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Benefits of Low-Conflict Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces are often emotionally-charged, heated affairs. It’s hard not to get your feelings wrapped up in the matter. Parties who can keep things civil and proceed amicably, however, find the process much less challenging. There are many benefits to keeping a divorce low-conflict wherever possible. Read on for a discussion of a few of… Read More »

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Defending Against DCPP: Accused of Abuse/Neglect in Custody Dispute

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Child custody disputes are difficult at the best of times. They can easily become heated, and allegations of neglect or abuse are not uncommon. If your spouse or co-parent accuses you of abuse or neglect, New Jersey’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services… Read More »

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Child Custody When Parents are Unmarried

By John B. D'Alessandro |

One of the many benefits of being married is that married individuals have rights to child custody by virtue of the marriage. But what do you do in instances when you share a child with someone, but you are not married? Today, we’ll go over the different scenarios that can occur when it comes… Read More »

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What is a De Facto Parent?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Families come in all shapes and sizes. For many people in the U.S., an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, or even a family friend was more of a parent than their actual parents. The law in New Jersey and elsewhere gives biological or legal parents extensive protections, but what about the people who step… Read More »

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When Should You Sue for Domestic Violence?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Domestic violence is an epidemic in the United States and elsewhere. One in four women, and one in nine men, will experience severe physical violence, stalking, or sexual violence from an intimate partner. A third of all women and a quarter of all men experience some form of physical violence committed by a romantic… Read More »

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What to Do if You’re Being Emotionally Abused During Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

For many, divorce can be a time laced with stress, heightened emotions, and tension. Despite the stressors that may unfold during a divorce, there is no justification for one spouse to deal with emotional abuse at the hands of the other spouse. So what do you do if you are experiencing emotional abuse as… Read More »

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New Jersey Imputed Income and Child Support

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Imputed income is a monetary figure that is attributed to a parent during child support proceedings. Imputing income to one parent is often a way to satisfy what is in the best interest of the child so that their needs are met. By holding one parent to the standard of imputed income, that parent… Read More »

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What Does It Mean to Terminate Your Parental Rights?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Parents have the right to the custody and care of their children. Biological mothers and their spouses are guaranteed legal parentage automatically, while unwed fathers may need to take certain additional steps to establish paternity and legal parentage. Under certain circumstances, however, parental rights can be terminated. Read on below to learn about how… Read More »

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Are My Assets in Danger if Spouse Causes Accident During Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

When you’re married, your finances are entwined. When your spouse acquires property or income, that becomes your property. When your spouse incurs debts, those debts are your debts. What happens, however, when debts or other liabilities arise after a divorce has been filed? Are you on the hook for your spouse’s liabilities until the… Read More »

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Attorney Fees in NJ: Who Pays for the Lawyer?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces cost money. Parties will need to gather documents, file court papers, hire a lawyer, and perhaps hire additional professional advisers such as accountants. If one party has significantly greater assets and income, are they required to pay for their spouse’s lawyer? Is it fair if only one party can afford to hire competent… Read More »

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