Can Marijuana Use Impact What Happens With Your Children in a Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Monday, October 15, 2018
Medical marijuana was signed into law in the State of New Jersey in 2010. If you follow the local news, it appears that recreational cannabis will be available within the next few months. Meanwhile, you may wonder what all this means to you if you’re going through a divorce. Even if you’re using it legally, could smoking pot have any impact on what happens with your children during a divorce? For years, it ..

Child Support Obligations for Disabled Child: An Interesting Case

Sam Stoia - Friday, October 05, 2018
More than likely, you already understand the premise of child support. Its intent is to ensure your children are financially cared for until a date determined for the court. Emancipation may come at different ages. However, you may wonder what happens to child support obligations for a disabled child. NJSA 2A:17-56.67 ( offers some insight about ..

How a Parenting/Custody Expert Can Help Your Family

Sam Stoia - Thursday, September 27, 2018
There’s something to be said about what comes out of the mouths of babes. When announcing parental separation, children have their own version of the transpiring events. Some will even proclaim that they themselves are getting divorced. Nothing should be further from the truth. When things seem impossible for your family’s future, it might make sense to consider retaining a parenting/custody expert. No doub ..

Court Restricted Parents from Relocating Within NJ: What Now?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, September 20, 2018
It’s not necessarily an issue when parents stay together. However, custody and parenting time present their fair share of challenges. The best interests of the children are no doubt critical. In some cases, this could mean restricting parents from relocating – even within the state of New Jersey. You may already know that the New Jersey statutes specifically address removing a child from the state. NJSA 9:2 ..

The Struggles of Divorcing Parents: Do They Ever End?

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 17, 2018
It’s not just an old expression. Some parents really do stay together for the sake of their children. However, that’s not necessarily in anyone’s best interests. No matter how hard conflicted spouses attempt to hide their issues, the children are almost always aware that love is lost. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to avoid some of the struggles of divorcing parents. No doubt no on ..

Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Friday, September 14, 2018
When it comes down to it, you and your child’s other parent are quite different. Whether you are married or unmarried, this may be the basis for your split. This doesn’t make either of you bad people – or bad parents. However, the differences in your parenting styles may necessitate the appointment of a guardian ad litem. On first appearance, it may seem a bit disconcerting. You know your child is car ..

New Case on Paying for College Offers an Interesting Perspective

Sam Stoia - Thursday, September 13, 2018
Just about every parent has a different view on paying for their children’s college education. For couples who stay together, the choice is often one made together. Some parents decide to fund the entire experience. Others can simply not afford to do so – or feel that their children should financially make their own contributions. Meanwhile, things change when parents divorce and decide to go their separate wa ..

What Happens if Your Spouse Ignores Your Divorce Complaint?

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 10, 2018
To say you’ve had it, would be an understatement. After all, it’s not like your spouse pays attention to paying bills on time. Or, shows up for important events. It isn’t a surprise at all. So, what happens if your spouse ignores your divorce complaint? When it comes to stressful situations, divorce only follows only one other major life event. No doubt that the deaths of a spouse or child represent t ..

Substance Abuse: The Beginning of the End to Your Marriage?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
It was a fairytale wedding. Everyone raved about the setting, the food, and the spectacular entertainment. Looking back, it was more than a little bit of a charade. When substance abuse becomes a part of a marriage, there’s a real possibility that it is the beginning of the end. The signs were all there, but you chose to ignore them. In fact, you made excuses. It didn’t seem like such a big deal that your h ..

Do Dates Matter When It Comes to Equitable Distribution and Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Friday, August 17, 2018
For some, it’s a matter of time. Not everyone in a bad marriage feels the need to run out and file a divorce complaint. In fact, a number of people are just content with living separate lives. Meanwhile, at least one New Jersey couple found that dates matter when it comes to equitable distribution and alimony. No doubt you already understand that there are some time considerations when it comes to filing for a d ..