Divorce & Family Law Blog

  • 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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  • In Defense of Divorce: Why Leaving a Bad Relationship Can Be a Good Idea

    by DLG | November 11, 2014 | Blog

    Many parents stay in unhealthy marriages for years for the children, but experience shows that divorce can actually improve the environment in which we raise our sons and daughters. Huffington Post recently published an interesting article (In Defense of Divorce) wherein the author argues persuasively that divorce “can be a wonderful thing.” He writes of his […]

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  • Can I afford a divorce? (Awards of Counsel Fees in NJ)

    by DLG | November 9, 2014 | Blog

    The issue of costs is one of the first on a person’s mind when considering divorce. Many New Jersey residents are generally aware that the process is both time consuming and costly, but they have little idea concerning exactly how much it will cost or how long it will take. In truth, the price range […]

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  • Credibility Determinations and Domestic Violence

    by DLG | November 7, 2014 | Blog

    An unpublished Appellate Division decision was released this morning that provides some insight concerning domestic violence proceedings and the credibility determinations of trial judges: L.G. v. M.B. If you are involved in a domestic violence proceeding or may experience a trial of any kind, we feel that it’s worth the short read. A fact that […]

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  • The Moment You Knew You Were Getting Divorced

    by DLG | October 31, 2014 | Blog

    For every divorcee, there was a moment at which he or she realized it was over. There was a tipping point in the relationship. This article from the Huffington Post asked their readers to share “The Moment I Knew,” and got some amazing responses. We would love to hear from you out there as well. When […]

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  • Domestic Violence in Divorce: the Shrien Dewani Trial as a Cautionary Tale

    by DLG | October 22, 2014 | Blog

    Shrien Dewani stands accused of arranging the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani, who died of a single bullet wound to the neck in the back of a hijacked taxi while the two were on honeymoon in South Africa. Anni’s family and friends have noted that Shrien seemed cold and controlling. Some report that Anni wanted a divorce, […]

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  • “What is divorce at 48? An opportunity.”

    by DLG | October 16, 2014 | Blog

    Divorce is, obviously, a legal proceeding. Even so, it’s a human process, too. Divorcing from our long-term spouses can leave us feeling lonely, discouraged, and desperate, but it doesn’t have to! For most people, it’s going to hurt and then it’s going to get much, much better. Click here to read one woman’s account of how […]

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  • Res Judicata (or why you need to get it right the first time in Court)

    by DLG | October 15, 2014 | Blog

    Res judicata is a Latin term still used in Courts across the country today. It’s also referred to as “claim preclusion,” and its English translation is “a matter judged.” The term refers broadly to the doctrine barring relitigation of claims that have already been decided. In essence, the doctrine of res judicata provides that a […]

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  • Active vs. Passive Assets in the High-Value Divorce of Oil Magnate Harold Hamm

    by DLG | October 13, 2014 | Blog

    The divorce proceeding of oil magnate Harold Hamm serves as a teachable moment for those considering or going through divorce. While the proceeding is being heard in Oklahoma, that State has equitable distribution laws similar to those in New Jersey. In community property states, all assets are divided equally. Equitable distribution states, on the other hand, […]

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  • Disputes over the right preschool for your child? Read here!

    by DLG | October 11, 2014 | Blog

    The trial court opinion of Judge Jones in Ocean County was recently approved for publication on October 9, 2014, and it address in detail how the Court should treat disputes between divorced parents over where their children will attend preschool. The Court held that when a child attends pre-school as a form of work-related day […]

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