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“Conscious Uncoupling”: An Ode to a Mediated Divorce

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Custody, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Mediation/Arbitration, Practice Issues, Privacy and Confidentiality, Property Settlement Agreements

As a lover of all things Coldplay, I was sad to hear that lead singer Chris Martin and his wife of more than 10 years, Gwyneth Paltrow, were divorcing. Gwyneth Paltrow announced the separation on her website Goop.com and used the term “conscious uncoupling” to describe their approach to divorce.  Although the term had been originally… Continue Reading

Beware the Divorce Litigant Who is Watering the Money Tree With The Tears From Cries of Poverty

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Counsel Fee Awards, Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

Often, cases are given nicknames, sometimes by judges and law clerks, and sometimes by the attorneys.  Sometimes the nicknames come from who the people are – for instance, a case we had several years ago where both parties were models became the “model case” at the courthouse.  Sometimes, the names come from something that one or both… Continue Reading

APPELLATE DIVISION ADDRESSES RETIREMENT APPLICATION UNDER AMENDED ALIMONY LAW

Posted in Alimony, Divorce, Modification

Litigants and family lawyers have eagerly awaited each decision from the Appellate Division that could shed some light on the numerous provisions in the amended alimony law that became effective on September 10, 2014.  On November 6, 2015, the Court released an unpublished (not precedential) decision in Court v. Court, wherein the trial court’s order… Continue Reading

Marriage Is an “Adaptive Economic and Social Partnership”; Even After You Have Been Divorced for 19 Years. How Retirement Impacts Present Alimony Obligations.

Posted in Alimony, Equitable Distribution, Mediation/Arbitration

In the recent matter of Perreault v. Perreault, P.P. and R.P. were divorced in 1996, after 22 years of marriage. Following a hearing, the Court ordered R.P. to pay permanent alimony in the amount of $500.00 per week. Neither the April 29, 1996 Final Judgment of Divorce, nor the August 7, 1996 Order provided that alimony… Continue Reading

APPELLATE DIVISION HOLDS AMENDED ALIMONY LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO POST-JUDGMENT ORDERS FINALIZED BEFORE LAW’S EFFECTIVE DATE

Posted in Alimony, Cohabitants' Rights

With New Jersey’s amended alimony statute becoming effective on September 10, 2014, many questions have arisen as to how the statute will apply and the meaning of many of the new terms contained therein.  The Appellate Division’s newly reported (precedential) decision in Spangenberg v. Kolakowski provides some insight from the judiciary that we have been… Continue Reading

Reflections On The Alimony Statute One Year Later

Posted in Alimony

Today marks the first anniversary of new alimony law.  One year ago today, September 10, 2014, Governor Christie signed into law Bill A-845 which substantially amended the provisions of the New Jersey alimony statute – N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. The major changes to the law are succinctly delineated in the following alert by Eric Solotoff and Robert… Continue Reading

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…BECAUSE YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Divorce, Interspousal Agreements, Modification, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements

As a matter of public policy, New Jersey Courts favor the enforcement of agreements reached between parties. Since Marital Settlement Agreements (“MSA”) are entered into consensually and voluntarily, they are often approached with a predisposition in favor of their validity and enforceability.  That notwithstanding, these agreements are enforceable only if they are fair and equitable.… Continue Reading

Gnall v. Gnall Being Decided On 7/29/15

Posted in Alimony

The long awaited decision in the Gnall case is being released tomorrow (7/29/15).  Previously, we have blogged about the Gnall v. Gnall case.  In this case, the Appellate Division deemed a 15 year marriage to be “long term” and remanded the matter for consideration of permanent alimony. I was fortunate to be one of the… Continue Reading

Imputing Income for Interim Support at the Beginning of a Divorce

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Divorce

The issue of interim support payments comes up in almost every divorce matter.  The law requires that the so-called “status quo” that existed during the marriage be maintained to the extent possible, but what does that even mean when there may now be two households to support, litigation expenses, and other costs that were never… Continue Reading

H is for HIPAA

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Cohabitants' Rights, Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence

Health care information (including mental health information) can be very  important in a family law case in many ways and for many different reasons. In custody matters, the fitness of each parent is front and center of the case.  Often times, a parent’s medical and mental health history will be relevant to the issues that… Continue Reading

WHEN LESS THAN THE FULL AMOUNT IS PAID, WHO GETS TO DECIDE WHETHER IT WAS ALIMONY OR CHILD SUPPORT?

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues

What happens when a support obligor shorts his alimony and child support payments and then tax time comes around?  Of course, since alimony is deductible to the payor, he/she is likely to want to claim that most or all of the payments were alimony in order to get the deduction.  Inevitably, if the recipient doesn’t… Continue Reading

YOU CHEATED, YOU LIED, THE COURT SAYS “WHATEVER”

Posted in Alimony, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

When meeting with a new client whose spouse has cheated on them, the anger, sadness, sense of loss and betrayal is often palpable.  They are quite often resolute that they can never get over their spouse’s indiscretion (though referring to it as an indiscretion seems to minimize it from the victim’s perspective), and proceeding to… Continue Reading

New Years Resolutions: How to Be a Good Divorce Client

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Interspousal Agreements

In the spirit of New Years resolutions, I thought I would give my top 10 resolutions on how to be a good divorce client. 1.         Give me the information I am asking for in a timely manner.  I realize your time is valuable. I realize that it takes a significant amount of time to compile… Continue Reading

IS IT A PROBLEM THAT TWO DIFFERENT JUDGES CAN LOOK AT THE SAME FACTS AND ONE WOULD SAY PERMANENT ALIMONY AND ONE WOULD NOT?

Posted in Alimony, Practice Issues

Last week, I blogged about the fact that the Supreme Court was going to be hearing argument on the Gnall v. Gnall case on November 12, 2014.  I watched part of the argument streaming on the judiciary website and the rest of it later when it was posted to the site.  For those of you… Continue Reading

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES ALIMONY REFORM BILL

Posted in Alimony, Modification

After almost three years of legislative discussions, negotiations, arguments, and the like, alimony reform is coming to New Jersey in what is turning out to be light speed.  Late last week, the New Jersey State Assembly unanimously passed a compromised form of long-debated legislation that would represent what many consider to be a substantial overhaul of New… Continue Reading

APPELLATE DIVISION UPHOLDS AWARD OF PERMANENT ALIMONY IN 12 YEAR MARRIAGE WHERE WIFE SUFFERED FROM LUPUS

Posted in Alimony, Divorce

While there are few issues more controversial in New Jersey family law than that of permanent alimony, one circumstance in which courts have been relatively consistent in rendering such an award – where the circumstances may have, without such fact, merited a different result – is where the payee spouse suffers from some form of malady.  This was the… Continue Reading

Ability to Pay Hearings: A Refresher in the Limits of Coercive Incarceration

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues

“Why won’t they throw him in jail?  He is $10,000 in arrears in child support!”  This is a sentiment many matrimonial practitioners frequently hear from their clients. Often times clients think that courts automatically throw an obligor spouse in jail for the non-payment of support.  While not uncommon in other states, in truth, the use… Continue Reading