IF DIVORCE INVOLVES COMPLEX ISSUES CAN YOU STILL USE A MEDIATOR?

A mediator should help parties reach an agreement that is manageable.  Neither party should be completely happy or completely dissatisfied.  When a case goes before a judge, the judge is, in fact, limited in the types of resolutions he or she can provide in a case.   In mediation, the parties can be far more flexible […]

HOW THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IMPACTS DIVORCE, CHILD SUPPORT, ALIMONY, EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY AND DEBT

        The main obligation of the Courts and for attorneys is to obtain a fair result.  As the economic downturn continues, the Courts are having to make rulings to accommodate job losses, losses of assets, such as stocks, bonds, IRAs, and other financial instruments as well as the devaluation of the marital home and increase […]

DIVORCE IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

                  A divorce can be both scary and a relief from marital problems which cannot be otherwise corrected.  The divorce means a loss of a relationship, a loss of time with children, and possibly a loss of money or property.  It can also be a step towards independence and self-preservation if one is getting away […]

CHILDREN

Many factors are involved in determining the parenting arrangement after divorce, including but not limited to, the parents’ abilities to cooperate and communicate, and the parents’ historic roles during the marriage, and feasibility of a parenting arrangement considering the work responsibilities of the parents, and proximity of their homes after the divorce.  Issues of abuse […]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

“Domestic Violence” is a very specific category of acts criminal in nature included by not limited to homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, sexual assault, and harassment. Many people have bad marriages and bad treatment and words from their spouses; i.e., “I am going to take everything from you in the divorce. You are […]

MY SPOUSE AND I OWN A BUSINESS TOGETHER.

Businesses have value and are considered assets for division pursuant to the equitable distribution law.  Typically, in a divorce, an accountant (or more than one, if each spouse hires his/her own) values the business.  The accountant, among other things, reviews the tax returns, books and records of the business for several years, obtains information from […]

Child Support

  CHILD SUPPORT                   Children are entitled to child support.  It is their legal right.              New Jersey uses child support guidelines which are mainly, but not exclusively, based on both parents’ income and the number of overnights each parent has with the child.               The Child Support guidelines are not […]