New Legal Framework for Alimony Reduction Applications

What happens when an alimony-paying spouse loses his or her job and subsequently obtains new employment with a lower salary, rendering him or her unable to afford making the same alimony payments? A recent decision by the New Jersey Superior Court opines on the standard for adjudicating applications for alimony reductions in light of amendments to New Jersey’s alimony statute.

Tips from a Pro - Avoiding the Financial Pitfalls of Divorce

For some going through the divorce process, it makes sense to consult with a vetted and trusted financial advisor.  This individual should be willing and able to work with your attorney and you in developing strategy or calculating risk and benefit scenarios for various outcomes of your matter.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Wear Purple

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level.  

Sandra C. Fava, Esq. to Moderate CLE Seminar: Experts Weigh in on High Conflict Issues in Family Law Cases

Sandra Fava will be moderating at the Essex County Bar Foundation CLE program on September 27, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at Ravello Ristorante in East Hanover. The program, entitled "New Approaches to Old Situations: The Experts Weigh in on High Conflict Issues in Family Law Cases," will include speakers Judith Brown Grief, DSW, LCSW, Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy. D., and Marcy A. Pasternak, Ph. D.

Economic Abuse is Recognized as a Form of Domestic Violence

Following the August 2015 amendments to New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, a New Jersey trial court has recognized economic abuse as a form of domestic violence predicating the issuance of a final restraining order. This decision provides hope to victims who may suffer from historically unrecognized forms of domestic violence, such as economic abuse, which is designed to harass, intimidate and wield improper control over a partner or former partner.

How Cohabitation Impacts Alimony in Review of the 2014 Amendment to NJ’s Alimony Statute

Ambiguities related to the interaction between cohabitation-based alimony modifications and the 2014 amendments to New Jersey’s alimony statute have abounded until the Appellate Court weighed in with a fairly recent decision. This decision affects any ex-spouses who pay or receive alimony, when the recipient spouse has entered a new relationship that is serious enough to be considered tantamount to marriage.

Arbitration: What Happens When One Party is Dissatisfied with the Outcome?

In a divorce, arbitration can be an efficient and effective way to narrow and resolve the many issues that may arise. But what happens when a party disputes the outcome of an arbitrator’s award or the scope of an arbitrator’s power? In the unpublished decision of Sirigotis v. Sirigotis, the Appellate Division reiterated the Court’s limited power to review or vacate arbitrators’ awards under New Jersey’s version of the Uniform Arbitration Act.