Is There Actually Such a Thing as Legal Separation in NJ?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Not everyone who is unhappily married considers divorce the best option. In some religious faiths, marriage is regarded as a permanent commitment that cannot be ended. A number of couples hesitate to divorce – hopeful for the chance of reconciliation. So, what happens in the meantime? Does legal separation exist in New Jersey? You might be surprised. First, there’s the concept of a “Divorce from Bed a ..

Domestic Violence and Due Process: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
It might not seem fair. You and your husband have a few choice words. As far as you’re concerned, there’s not even a hint that you seriously intend to hurt him. Okay, so maybe you did threaten to clobber him over the head with the iron skillet. Not a day goes by before you’re served with a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, you can’t help but wonder Aren’t domestic violence victims entit ..

Be Prepared: Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

Sam Stoia - Thursday, November 08, 2018
For a brief moment, you can’t help to think back to the magic of your wedding day. No doubt you were certain that you’d met the man or woman of your dreams. However, things meant to last an eternity can also end sooner than envisioned. As you prepare for your first meeting with a divorce lawyer (, you should know what to expect. In the first place, what’s the reason you ..

How Cheaters Get Caught By Their Spouses

Sam Stoia - Friday, October 19, 2018
Without a doubt, technology has changed the playing field. Some suspicious husbands and wives employ private detectives to seemingly catch their significant others up to no good. However, a great many take on the task themselves. It might interest you how cheaters ultimately get caught by their spouses. Meanwhile, there’s something you should know. It’s absolutely true that infidelity can be named as a reas ..

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 ..