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IRA and Divorce in NJ: How Divorce Affects Split Between Couples

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Retirement accounts raise confusing issues when it comes to apportionment upon divorce. Retirement accounts are often made up of assets deposited before the marriage, plus deposits and interest gained during the marriage, as well as future gains that will be realized after the divorce is finalized. Which part of that counts as a marital… Read More »

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No-Fault Divorce in NJ

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey permits no-fault divorce like every other state in the country. Gone are the days when a party would need to allege, and prove, that their spouse committed some grievous wrong in order to file for divorce. Now, so long as the base requirements are met, parties can divorce simply because the marriage… Read More »

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Can Phone Records Affect a Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces can be contentious and messy. If one spouse is trying to hide information concerning, for example, hidden assets, significant expenses, or an affair, a case can devolve into a deep examination of the parties’ personal lives and communications. Are there any circumstances under which phone records can be unearthed for the sake of… Read More »

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How to Recover Personal Items After Spouse Took Property

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce involves a wide range of issues, from the serious to the seemingly mundane. Many people can become extremely petty in divorce, given the strained relationships and highly charged emotions involved. While attorneys and the court are generally meant to be utilized to resolve larger-scale issues like division of real estate and child custody,… Read More »

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How to Tell Your Spouse is Hiding Assets

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce requires both parties to be up-front and honest with financial disclosures. All assets should be identified, catalogued, labeled as separate or marital, and then marital assets will be divided equitably between the parties. Unfortunately, many spouses try to hide certain assets to protect those assets from distribution to their spouse upon divorce and… Read More »

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What Happens if Spouse Doesn’t Sign Divorce Papers?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

It’s a common trope in movies and television: Our hero or heroine wants to simply move on with their life, but their ex refuses to sign the divorce papers. Conflicts and hijinks ensue. In real life, does one spouse actually hold that much power over the divorce? Can one party simply refuse to “sign… Read More »

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No-Show Mediation: What Happens if Spouse Didn’t Attend Court-Ordered Mediation

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Mediation can be a cost-effective, efficient, and economical pathway for resolving a divorce outside of the courtroom. New Jersey courts actually require divorcing parties to at least attempt mediation, even if it does not ultimately resolve the matter. Mediation, however, requires voluntary participation by all parties involved. What happens if your spouse decides to… Read More »

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What to Expect When Providing Full Financial Disclosure to a Divorce Lawyer

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce can be much more complicated than it appears at first glance. Among other things, married couples must identify and disentangle all financial assets and liabilities in order to operate separately following the divorce. If the couple has been married long, the process can become extremely complex, requiring assistance from accountants, valuation experts, and… Read More »

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Divorce & Taxes: Are Divorce Fees Tax-Deductible?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce raises a number of issues that are not immediately apparent at first. Divorcing has potential consequences for health insurance, social security benefits, inheritance, immigration, and taxes, among other things. Many clients ask whether fees associated with a divorce are tax-deductible. Below, we discuss the tax consequences of divorce. Call a knowledgeable New Jersey… Read More »

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Can Changes Be Made After Agreed Upon Mediation?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

There are many ways that divorces can be resolved outside of a courtroom. These alternative dispute resolution (ADR) formats are likely to be cheaper, faster, and easier than fighting a divorce all the way through trial in court, but they do require voluntary participation by both parties. Alternative dispute resolution may take the form… Read More »

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