Family Law

August 18, 2017

Trends in Divorce and Family Law

Divorce is a painful, often embarrassing subject for everyone involved. Once the decision has been reached to cut ties with a loved one, drawing out the process in a long and argumentative divorce only worsens the already strained relationship. If the separated couple had children together, the strain becomes even stronger. With these impending difficulties in mind, knowledge of the trends in divorce and family law can help families prepare for their next steps during this unpredictable time. Here are […]
August 17, 2017

Common Questions about Estate Planning

Everyone has an estate, even those who do not consider themselves wealthy.  An estate is comprised of anything someone owns including their home, vehicle, bank accounts, life insurance policies and other personal possessions like jewelry.  Estate planning is the process of determining what will be given to who (individuals and organizations), when an untimely death occurs.  Top family law attorneys emphasize the critical nature of estate planning.  Here are some of the most common questions they receive regarding this topic.
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 […]
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 […]
June 30, 2013

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

A divorce is never an easy situation to find oneself in; and many times proceedings can seem like they continue forever before they come to an end. A NJ family attorney can help couples file a collaborative divorce which is a new alternative to the traditional process. Collaborative divorce law allows the spouses to work with attorneys who will help them negotiate the terms of a divorce in a much friendlier and peaceful environment. Each spouse will hire a collaborative […]
May 25, 2013

How to Protect Business Assets from Divorce

Marriages are tough and over half of them end in divorce. When this happens things can get messy, assets are split up and things divided. This includes personal and business assets, as well as properties. Dividing retirement plans is a big part of divorce as well. It is a good idea to plan ahead for possible future problems when getting married. A prenuptial agreement will go a long way in preventing losses down the road. When couples get married they […]
May 21, 2013

Is Common Law Legal in NJ?

New Jersey is a common law state. In the United States there are two basic legal systems which govern marital property: common law and community property. The community property system is founded on Spanish law and is usually practiced in the western and south western portions of the United States. Alaska offers couples the right to opt in for community property. Common law, on the other hand has its foundation in English law and it is what governs most of […]
May 4, 2013

Common Family Law Questions

Generally speaking, most family members can make decisions together concerning their lives without any type of intervention from outside sources. But there are those times when a family law attorney should be consulted for advice or legal counsel. When a divorce occurs an attorney who is familiar with NJ family law can help couples or families sort through the facts and come to resolutions. Most of the time, NJ family law concentrates on divorce or issues pertaining to child custody […]
February 6, 2013

What is the Difference between Separation and Divorce?

Separation and divorce have different meanings in the legal system when it comes to splitting up properties and dividing retirement assets. For individuals that have basically the same meaning, two people who were married are no longer living together. There are basically three ways that are recognized by the courts to change one’s marital status, annulment, separation or divorce. Each of these concepts has different meanings and will have different affects on property and asset distributions. States that allow civil […]
February 4, 2013

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a binding contract between two people who are intending to get married. The main purpose of this type of premarital contract determines the control of property, child-rearing or financial assets should the couple face a divorce. Typically, a prenuptial agreement is used by one or both spouses in order to keep income and personal property separate during the marriage. In many states an individual who brings a large amount of cash or property into the marriage […]
January 30, 2013

When to Hire a Lawyer

There are some times when it is appropriate to handle legal matters on your own. But there are also some times when it can be detrimental to try and handle matters yourself. It can be difficult to determine which instances are better handled by a legal expert and in which circumstances it is adequate to them yourself. Even though we know that legal representation can be expensive, it can be much more costly to have inadequate representation or expert legal […]
January 28, 2013

Types of Lawyers

At one time or another during your lifetime it is likely that you will need a lawyer for a legal matter. When you need an attorney it is important to know what type will be needed. Lawyers are not generic, they have specific areas of the law in which they are an expert and have experience. They choose one area of the law to concentrate on and then continue their studies in that practice area in order to provide the […]
January 26, 2013

Difference between Criminal Law and Civil Law

State circuit courts and federal district courts handle both criminal and civil cases. Criminal law and civil law have some very distinct differences. If a person is accused of any sort of crime, they will need to hire a criminal lawyer or a civil lawyer. In general, civil law deals with actions that are non-criminal such as contracts, divorce, etc. It is possible to be charged under both types of proceedings, criminal and civil. A good example is OJ Simpson. […]