Divorce & Family Law Blog

  • If we don’t get married, do I have to give back the engagement ring?

    by DLG | May 4, 2016 | Blog

    One of the most common questions asked of divorce attorneys is whether you need to give back the engagement ring if the engagement is broken. In short, the answer is “yes.” Generally, under the 1990 Appellate Division case of Winer v. Winer, “[a]n engagement ring is a conditional gift. The condition [of the gift] is […]

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  • What to do when the judge gets it wrong: motions for reconsideration explained.

    by DLG | May 3, 2016 | Blog

    If judges were perfect, we wouldn’t need a court of appeals. Unfortunately for many going through the divorce process, judges can and often do get issues wrong. Fortunately, however, there is a sliver of hope: the motion for reconsideration. While it can be difficult to get a judge to think again on a decision he […]

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  • Custody – Strategic Pursuit

    by DLG | May 22, 2015 | Blog

    I recently had the chance to advise a client at the beginning of a divorce. The only real issue between her and her soon-to-be-ex is custody. Unfortunately, her husband lives several states away. The residential custodian is likely to have the kids almost 100% of the time, with the noncustodial parent visiting once a month […]

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  • Skip child support. Go to jail. Lose job. Repeat.

    by DLG | April 30, 2015 | Blog

    A vicious cycle exists in the family courts: Skip child support. Go to jail. Lose job. Repeat. Walter Scott is now known nationwide as the unarmed black man shot fatally in the back on video in North Charleston, South Carolina. You can view the video here. Fair warning, however, it is graphic. Recent details released […]

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  • “Parental Alienation” – My ex is turning our child against me!

    by DLG | April 4, 2015 | Blog

    What is parental alienation? Divorces can get ugly, feelings get hurt, and parents often feel validated when the children take sides. Unfortunately, one parent actively discouraging a child from having a loving and meaningful relationship with the other is extremely common. This is referred to as “parental alienation.” Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a term […]

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  • ‘I Love You More Than…’ Grief & Separation Post-Divorce

    by DLG | February 26, 2015 | Blog

    We deal with divorce and family law issues day in and day out at the DeTommaso Law Group. It gives us more than enough time to reflect on love, loss, separation, and anxiety. Ultimately, we much prefer to focus on our clients’ inevitable recovery, progress, and growth. Even so, one common thread throughout many of our […]

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  • Marriage Annulments in New Jersey

    by DLG | January 22, 2015 | Blog

    For one reason or another, many couples who have gotten married seek to either have their marriage annulled or to get divorced. The major difference between an annulment and a divorce is that, for an annulment, the reason for the dissolution must have occurred prior to the marriage. In a divorce, the reason for ending the […]

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  • Free New Jersey Divorce Guide: Now Available!

    by DLG | January 6, 2015 | Blog

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the DeTommaso Law Group’s free Guide to Divorce in New Jersey! Our free divorce guide covers topics including child support, alimony, domestic violence, custody and visitation, prenuptial agreements, and division of property (also known as equitable distribution). We endeavor to cover the very basic concepts in each […]

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  • Empty chairs for Thanksgiving? Read about holiday parenting time in New Jersey.

    by DLG | November 21, 2014 | Blog

    Holidays can be extremely stressful for those going through divorce. For many, it’s the first time in years they have been away from their children over the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s all too common in this State. We are writing today to explore the various ways in which the court may treat a request for holiday […]

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  • Child Support in New Jersey: Calculation, Enforcement, Modification, and Termination

    by DLG | November 20, 2014 | Blog

    Child support is a critical issue in family law, and it is often hotly-contested between litigants. In this article, we will discuss how child support is set, enforced, modified, and terminated. We caution readers, however, that judges are vested with broad discretion in Divorce and Family Law matters. The general principles below are just that: […]

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