10/1/2015

FAQ: Health Insurance During and After your Divorce

      It’s the Fall.  The leaves are turning, the NFL is in full gear, and it’s almost the open enrollment period for employee benefits.   If you are like most Americans, the words “open enrollment” cause anxiety and dread, even more so if you are in the midst of a divorce.   If you are the unemployed spouse, or work part-time without benefits, you may be fearful that your spouse will not re-enroll you during the divorce or that you will not be able to afford healthcare after the divorce is final.   Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about maintianing/obt

9/24/2015

Don’t Be a Meanie: A Child’s Perspective of her Divorced Parents Arguing

      Over the weekend, a divorced mother posted a video depicting her six-year-old daughter, Tiana, demanding that her mother and ex-husband “be friends” after Tiana witnessed them arguing.  It's a "must see" for any divorced or separated parent.  Click here to watch the video.

      In the video, Tiana was sitting on the stairs lecturing her mother:

4/22/2015

What can we learn from Bobby Flay and Stephanie March's divorce?

     According to Ms. March’s lawyer, she plans to contest the validity of their prenuptial agreement on various grounds. Most notably, the fact that the agreement was signed three days before their wedding may have rendered it unconscionable (not fair). While it is a valid concern, there are many other factors that the court must consider when determining the validity of a prenuptial agreement. For this reason, it is so important to ensure that you consult with a matrimonial attorney early in the wedding planning process.

4/18/2015

How Having a Special Needs Child Made Me a Better Family Law Attorney

     All of my clients share their most personal thoughts, feelings and experiences with me.  It’s the nature of my job as a family law attorney.  I work in a field that is highly emotional, judgmental  and frankly, sometimes physically and mentally draining.  I have seen my clients in the pits of despair, and I have also seen them draw from an inner strength they never knew existed.  This is why I love what I do.  I have the privilege of seeing people truly transform, sometimes not by choice,  but in ways they never thought possible. 

3/26/2015

Do Not Let Your Spouse Get Away with Hiding Assets!

     In the matter of Estate of Milagros Beltra v. Beltra, the Appellate Division again confirmed a trial court’s ability (and duty) to report a party’s unreported income (especially in the form of cash) and assets to the appropriate authorities. In Beltra, the trial court judge determined that the husband made substantial cash contributions towards the purchase of properties in Argentina and the Dominican Republic, made considerable deposits in foreign banks, and had interests in a number of businesses.

2/20/2015

A Rabbi, an Uncooperative Husband, and a Cattle Prod walk into a bar . . .

Rabbi Mendel Epstein’s heart may have been in the right place when he tried to help Jewish women get a divorce from their unwilling husbands.  However, the methods he allegedly used to “convince” the husbands to consent to the divorce have placed him on the wrong side of the law.  

In Orthodox Jewish communities, a divorce will not be recognized unless the husband provides the wife with a “get.”  If the husband refuses to provide the get, the Jewish couple can be divorced through the state court system, but they will remain married in the eyes of Jewish law.

2/2/2015

SURVEY RESULTS: When Did You Realize Your Marriage Was Over?

     At some point while representing a divorced/divorcing client, I ask him/her: “When did you realize your marriage was over?”  The responses usually fall into (3) three categories:

1.  Before the wedding

5/20/2014

What Can I Do If My Spouse Does Not Agree To a Divorce?

     Time and time again, we have heard one of two variations of this question during an initial consultation with a potential client.  Sometimes we are speaking with a person who made the difficult decision of telling their emotional spouse that they no longer want to be in their marriage.  The reaction they are met with is, “Well I won’t give you a divorce!”  And now they are in our office asking us what to do.  Other times, we have the understandably devastated spouse sitting in

4/29/2014

Understanding Your Options: The Difference Between Divorce, Annulment, and Separation

     If you are thinking about ending your marriage, but the idea of getting divorced seems like a scary jump to make, you’re probably wondering whether there are any other legal options.  You’re not alone.  We are frequently asked about the differences between divorce, annulment, and separation in New Jersey. 

 

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