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Equitable Distribution for Pre-Marital Cohabitation - Recently, a New Jersey couple that disputed the distribution of a salary bonus the husband received after their divorce is raising questions about equitable distribution for couples that had lived together before marriage. In this case, the couple lived together for eight years before marrying. After 14 months of marriage, they divorced with a settlement
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Is Relocation in the Best Interest of the Child? - Often after a divorce, one parent or the other wants to relocate to another state – whether that parent is getting married, finds a new job or just wants to start a new life.  Previously, if parents could not agree on relocation and the parties chose to enlist the assistance of the courts, the Baures
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Can I Retire Early if I Have an Ongoing Alimony Obligation - The New Jersey Alimony Reform Act of 2014 was signed by Governor Christie on September 10, 2014, and immediately took effect.  The new Act changed the landscape and implementation of alimony in a variety of ways. One such way is in relation to an obligor’s request for modification or termination of an initial alimony obligation because he or
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Client Alert: Proposed Tax Reform - CLIENT ALERT !! Proposed Tax Reform Will Eliminate The Deduction for Alimony Payments Effective January 1, 2018, assuming the proposed tax reform becomes law, alimony payors will no longer be able to deduct alimony payments in their tax returns. The proposed tax reform bill that has been passed by the House eliminates the current above-the-line
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Types of Protective Orders in New Jersey - To protect victims of domestic violence sometimes a restraining order is necessary. This is an order issued by a court that prevents the person named in the order from contacting and communicating with the victim of abuse and sometimes also their minor children. Anyone suffering from domestic violence can file for a restraining order against
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Mistakes to Avoid in a High Asset Divorce - Every divorce has its challenges. Whether emotional, physical, or financial, divorce can be a difficult transition. When the economic stakes are high, divorce can be even more complicated. There are a few ways to protect your interests and your sanity while keeping your high asset divorce as painless as possible. Be patient You might want
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High Conflict Divorce - A high conflict divorce usually means there is a spouse with a difficult personality. It takes time to come to terms with the fact that the marriage is over, and dealing with a difficult spouse makes the process much more stressful. Those who are going through a high conflict divorce proceeding should be aware of
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Divorce Is Associated with Weight Loss for Women - A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona has found that older women who obtain a divorce tend to lose more weight than their counterparts who had never married, or stayed married.  According to the Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Randa Kutob, after a divorce, older women consciously engage in
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Child Sexual Abuse - A claim of child sexual abuse is found or substantiated by child protective services every eight minutes, making it a widespread problem. Child sexual abuse is a crime that inflicts lasting damage on victims. Any form of sexual activity with a minor qualifies as child sexual abuse. Children cannot consent to sexual activity in any
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Holiday Co-Parenting - Co-parenting after a divorce can be difficult, especially around the holidays. From birthdays and special events to major holidays, divorced parents may face challenges when attempting to coordinate plans for parenting time. Despite the complications and stress that may arise from the holiday season, with communication and compromise co-parents can establish a parenting plan that
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