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 In the unpublished decision of Sirigotis v. Sirigotis, the Appellate Division reiterated the Court’s limited power to review or vacate arbitrators’ awards under New Jersey’s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.

Financial Support While Your Divorce is Pending: Interpretation of the New Statute

A recent decision by the New Jersey Superior Court (Ocean County) dispels a common misconception in how parties argue (and judges decide) pendente lite (while the divorce is pending) applications for alimony. This decision enunciates a standard with which pendente lite alimony applications could be adjudicated in light of the 2014 amendments to New Jersey’s alimony statute.


The issue of when to retire and how retirement will affect a payor’s alimony obligation is not new to family law practitioners, judges or litigants.  What has evolved is the consideration of when to retire under New Jersey’s recently amended alimony statute.  Under New Jersey's recently amended alimony statute, a party may seek to terminate or modify his or her spousal support obligation based upon an actual or prospective retirement.