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Debt and Divorce in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Often, parties working on the distribution of marital assets in a divorce do not fully consider how debt factors in.  Read on to learn about the common types of debt married couples face and how it will be apportioned in a divorce, and contact a seasoned New Jersey divorce lawyer with any additional questions…. Read More »

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New Jersey Domestic Violence on the Rise

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The latest domestic violence report from the New Jersey State Police showed a significant increase in the number of reported domestic violence incidents.  Many divorce proceedings begin with complaints of domestic violence, or they may lead to incidents of violence because of the strong emotions involved.  Read on for more about this alarming trend… Read More »

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New Jersey Parental Kidnapping Laws

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Divorce is never easy, and losing custody of a child in an embattled divorce can be one of the hardest things for a parent to accept. But violation of a custody arrangement is never a good idea, and it can lead to severe, even criminal, punishment. Even if done non-violently, taking a child against… Read More »

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Can a New Jersey Parent Recover Expenses if an Ex-Spouse Does Not Use Their Parenting Time?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Custody arrangements in a divorce can be tricky.  A common issue that arises following a divorce is when one parent does not utilize the parenting time they are allotted in a divorce settlement.  Raising a child is expensive, especially if the child has any special needs.  A recent case before the New Jersey Appellate… Read More »

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Shotgun Wedding? How Restraining Orders & Short-Term Marriage Affect Divorce Proceedings

By John B. D'Alessandro |

On August 20, Danielle Staub, star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and her husband of three months, Marty Caffrey, dropped restraining orders they filed against each other about a week prior. Staub first filed an order for protection over an incident at her home earlier this month, and Caffrey filed his own order… Read More »

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New Jersey Appellate Court Says Woman Cannot Take Back Child Given Up for Adoption

By John B. D'Alessandro |

A recent case from a New Jersey appellate court illustrates how courts approach determining whether a mother who has given up her baby for adoption can later void the adoption and regain parental rights.  Continue reading to learn about the reverse adoption case, and speak with an experienced New Jersey family law attorney to… Read More »

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Court Opinion Illustrates Case where Provisions in a Property Settlement Agreement Might Be Set Aside

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Judges’ opinions often include long passages about how courts are committed to enforcing written contracts between parties; these passages often come right before the judge explains why they won’t be enforcing duties imposed under the contract for one reason or another. In a recent case before the New Jersey Appellate Division, the judges affirmed… Read More »

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Couple Negotiates Shared Parenting when Child Has Severe Disability

By John B. D'Alessandro |

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division case provides an example of when courts will grant an award based on a parent’s failure to utilize their visitation time, and of the complexities of raising a disabled child after divorce. Learn about the case below and speak with a knowledgeable Union family law attorney with any… Read More »

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Appellate Court Asked to Determine When Marriage Ended for Purposes of Dividing Property

By John B. D'Alessandro |

In most divorce cases, there is no need to spend energy determining when a marriage should be considered to have ended; courts simply rely on the date that the parties filed for divorce. In one recent case, a New Jersey Appellate Division was asked to rule that a marriage had ended years before either… Read More »

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For Many, the Financial Implications of Divorce Are About to Change

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Historically, Americans paying alimony to a former spouse have been able to deduct alimony payments from their taxes, often benefitting from a significant tax break depending on the size of the payments and the difference in earnings between the spouses. But starting in 2019, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will eliminate… Read More »

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