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The 5 Mistakes People Commonly Make During a Divorce


1. Leaving the Home During the Divorce
If you have been living with your spouse and children while your divorce is ongoing, it is common for one party to either voluntarily move out of the home or be pushed out of the home. Absent issues of domestic violence or concerns about child safety, judges are hard pressed to order a parent to leave the marital home against their will. Until a plan can be established between the parties addressing various issues such as custody, parenting time, child support, etc., it is advisable to remain in the home. Once a party moves out of the home, it is much more difficult to move back in.

2. Social Media
Be sure to keep your online presence clean and professional. A common question to ask oneself is “would my post to Facebook embarrass me if it were read/shown at church?”. Particularly in child custody disputes, each p

Permanent Alimony for Lengthy Marriages is History


If you have not yet heard, New Jersey did away with permanent alimony in 2014. This means that marriages of significant length can no longer be awarded alimony for an indeterminate amount of time. The statute was changed to limit alimony terms to the length of the marriage for all marriages under 20 years, barring extreme circumstances.

The New Jersey Legislature removed the term "permanent alimony" and instead used "open durational" alimony. Open durational alimony is for those marriages greater than 20 years, absent various exceptional circumstances existing. Those divorcees paying permanent alimony may now apply to have alimony end upon reaching the federal retirement age of 67.

There are five types of alimony currently recognized in New Jersey: pendente lite, open durational, limited duration, rehabilitative, and reimbursement. Alimony received, unlike child support, is taxed as income under the IRS tax code. Each type of alimony is intended to

What to Expect From Your Initial Meeting with a Family Attorney?


For many people, this meeting is their first contact with an attorney and can occur during one of the most stressful times in a person’s life; divorce. Some clients come to the meeting ready to file divorce papers the day they meet with the attorney, while others have been served papers and are looking for guidance as to what to do next. Others may be considering divorce, or shopping around and interviewing with a few attorneys before making any decisions. Before walking in the door, you should already have had a discussion with the law firm when scheduling the appointment to know if you will be expected to pay for the consultation, and the rate/flat fee you will be charged.

As a potential client, even if you do not end up retaining the attorney, your discussions with the attorney are still protected under the attorney-client privilege. When meeting with the family law attorney, particularly during the initial consult, the attorney should be doing more listening than talki