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10 Mistakes to Avoid While Divorcing

By Drew A. Molotsky, Esq. Here are ten obvious but important “pitfalls” to avoid when litigating your divorce.   Simple tips that can make this very unpleasant process much easier.       Picking the wrong lawyer:  Don’t use the guy down the street or the one who did your real estate closing.  Would you hire […]

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How to Pick the Right Divorce Lawyer

By Drew Molotsky, Esq. As an attorney that practices exclusively in the areas of divorce and family law, I am often faced with the following question from clients: “How do I know that you’re the right lawyer for me?” The best answer is probably, “you don’t” but there are several steps that a potential litigant […]

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Will Legal Use of Marijuana Impact My Custody Rights?

By Kelli Martone, Esq. The short answer to this question is “yes”.  However, as one Judge recently stated in Court, it is not the legality of the substance being used that is the issue, the issue is the impact and degree of impairment that use of this substance has on the parent.  In other words, […]

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Getting Clear on College Contributions – Black v. Black

By Kevin Falkenstein, Esq. It is well established that New Jersey Courts can, and often do, require divorced parent’s to contribute towards the cost of their children’s college education.  See:  Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529, 545 (1982).  In the thirty plus years since Newburgh, there have been numerous published and unpublished opinions on whether […]

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New Jersey Family Law Attorney Discusses Cohabitation and Termination of Alimony

According to a national government study in 2013 reported in US News and World Report, more Americans are moving in with their partners instead of getting married.  This increase of cohabitation can affect divorced couples as it may impact alimony awards. When one of the former spouses moves in with a new partner it may […]

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Same Sex Marriage Legal in Pennsylvania

By Thomas Roberto, Esq. On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Judge John E. Jones, III, of United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage. In support of his decision, Judge Jones stated that, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to […]

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What the Court Considers When Determining Alimony

The NJ Family Court considers many factors when determining an award of alimony.  Pursuant to New Jersey Statute 2A:34-23, the following elements are taken into account when calculating an award of alimony: (1)     The tangible need and ability of a spouse to pay alimony. (2)     The length of the marriage or civil union. […]

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Two Tickets To Paradise: Custody And Vacationing With Your Child Out-of-State

By Julie Freeman-Burick, Esq. In an earlier blog, we had talked about summer parenting time and making sure sufficient notice was given to allow for any objections and/or Court intervention as may be necessary to ensure that parents and their children get to enjoy summer vacation time. If you live in New Jersey and are […]

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Summer Is Coming: Deal with Those Parenting Time Issues Now!

By Julie Freeman-Burick, Esq. It is May already here and before we know it, summer will be in full swing which means hot days, ice cream, pool parties and trips to the shore and other vacations with the kids. For divorced parents, or parents who were never married, summer parenting time can be the highlight […]

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Blog Series, Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, Part III: Criminal Charges

The final blog in this three part series concentrates on filing criminal charges against a perpetrator of domestic violence. Criminal Complaints under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act A victim of domestic abuse has the right to file a criminal complaint against his or her abuser.  Criminal complaints are designed to punish abusers for committing […]

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