Child Dependent Tax Deductions

Sam Stoia - Friday, February 08, 2013
When negotiating the final settlement to your New Jersey Divorce, often there are simple solutions to deciding which of the parties will get to claim the child dependent tax deduction. But sometimes there are complexities. Make sure your attorney understands the nuances around this issue. ..

Your child's best interest is the concern of the New Jersey courts.

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, February 05, 2013
When addressing parenting issues such as visitation, residential custody, education, support, it's important to think about why your proposals advance the best interest of your child or children. ..

New Jersey is not a community property state

Sam Stoia - Sunday, January 27, 2013
Therefore you should not automatically assume that all property acquired during the course of a marriage should be divided equally. ..

Keep a calendar or diary of your holiday parenting/visitation time

Sam Stoia - Monday, December 24, 2012
This time of the year New Jersey divorced couples often end up back in court on a post judgment motion for holiday visitation. People especially like to have their child wake up in their home on Christmas morning. Even though most property settlement agreements lay out holiday visitation schedules, parties maintain there was a deviation from that in the previous year to accommodate the other party. The best way to prevent  ..

Big East New Jersey Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, December 06, 2012
I'm a graduate of Seton Hall, so I keep my eye on Big East Basketball. Rutgers University who is joining the Big Ten conference is suing the Big East conference for breach of contract. The suit is exclusively over dollars and fairness. This type of suit very much emulates the issues that arise in personal divorces. ..

New Jersey is a no fault divorce state

Sam Stoia - Sunday, December 02, 2012
Since New Jersey is a no fault divorce state, generally speaking that means the reason for the default will not affect alimony. However, there are exceptions. ..

Your children's education when you're getting divorced

Sam Stoia - Thursday, November 29, 2012
Divorce results in a lot of distraction and a reduction in resources to pay for tuition and other expenses associated with your children's education. Still be mindful to keep your children's best interest in mind. But ask yourself how you would advise your children in their decisions about education if you were not divorced or getting divorced. Of course you and your former spouse can't afford what you can't afford. ..

Bankruptcy and Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, November 29, 2012
If you or your spouse file for bankruptcy around the time of your divorce proceedings you should ask your attorney how this can impact equitable distribution, the division of assets and in some instances alimony. ..

Holiday Child Visitation

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. Child visitation schedule issues can only add to the complications and stress. To reduce possible issues and controversies it may be a good idea to take out your visitation order, your diaries/calendars from previous years, your current calendar and make sure you have a handle on your schedule and events planned. Also, confirm expectations with your former spouse, your child ..

Stoia Law Releases New Website

BE Team - Monday, November 12, 2012
Samuel J Stoia, Attorney at Law, is pleased to announce the release of his new website ( As part of our increasing online presence, Sam Stoia, has released a new website to better serve existing clients and address legal needs throughout New Jersey. ..