Your Children's College Expenses as a Legal Issue

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Around this time of year, there’s a great deal of excitement in many households. After all, it’s the time that acceptance letters come in and decisions must be made. You may know this first hand when it comes to your own child’s college expenses ( In fact, it may represent a legal issue to you. Some parents ..

What Does Overnight Parenting Time Have To Do With Child Support?

Sam Stoia - Friday, April 05, 2019
In New Jersey, a great deal goes into determining child support obligations ( No doubt it’s much more than deciding affordability and the child’s needs. Overnight parenting time factors in as well. The New Jersey Rules of Court, specifically Rule 5:6A ( provide an introduction to the use of Child Support Guideli ..

What in the World Does Domestic Contretemps Mean?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, March 21, 2019
Rest assured. If you’ve never heard of domestic contretemps, you’re not alone. However, it may be something you learn about if you’re in the process of getting divorced ( For that matter, you could hear the term used even if you’re staying in your marriage. Likewise, the court may find that disagreements you have with your former spouse also equate to domestic contre ..

How to Make Co-Parenting Work for Your Children

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, March 05, 2019
No one says it’s necessarily going to be easy. However, for some mothers and fathers – the concept of co-parenting just makes sense. After all, it boils down to what’s in the best interests of the children. In fairness, even some couples that stay together have a hard time coming to an agreement regarding parenting their children. For one, it’s a rare family where Little Johnny doesn’t kno ..

When You Settle Your Divorce Through Voluntary Mediation

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 25, 2019
The fact that you’re contemplating divorce undoubtedly represents some amount of despair. However, it also acts like a step to the next part of your life. Throughout the process, you encounter many choices. Among them, is whether you want to let the court make decisions regarding your future. For this reason, many couples elect to settle their divorce through voluntary mediation ( ..

Divorce and Your Health Insurance: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Thursday, February 21, 2019
All types of contracts come with expiration dates. That said, marriage is not one of them. In fact, despite disagreements within the partnership, many couples stay together. Sometimes, it’s for the “sake of the kids” or religious convictions. Meanwhile, you may hesitate to void the marital contract for another reason. Are you concerned about how divorce will impact your health insurance? More than l ..

Changing Your Children's School After a Divorce

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Raising children together is hard enough. However, when couples split, the issues become more complicated. Among the decisions may become changing your children’s school after a divorce. The best interests of the children ( remain paramount in determining what happens with them. In fact, NJSA 9:2-4a ( ..

Deferred Compensation: How Will It Be Divided When You Split Up?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The decision to divorce comes with more than its share of financial issues. Among other things, you may be confused about the whole point of equitable distribution ( For one, will your deferred compensation count as marital property and therefore be eligible for division? Many businesses offer deferred compensation as additional incentives for their employees. In ..

Will Your Home Team Break Up After the Super Bowl?

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 28, 2019
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. Whether you’re a regular football fan or not, you’ll likely join in some festivities. Unfortunately, your thoughts may drift to other unpleasant matters. Things not going well in your marriage? Is it your own home team that’s destined to break up? More than likely, your divorce won’t be based on your spouse rooting for the opposition. While that might ..

Worried Your Divorce Will Affect Your Parental Rights?

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 21, 2019
“Leave me, and you’ll never see your children again.” A haunting phrase, for sure. For some, it might even sound a bit more than a threat. No doubt you might be worried that divorce can affect your parental rights. For sure, it should be one of the top reasons that you seek out the counsel of an experienced family law attorney ( New Jersey laws don’t exactly spell  ..