Common Legal Questions

June 20, 2017

Understanding Alimony and Child Support Payments

While browsing online, you can find just about anything you want.  For example, if divorce is in the cards for you, you can find a site where a calculator will determine what amount you may receive from your ex-spouse for alimony or child support.  These sites are great for giving you a general idea, but, are for discussion purposes only, since it is the judge who presides over the proceeding who generates the decision after a review of important criteria […]
June 16, 2017

How Does Child Custody Work?

Divorce benefits no one … it leaves heartbreak in its wake, usually after a long and acrimonious journey from filing the Complaint for Divorce, until the final divorce decree.  On that day the divorce is final, there is often a look back at “what went wrong?”  And, most of know that divorce usually leaves its mark on the child or children of a divorced couple. Though the parties’ attorneys may make their recommendations to the judge about child custody, the […]
June 13, 2017

Legal Separation Versus Divorce

Many people winced when they heard country singer Tammy Wynette’s song about love gone wrong in her hit “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” – they felt her pain when she talked about her impending divorce happening that day and how she wished it would never happen. Sadly the statistics show that about half the marriages today end in divorce.  Those stats are not only staggering, but sad as well, after a happy marriage, meets a few bumps in the road and the next thing […]
June 9, 2017

Common Questions About Divorce

If you are considering filing for divorce in the near future, you’ve no doubt skimmed articles in magazines, or scoured the internet on that subject … this is probably why you are reading this blog post right now.  Suffice it to say that filing for divorce and the time until the decree is rendered, can be a long and painful journey for most.  Some couples are able to go through the process amicably, but, for most couples, it is a […]
June 5, 2017

Tips for A Successful Marriage

You often hear the expression “a marriage made in Heaven”, signifying that two people are so compatible in a harmonious marriage or partnership, that it is as if that union was created in Heaven. Most people would like to think that their marriage bears this seal of approval, but, the sad truth is that, these days, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce – in fact, you might be surprised to know that in the U.S., someone gets divorced […]
June 2, 2017

Divorce Laws in New Jersey

When day-to-day existence is intolerable due to fractures in your marriage, there is sometimes no other remedy than to file for divorce.  For some, marriage counseling or living apart will work to slowly repair the damage in your marital bonds, but, sadly, for some it is a lost cause. Your best bet when considering filing for divorce is to consult with a reputable top family lawyer in New Jersey.  This specialty of the law will garner you the expert advice […]
May 30, 2017

The Evolution of Gender Roles in Marriage

Once upon a time, young adults all aspired for the same thing – a good job, find a partner, move to the ‘burbs, start a family, get a dog … live happily ever after.  Young women seldom had a career, opting instead to marry, become a homemaker and stay home with the children.  The term “stay-at-home mom” had not even been coined yet – it was just expected of young women, that she forsake any future plans … she would […]
May 26, 2017

What is Child Support?

Child support for minor children is defined as the payment that a non-custodial parent is ordered to make as support for the costs of raising his or her child/children (hereinafter just referred to as “child”).  The financial assistance is provided by the parent who does not have physical custody of his or her child, so that that particular parent’s income does not benefit the child on a daily basis.  The child support may be court-ordered, or voluntary, and may be […]
May 23, 2017

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also often referred to as alimony, is the legal obligation for a person to provide financial support to their spouse before or after a legal separation or divorce.  If you are on your way to divorce it is wise to consult a divorce attorney so that they can answer all of your questions in advance.  A top divorce lawyer in Livingston will be happy to meet with you and will be able to answer any question you have. […]
April 25, 2017
Divorce Versus Separation

Divorce Versus Separation

For couples whose marriage is on the skids, the thought in each of the partner’s minds is “I’d be so much better if I could just leave and be rid of him/her”, even though the very finality of ending the marriage can be a scary prospect.  Unless each of the parties has a high-power job, and the financial ability to make it on their own, there is usually hesitation on either side. Whether the marriage is of many years’ duration, […]
April 18, 2017
Retirement Planning and Divorce

Retirement Planning and Divorce

Divorce isn’t a fun topic at any age, and, it sure is not something most people anticipate as they happily stroll down the aisle while envisioning the years of marital bliss that lie ahead. Sometimes real life intervenes, and “happily ever after” isn’t always meant to be.  Things turn ugly with sharp words and accusations hurled – soon thereafter is talk of splitting up, or divorce.  Reconciliation may occur, but statistics show that only a mere 15% of all separations […]
March 31, 2017
How Does Insurance Work

How Does Insurance Work?

