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Blog Series, Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, Part I – What Constitutes Domestic Violence

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act provides that individuals have a legal right to be free from physical harm and abuse in their personal lives.  This New Jersey law protects persons 18 years or older from domestic violence.  An emancipated minor is also protected by this law.  An abuser can be a spouse, ex-spouse, or […]

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Taxes Tips For Divorced and Divorcing Couples

by Kelli Martone, Esq. For most people going through the emotional process of a divorce, the tax implications and issues are probably the last thing on their mind, often not creeping in until the dreaded April 15th filing deadline.  Listed below are a few basic concerns and/or issues that all divorced and/or divorcing couples should […]

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5 Things Not To Do During Your Divorce

By Kelli Martone, Esq. When most divorces commence the clients are anxious, upset, and emotional.  These emotions can often times make it difficult for clients to act logically and in a manner that best serves their interests and protects the most important thing- their children’s best interest.   Below is a list of five things clients […]

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Blog Series: Credit Cards & Divorce – Part III

Filing for bankruptcy does not nullify a person’s obligations to pay alimony or child support.  However, by filing bankruptcy a person can avoid paying their share of credit card debt amassed during the course of a marriage.  Moreover, by claiming bankruptcy a person will essentially be passing on the remaining unpaid credit card debt to […]

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New Jersey Legislation on Child Support Pending

By Ronald Lieberman, Esq. New Jersey has a new movement afoot to terminate all child support for all children under the age of 19, unless either the custodial parent or the child him/herself seek to continue it. That child support obligation will only be able to continue in certain limited situation. This pending legislation is […]

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Blog Series: Credit Cards And Divorce – Part II

In Part 1 of this Blog Series on how credit card debt impacts divorce settlements, we discussed the various credit card ownership and liability scenarios, such as individual accounts, individual accounts with authorized users, and joint accounts. In this blog installment, we will discuss what to do about credit cards when a divorce is imminent […]

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Domestic Violence Final Restraining Orders Are Forever….

By Julie Freeman-Burick, Esq. Or are they? Under the Prevention Against Domestic Violence Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et seq., a Final Restraining Order entered in New Jersey is a permanent no-contact Order. Unlike other states, a New Jersey Final Restraining Order does not dissolve after any set period of time. However, there are ways for Final […]

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SSI v. SSD and Child Support: What’s the Big Deal?

By Julie Freeman-Burick, Esq. When it comes to SSI and SSD it is a big deal, especially as it relates to support. First, it is important to know what they are. SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. This is a means-tested disability program administered by the Social Security Administration for people who are disabled and […]

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Blog Series: Credit Cards and Divorce – Part 1

There are several different scenarios for credit card accounts owned by married persons – individual, individual with an authorized user, and joint. These accounts carry different contractual liability for the cardholder, but all of these accounts can be impacted in the event of a divorce, or at least play a part in equitable distribution.  Here […]

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Q And A with Former Family Court Judge Joseph Testa (Ret)

By Judge Joseph Testa (Ret) When someone goes to Family Court in New Jersey, what do they expect? I am not talking about the procedures nor the Laws and rules that apply, but what can I expect of the Judge that will hear my case. Having practiced family law for over 40 years  in New […]

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