8/16/2019

Can My Spouse and I Use The Same Divorce Attorney?

      “We both want to use the same divorce attorney in order to spend less money on our divorce.”   Sometimes I hear this during my first meeting with a potential client.  Sometimes our staff hears this when a potential client calls the office wanting to schedule a consultation for both parties to come and meet with an attorney together.  Or sometimes I hear this in social situations.  (I may or may not correct the speaker, depending on whether I have it in me to listen to the flood of legal questions that will surely follow after I out myself as

7/16/2019

Penalty Provisions in Divorce Agreements

Most divorce matters are ultimately resolved with a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), sometimes also referred to as a Property Settlement Agreement (PSA).  An MSA is a contract between divorcing spouses, wherein they agree amongst themselves how their lives will proceed post-divorce.  It covers everything from child-related issues to finances.  Many times, clients want to give "teeth" to their agreements by adding "penalty clauses" if one spouse doesn't comply.  Typically, they are not enforced based on contract law principles.  However, the New Jersey Appellate Division recenty decided M

4/4/2019

What's in a Name?

Many newlyweds are excited to change their last names immediately after the wedding. The quick embrace of this new name quickly sours in a divorce setting. The decision of whether to change your last name in that context can be daunting; especially if you have young children. There are many questions to consider when deciding whether to change your name as part of a divorce.

3/5/2019

Divorce Vacation: Taking a “Break” from the Breakdown of Your Marriage

The breakdown of a marriage and the ensuing divorce can become a long and protracted process.  It often commences before either spouse retains counsel or proceeds with the Complaint for Divorce.  Thus, it is understandable when either spouse expresses the need for a break at some point before the divorce is finalized.

2/1/2019

The Harmful Consequences of a Digital-Age Divorce: A Look Inside the Jenni Farley and Roger Mathews Public Debacle

*NOTE:  Since the publication of this blog, Jenni's 14-paragraph letter on her website was removed (thank goodness).   As a result, the links provided in this blog may no longer be accessible or relevant.  Even so, our opinions provided within this blog have not changed.  

11/29/2018

Three Ways to Enjoy the Holidays After Your Divorce

The holidays are stressful enough, but if you add a divorce or separation into the mix, it can become pure chaos. Between my clerkship and private practice, this upcoming holiday season will be my tenth year experiencing the inevitable turmoil and tribulation these “festivities” impose upon individuals and the congested Court system. In light of my experience, I will relay three key pieces of advice I believe are important to consider in striving for a smooth holiday season.

4/10/2018

What is a Motion?

A Motion is an application you file with the Family Court to seek a specific form of relief. There are many different types of relief you can seek in your Motion. The most common Motions are for an increase/decrease in alimony, increase/decrease in child support, reimbursement of your children’s expenses, or a modification of custody or parenting time. Although these are the most common types of Motions, there are countless other types of relief you can seek as well.

When can a Motion be Filed?

2/20/2018

"I Want My Day In Court!" - Be Careful What You Wish For

Many times, people walk into my office angry. They want vindication. They want revenge. They want their “day in court.”  I then awaken them to this reality – Don’t rely on the court, for anything.

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