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The Risks of a D.I.Y. Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In our internet age, you may believe that you can handle any task with the help of some dedicated Googling. There are many self-help legal websites and handbooks that purport to walk readers through the process of handling their own divorce filing without the help of an attorney. While it may be true that… Read More »

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Court Reminds Divorcing Couples to Put It In Writing

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In an opinion recently issued by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the judges reminded litigants that, if a term of your divorce isn’t included in your marital settlement agreement (MSA), it’s highly unlikely that the court will enforce it. The court considered this issue in a case titled Mercado v. Mercado. Battle over daughter’s… Read More »

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Cohabitation could be the basis for changing alimony, even if not spelled out in a New Jersey Property Settlement Agreement

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently issued a decision in response to an ex-husband’s request to modify or terminate alimony based on his wife allegedly living with a new partner, as well as other changed circumstances. After receiving a denial from the trial court, the Appellate Division granted the husband’s request for a hearing… Read More »

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Positivity about Your Co-Parent

By John B. D'Alessandro |

After a painful break-up or contentious divorce, it might be difficult to feel anything but anger towards a co-parent. Co-parenting relationships last for the lifetime of your children, however, and it is not only in the best interests of your children that you make the best of that relationship; it’s in your best interests,… Read More »

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Talking to Your Grown Children about Your Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Many couples wait until their children have left the home and are fully independent before filing for divorce. Others simply don’t realize that the relationship is no longer working until their children have left the nest. Splitting up when children are young can be painful and disruptive, but there are still concerns albeit different… Read More »

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In Order to Reduce Alimony, Courts Require Proof

By John B. D'Alessandro |

New Jersey courts have the right to reduce alimony payments when a former spouse and alimony recipient has begun cohabiting with someone else, or when the alimony-paying spouse’s financial circumstances have changed substantially. But even if these remedies are available, the spouse seeking a change in alimony must still do the work of proving… Read More »

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What are Special Considerations for Dividing Property in a High-Net-Worth Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

No divorce is simple, but divorcing as a high-net-worth couple can be extremely complex. Many high-net-worth couples have investments, property, accounts, or other financial assets that are not easily divided. When these spouses entered into the marriage already having accumulated assets or wealth, then the contribution of their spouse to this pre-owned property can… Read More »

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Divorced Spouse Experiences Settlement Remorse

By John B. D'Alessandro |

One of the most important reasons to have an attorney when going through a New Jersey divorce is to ensure that you don’t end up bound by a settlement that includes undesirable or unfair terms. Often, parties going through a divorce are so overwhelmed by emotion or a desire to get the divorce over… Read More »

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Fugitive Disentitlement Prevents One Father from Contesting Outstanding Child Support Ruling

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In an unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division relied on the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement to deny the appeal of a father who owed over $100,000 in unpaid support and was the subject of a bench warrant for unpaid child support. The case serves as a cautionary tale for the serious consequences that can result… Read More »

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Changing Schools Due to a Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Children are creatures of routine, craving the familiar and known. The countless changes often brought on by divorce can have a profound effect on their emotional well-being. When children have to move to a new home and school as part of a divorce, these changes are even more profound and affecting. Not only is… Read More »

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