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Pet Custody in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

What to expect when your “child” custody case is a little bit hairy… More frequently than ever before, people facing divorce or separation are concerned about losing a shared pet. Pets are not objects, yet they are treated as personal property in New Jersey divorce cases, like jewelry or a car. However, inroads are… Read More »

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Who Gets “Custody” of a Frozen Embryo in a New Jersey Divorce?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

The arena of fertility presents new and complex legal challenges in addition to changes to the traditional ideas of the American family.  When partners choose to go through in vitro fertilization, typically there are additional frozen embryos created beyond those used for the immediate pregnancy.  If the parties split up, what happens to the… Read More »

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Can a Parent Move a Child Out of State With Joint Custody?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Unmarried or divorced co-parents have to continually make decisions regarding the welfare of their children, and while joint decision-making between the parents is always the best option, exes (whether originally married or otherwise) often disagree.  One common issue that arises:  How should co-parents deal with the potential for relocation, such as if one spouse… Read More »

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Marital Separation in New Jersey

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Clients often consider whether a “trial separation” period can be good for their marriage.  A separation period can help a married couple reorient their priorities and either ultimately decide to reunite and try again, or at least come to the divorce process with a cooler head to make the process amicable and run more… Read More »

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Can I appeal my Divorce Arbitration Award in New Jersey?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

Arbitration and mediation are often an important part of divorce procedure in New Jersey.  The process can be easier and cheaper than resolving every issue through complex litigation.  But if either party ends up disagreeing with the ultimate result after the fact, when and how can arbitration awards be appealed?  Continue reading to learn… Read More »

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Is Dating during a Divorce a Good Idea?

By John B. D'Alessandro |

If you’ve filed for divorce from your spouse, there’s a good chance that you’ve been unhappy in your relationship for many months, if not for years. You may be eager to explore new relationships by hopping back into the dating pool. Perhaps you’re eager to begin dating someone for whom you’ve long had feelings… Read More »

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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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