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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