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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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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce often involves heightened emotions. It can be a complex, messy process, intermingling issues of finance and legal intricacies with personal feelings and social concerns. For many reasons, divorces often end up as long, combative, drawn-out events. Having a lengthy, bitter divorce is not a foregone conclusion, however. When divorcing parties can put aside… Read More »

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Are Personal Injury Settlements Separate From Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

You will see it a thousand times on our website and as advice from any other divorce attorney: Marital property is subject to division in a divorce, and just about all property acquired during marriage constitutes marital property. There are, however, limited exceptions. Certain types of property remain separate property even if acquired during… Read More »

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What is Paternity Establishment in NJ?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Fatherhood carries important rights and responsibilities. However, unlike motherhood, fatherhood is not always readily apparent. When someone claims to be the father (or to not be the father) of a child, what are the legal options available to the interested parties? How can paternity be established, and what rights and obligations does paternity confer?… Read More »

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How to Divide Retirement Assets (Including a 401k plan) in Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Dividing retirement assets can be one of the most complex and contentious aspects of a divorce. Retirement accounts are subject to equitable division in divorce, like all other forms of marital property, but specific rules govern how much of the account is subject to division and how that division must take place. Below, our… Read More »

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What Are Your Rights if Your Spouse Committed Adultery?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Adultery is the classic grounds for divorce. One spouse has an affair, either briefly or for an extended period of time, and the other spouse catches them in the act. The innocent spouse files for divorce based on adultery, looking both to separate from a disloyal spouse and to recover for the emotional, social,… Read More »

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What is Co-Parenting?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorces can be tough on everyone involved. When there are shared children involved, divorced parents will have to establish a “new normal” and find a way to make parenting work that serves the best interests of their children. Many divorce and family care experts discuss “co-parenting” as a means to provide a stable environment… Read More »

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What to Know About Irreconcilable Differences

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Every state in the U.S. now permits some form of “no-fault divorce.” No-fault divorce allows a party to obtain a divorce without proving that their spouse did something bad (adultery, abuse, abandonment, etc.). In New Jersey, when a party files for divorce, they must still choose a “grounds” for divorce, even if the ground… Read More »

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How to Prepare for Divorce in NJ

By John B. D'Alessandro |

No one plans to get divorced. When folks get married, they expect that the relationship will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, life does not always work out the way we hope. Around 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Divorce is one of those strange events, however, that is common in the aggregate… Read More »

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Myths About Getting a Divorce

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Everyone has built-in beliefs about divorce they have cobbled together from stories from friends and family, references in popular culture, and general knowledge. Many of these beliefs are based on outdated conceptions of divorce law, mischaracterizations of divorce in television and movies, as well as simple misunderstandings of the process shared across the population…. Read More »

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