Anyone who has been through one will tell you how expensive divorce is - not only financially but emotionally and even physically. Of course, expensive is a relative term and varies by individual, but the theme is a common one. To compound that concern, involve experts.
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.
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.
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.
According to Jewish law, both husband and wife must participate willingly in obtaining a Get, a Jewish divorce document, without which neither party can remarry in a future religious marriage ceremony.
Recently, rumors of trouble in paradise for megastars Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt (known collectively by their media-given, portmanteau name “Brangelina”) were confirmed when the news broke that Jolie-Pitt had filed for divorce from Pitt after their twelve-year relationship, including a two year marriage.
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.
In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court in New Jersey found that a divorcing party’s history of regular savings as part of their marital lifestyle requires the inclusion of savings as a component of alimony even where there is no need to create savings to protect the future payment of alimony to the recipient spouse.
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.
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.