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What Will Happen to a Divorce if the Court Thinks Reconciliation is Possible?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Every state in the country now has some form of no-fault divorce. Rather than needing to demonstrate that one party committed abuse, adultery, or some other wrongdoing, parties can simply assert that the marriage has broken down and seek a divorce based on that fact alone. In New Jersey, the two no-fault grounds for… Read More »

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How to Avoid Paying High Taxes With Alimony

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Deciding how to craft a divorce settlement agreement requires more than simply resolving who wants what property and who gets the kids on the weekends. Divorcing parties must take into account all ancillary consequences of any divorce decision, including insurance coverage, retirement accounts, and taxation. Property distributions, alimony, and child support are all treated… Read More »

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What Are the Benefits and Limitations of Legal Separation in NJ?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Couples who are considering divorce often look to some sort of trial separation period to test the waters before fully committing to divorce. Some states offer a legal process for separation that is distinct from divorce. Learn about the options for legal separation in New Jersey below, and call a New Jersey divorce attorney… Read More »

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Do I Need an Appraiser in My Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

An important step in any New Jersey divorce is the valuation of the couple’s assets. The value assigned to the property owned jointly by a married couple, sometimes known as the “marital estate,” will guide the judge’s decisions on how that estate will be divided between the spouses. The marital estate is often comprised… Read More »

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How is Property Divided in a New Jersey Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Most people have a general understanding that, in the event of divorce, property owned by the spouses will be divided up and distributed to each party. Each state, however, has its own set of rules regarding what types of property will be divided and precisely how that property will be divvied up. What is… Read More »

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What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) in NJ?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Not all marital assets are readily divisible. While some divorces involve only bank accounts, stocks, and real estate, other divorces involve more complex assets. Depending on the asset, additional resources may be necessary to value, apportion, and distribute those assets. Retirement accounts are relatively common marital assets that often require additional administrative hassle in… Read More »

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Child Time Sharing Tips for Parents

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Coming to agreement on a child custody and parenting time arrangement takes time and effort. Even once everything is set to paper, however, that is not the end of the matter. Living through a shared custody arrangement in real life is always more dynamic and complex than whatever can be accounted for in a… Read More »

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How to Help Children Adjust to Time-Sharing Arrangements/Adjustments

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce can be tough on kids. A lot of changes will come about in addition to the emotional toll divorce can take. If you have a co-parenting arrangement with your ex, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to help your kids adjust. Below, we offer some tips on how… Read More »

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What is a Pre-Divorce Planning Session? Are They Helpful?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces can be complex. They may touch upon nearly every aspect of your life, they require gathering extensive volumes of documents and financial information and, to get what you want out of the divorce, you need to be careful and strategic. The best way to prepare for a divorce is to plan ahead. The… Read More »

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Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey courts give a lot of deference to parents and always prefer to let both parents continue to raise the children wherever appropriate. Under certain circumstances, however, the state will step in to terminate the parental rights of one or both parents or guardians. For a parent to lose their legal rights, the… Read More »

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