey Appellate Division recently issued an… Read More »

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Fighting a Restraining Order in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

When divorce proceedings are especially heated, particularly where children are involved, allegations of domestic violence may arise. If you are suddenly facing untrue allegations of domestic violence and a protection order keeping you from your spouse or children, how can you respond? What rights do you have? Continue reading to learn how to defend… Read More »

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Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces can be difficult and complicated at the best of times. Dealing with the aftermath of a divorce is a process that takes time, care, and consideration. If there are children involved, it is important to keep a level head and focus on what is best for them. Below we provide a few tips… Read More »

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How Does Income Affect Child Custody Decisions

By John B. D'Alessandro |

If you are considering divorce and you have children, you may be concerned about how your income will affect custody determinations. If the parties to a divorce cannot agree on custody, the court will ultimately decide on a custody arrangement based on a variety of factors. If one spouse has a significantly higher income,… Read More »

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If I Have a Prenup, Does the Marital Lifestyle Factor into Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

If you have been through a divorce or are going through one now, you may be familiar with the phrase “marital lifestyle.” The phrase arises when the parties and the court are determining whether an award of alimony is merited given the circumstances of the case, and if so, how much alimony is appropriate…. Read More »

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Will Moving Out During Separation Hurt My Custody Rights?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

When you understand that a marriage is coming to an end, you may realize that a divorce is the best option for you, your spouse, and the rest of your family. The end of a marriage can be a very emotionally charged time, and you may believe that your best option is to get… Read More »

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Alimony in Long-Term vs. Short-Term Marriages

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Alimony, or spousal support, is often one of the most contentious issues in divorce.  Other than child support and custody, alimony is the hot-button divorce issue we hear about in pop culture, and it is what makes divorcing spouses the most nervous on both sides.  Below we break down how courts evaluate whether to… Read More »

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Third-Party Claims for Custody in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

We assume as a general matter that children are better off being raised by their own parents, as opposed to grandparents, other family members, or well-meaning friends.  Not all parents, however, are fit to raise a child.  If parents leave a child malnourished, if they expose their children to criminal activity or drug use,… Read More »

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Rights of Unmarried Parents in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Child custody is often one of the most heated and contested issues that arise during a divorce.  Each parent has certain rights concerning custody, visitation, and child support, and these are the issues that divorcing parties generally find most difficult to agree upon.  These issues could be even more complicated if the parties were… Read More »

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Challenges of a Gray Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce rates have, for the most part, flattened out or decreased across most age groups.  However, one group has seen a recent rise in the rate of divorce: older couples in long-term marriages.  Many married couples who experience problems with their relationships either chose to stay together for the kids or, for one reason… Read More »

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