Practice Areas

Divorce

The decision to seek a divorce marks a critical and often painful crossroads. How people handle this challenge can affect the course of their lives for years to come. Finding a New Jersey divorce attorney that understands an individual's situation and needs is important. Finding competent legal advice for New Jersey family law related issues is vital.

Sam attentively guides his clients through the divorce process to a better future. His goal is to help them make a successful transition to the next stage of their lives. This requires the legal and financial skills essential to navigating through the difficult transitions that often arise from a dissolution of marriage. This starts with negotiating pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, identifying and valuing businesses and other assets, and includes issues involving spousal support, child custody, visitation and support, and when necessary, litigating at trials and appeals in matrimonial cases. In all cases, Sam is an attentive and compassionate legal advocate for his family law clients.



Alimony

The law governing alimony is complex and includes many factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • Each party's source(s) of income
  • The impact of the custodial parent's employment on the needs of the minor children

Whether you are seeking alimony or you have been requested to pay spousal support, it is in your best interest to seek the guidance of experienced counsel. Sam protects the legal rights of his clients by diligently working to ensure their legal rights are protected and that any order or agreement for alimony is fair, equitable, and an adequate reflection of their specific needs.



Division of property and assets

The division of assets or equitable distribution are often focal points in a divorce settlement or litigated matter. These are crucial issues whether the parties have little property or are involved in high net income divorces. Sam's clients have the benefit of his substantial financial background, as well as trained negotiation skills.

Dividing property in a divorce is more complex than it may seem on first review. First, careful study and research is necessary to be sure that all property is accounted for and inventoried. Next, the property needs to be categorized as either marital or non-marital. Finally, the property must be valued and then divided.



Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody and parental visitation is a challenging yet a critical aspect of family law litigation. Decisions must be made that will have a significant impact on your children. Child custody and visitation requires consideration of the best interests of the child. At Stoia Law, navigating these challenging issues with care is balanced with the requisite analysis of the situation and an understanding of the law.



Child Support

Few parents would deny that their children are entitled to support from both parents. Even if they would dispute this issue, the New Jersey courts have consisted rules in places based on this premise. New Jersey family laws include distinct child support guidelines. Whether child support is sought because of a divorce or by unwed parents, the court enforces these guidelines. In particular, they are a requirement for those whose net combined income is below $187,200



Relocation

It is not uncommon for a parent to want or need to relocate for a variety of reasons, including career opportunities. Your child’s best interest is integral to that decision. Navigating New Jersey law necessitates the guidance of an attorney who is sensitive to your needs and understands the law.



Grandparent visitation

A healthy relationship is important to the healthy development and well-being of a child. Grandparents are often key players in the rearing of a child and they have protected rights. Ensuring that your child or grandchild’s relationship with his or her grandparents remains intact is something that should be protected.



Domestic Partnership and Civil Union

The New Jersey State Legislature has made some progress with regard to rights of same sex couples, but still has a ways to go to granting full marriage equality to all New Jersey constituents. Your rights and interests should not go unaddressed. A command of the law as it pertains to your needs, in conjunction with an intimate understanding of financial matters, is especially integral to addressing these issues.



Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

In New Jersey, premarital agreements are often referred to as prenuptial agreements. As the name implies, postnuptial agreements are drafted after the finalization of marriage or civil union. Although these tools are often thought of as instruments for the rich and famous, their practicality extends beyond high asset divorces.

The statistics regarding civil union dissolution and divorce are unfortunately high. While a difficult topic to discuss before or during a marriage or civil union, a well prepared and thought out prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can ultimately reduce the strains associated with dissolving a relationship.