While our pockets are considerably lighter from paying multiple insurance premiums, as a nation, we all just face the facts – it would be a real gamble to live your life “bare”, i.e. without insurance coverage in place.  While we can’t live our life in a bubble and we hope that tragedy does not befall our health or any of our worldly possessions, practically speaking, risk exists in everything. At any given time, any of us may become a victim […]
March 29, 2017
Questions About Insurance

Common Questions About Insurance

Sometimes we are baffled over the types of insurance we must put in place and some we should at least consider, and then, once we narrow down our list of insurance needs, we are often left wondering about the coverage for our chosen insurance.  Hopefully, the paragraphs below will sort out and process some of those burning questions that you have about your current insurance or acquiring new insurance to satisfy your needs.  If you require any type of insurance […]
March 27, 2017
Laws That Govern Insurance

Laws That Govern Insurance

You peruse insurance websites or speak with an insurance broker to find the perfect pairing of coverage to suit your health, life, home or vehicle needs.  Once that insurance is in place, it is a fairly routine process… just keep your insurance premiums paid timely and you’re good to go.  Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it?  You might choose an insurance company based on its longevity, or, perhaps on the advice of a friend, or simply because they offer a terrific […]
March 24, 2017
Matrimonial Laws in NJ

Matrimonial Laws in NJ

A family law attorney hears it all during the course of his or her business day, not to mention legal career.  There are tales of estrangement, trial separation – then the eventual gloom and doom of facing the real relationship reality and divorce is the best option and the next step.  As the case wends its way through the court system, the once-happy couple now seize the opportunity to hurl hurtful barbs at one another. There are happy occasions taking […]
March 22, 2017
Types of Prenup Agreements

Types of Prenup Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are often the butt of many jokes.  Stand-up comedians never lack fodder for their routines when this is the topic.  But, though we might chuckle and get a laugh over the idea of a rich old codger marrying a woman less than half his age, or, the wrinkly old woman marrying her pool boy, these are real stories that happen every day.  Unfortunately, though family members may try to dissuade the union, it happens anyway, AFTER a prenuptial […]
March 20, 2017
Advice for Home Sellers

Legal Advice for Home Sellers

Some things you just cannot wing it or go it alone, and this is very true when you are ready to sell your home.  Even if you are a detail-oriented person, chances are the whole process will not transpire without some issues taking place, and, sometimes it is those small issues that become big issues if there is not an attorney on board from the beginning.  You might already have a top family law attorney in New Jersey that could […]
March 17, 2017
Advice for Home Buyers

Legal Advice for Home Buyers

The biggest asset you will ever own is a home, so whether you are purchasing a condo, starter home or a mansion, it is a transaction that would go much more smoothly when you hire an attorney who specializes in real estate transactions.  A real estate lawyer is experienced in the law of real property, skilled in dealing with any issues or problems that may arise during the home-buying process.  In some states, lawyers may be specialized as “Real Property […]
March 15, 2017
Garnishment

What is Garnishment?

Even though your intentions may be good to pay off that debt, or routinely and timely pay alimony or child support, you may not be able to follow through.  Perhaps you got laid off and are unable to find a job right away, or become ill and do not receive a regular paycheck.  As you peruse your list of obligations, you realize payment for some of them will not happen until you are back on your feet.  Experts in money […]
March 13, 2017
Your Rights After an Arrest

What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

If you are a big fan of TV police dramas, you no doubt are familiar with the terminology “Miranda rights”.  You might have first heard Sergeant Joe Friday from the old “Dragnet” series mirandize a perpetrator, or, more recently you watched any of the detectives in the many “Law and Order” shows give the Miranda warning to the bad guy by uttering the following words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used […]
March 10, 2017
minimum wage and the poverty level

How Does the Minimum Wage Work?

The United States of America is considered a progressive nation, but, when it comes to establishing a minimum wage law for its hardworking residents, you might be surprised to learn that the first federal minimum wage laws in America were not passed until 1938 and were instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd president.   The name of the actual federal law that enacted the minimum wage was introduced as a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Up until […]
March 8, 2017
History of the Minimum Wage

The History of the Minimum Wage

Most people today have worked in a minimum-wage position at some time in their life.  For most, it was a high school job to earn money for incidentals that were not paid for by their parents, like a car or even tuition for college.  Not everyone is lucky enough to win a college scholarship and who wants to carry a student loan way into their actual working career? Back in the day, that minimum wage payment was sufficient for your […]
March 6, 2017
State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Laws

State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Law

Most people go to work, get their paycheck, enjoy their compensated time off and never give much thought to the myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws that have enabled them to enjoy certain rights and benefits in the workplace.  Both federal and state governments within the United States have enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. A common legal question is:  what are the differences, if any, […]
March 3, 2017
Employment Protection Laws for Independent Contractors

Employment Protection Laws for Independent Contractors

For many people, it is a lifelong dream to tender their notice to the boss and work for themselves.  What could be better than being answerable only to you, setting your own hours, foregoing a horrendous twice-daily commute and best of all, not having to endure the endless germs that circulate around the office come Winter time?  Sure you might miss the lunches with your co-workers, but you’ll get over it. If you’re thinking of bringing your dream to fruition, […]
March 1, 2017
Laws That Protect Employees

Laws That Protect Employees

The Great Recession of 2008 taught Americans a lot, primarily, to save more and spend less by cutting back on those little luxuries and frivolous expenses that were formerly just taken for granted. The Recession of 2008 also taught our nation a lot about the workplace.  While we might have formerly thought we were not expendable, layoff notices went out and many persons were disheartened to discover we were not as important in our jobs as we thought.  Still others […]