Monday, November 4, 2013

Determining Child Support Payments

Through the Department of Human Services, New Jersey offers help for obtaining and modifying child support. Parents can estimate their child support obligation or income upon divorce by using the tools on this site. A judge, however, sets the final amount after considering all of the circumstances pertaining to the divorce petition.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Alimony Reform Bill Would End Permanent Payments

An alimony reform bill A-3909 was introduced in the New Jersey State Assembly and S-2750 in the New Jersey Senate, that would essentially eliminate permanent alimony from the possible assignments of spousal support in divorce cases and provides a presumptive formula to determine the duration and amount of alimony. The bill is modeled after a similar bill in Massachusetts, and probably will not reach the governor’s desk until mid to late 2014.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey provides two options to residents wishing to divorce — fault or no-fault. In either case, at least one spouse must live in New Jersey for one year prior to filing for divorce. There is no specified waiting period, and a judge can grant a divorce at any time following a hearing.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Divorce Interrupted — When one Partner Dies During Divorce

Suppose a couple is married. Then one spouse files for divorce. Now let’s say the second spouse (who did not file for divorce) dies suddenly. Does the surviving spouse — who is technically still the spouse, but was the soon-to-be ex-spouse — inherit the estate?
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Gray Divorce — The Unique Needs of Couples Divorcing Over 50

A study from the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio concluded that divorce among couples over 50 has doubled since 1980. This growing trend — also referred to as gray divorce — reflects the demographics of an aging baby boomer generation. The study also showed that older couples with previous marriages are two and a half times more likely to get divorced than younger couples in their first marriage.
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