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What are marital assets?

When a marriage comes to an end, the division of property can take center stage – but you can’t really talk about what there is to divide or how to do it until you fully understand what is (and isn’t) a marital asset. The longer you’ve been married, the harder...

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How long does alimony last?

Alimony is a type of financial support that is sometimes ordered by the court during a divorce and sometimes agreed upon by spouses who are negotiating a property division settlement. For example, perhaps one spouse is a CEO who makes millions of dollars a year. The other spouse is a...

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Beware of spending on joint credit cards during divorce

When spouses have joint credit card accounts and bank accounts, what they purchase is not private. Their spouse can check the statements and see exactly what they purchased, when they did so, where they were and how much they spent. This information is recorded with each credit or debit card...

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Can I protect my inheritance in divorce?

Money troubles are at the heart of a lot of divorces, but sometimes it’s not the absence of money that causes conflict. A large influx of wealth can also be the source of disputes, especially if a couple has vastly different financial habits and goals. Put a “saver” and a...

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Why hiding assets during divorce is not a good idea

Those who are preparing for divorce in New Jersey often worry about their finances after filing. People know they will need to share property and that their living situation and financial accounts may abruptly change. One common tactic to better ensure financial solvency after an initial separation involves starting a...

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How social media posting can hurt your divorce

Once a divorce gets started, most people just want to get through the process as quickly, easily and peacefully as possible. If you feel like any of those goals resonate with you, then do yourself a favor: Stay off social media. If you’re unwilling to avoid social media entirely (and...

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Considering Divorce? Be careful what you text on a shared plan

Nowadays, mobile phones are an important resource in re: how people connect with their communities. Devices let someone text their family members or make a call to a client or employer. When someone goes through a difficult time, they will likely rely on their phone to help them tap into...

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How are retirement accounts affected in divorce?

One of the first questions people have when they start thinking about divorce is how the end of their marriage will affect their finances. Most people have heard horror stories about people losing so much property that their standard of living drastically shifts, and such tales might deter people in...

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Top 3 ways house is divided during the split

Fair doesn’t always mean equal. When a divorce happens in New Jersey, the equitable distribution rules mean that a couple’s assets and debts are supposed to be divided in a way that’s fair, which may or may not mean 50/50. Couples can usually decide how to divide a lot of...

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Who gets custody in New Jersey?

Your children are probably the most important people in your life. Becoming a parent changes you, and your children will influence every decision you make. In fact, your children could very well be why you haven’t yet decided to file for divorce. Many New Jersey residents have heard horror stories...

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How do divorcing business owners split the family business?

Family businesses are incredibly common, but they can come with some interesting complexities. For example, maybe two people decided to get married, and then they later started a business together. Now they’ve decided that they’re going to get divorced. If they weren’t joint business owners, this would just be a...

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When can child support be modified in New Jersey?

Children can be caught in the middle of a New Jersey family law case. Often, this happens while it is in progress as part of a divorce and there is a dispute over child custody, parenting time and child support. However, even after the divorce is finalized, there can still...

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How long does child support last in New Jersey?

Providing support to a child is an important parental responsibility after divorce or the end of a relationship. New Jersey law sets forth the length that this support must continue and when it can end. Emancipation In general, child support ends in New Jersey when the child becomes emancipated, or...

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How alimony works in New Jersey

Alimony, sometimes referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support, is an important form of financial protection during and after divorce. Alimony allows someone who has been dependent on their spouse to begin living independently again at the end of the marriage. It is common for one spouse to sacrifice...

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2 ways that same-sex marriage creates unique divorce concerns

Same-sex couples in New Jersey have the right to get married, and that means that they may eventually also need to file for divorce. Unfortunately, given that same-sex marriages are relatively new, same-sex divorces can be a bit more challenging to complete than standard heterosexual divorces. Although many areas of...

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Child custody comes in different categories

Child custody has several different components to it that it helps divorcing parents to understand. Once they know the different types of child custody and child custody arrangements, they can better navigate negotiating their own child custody agreement. What are the different types of child custody in New Jersey? There...

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How does asset division work in New Jersey divorce?

Although it can be an emotional process, divorce is also a major financial transaction. If handled improperly, you could be left without the financial stability that you need and deserve post-marriage dissolution. If you want to avoid that outcome, then you should educate yourself on the law so that you...

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How much alimony will I have to pay?

Property division is a key concern for many divorcing couples. While this includes bank and retirement accounts, real estate, and pieces of personal property, it can also include alimony. But if you’re confronting an alimony fight, then you probably have two questions on your mind: how long is alimony going...

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How will I pay for my divorce?

There are many issues to address in divorce from child support and child custody to division of assets and alimony. But divorce also comes with expenses such as legal fees. Depending on the circumstances, courts may order your estranged spouse to pay for your legal fees. Courts may order spouse...

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