What Happens to Retirement Accounts When You Get Divorced?

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 06, 2017
You may have heard the nightmare stories. Sometimes, the indignation is even palpable. The prospect of going through a divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) is bad enough. However, the uncertainty of what happens to retirement accounts when you get divorced can make it seem even worse. For some, it may mean dividing up government pensions. Although a number of corporations still reward their employees with pen ..

When do Child Support Obligations Actually End?

Sam Stoia - Friday, February 03, 2017
Your judgment of divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) or a court order may already contain language concerning the termination of your child support obligations. But, what happens if it doesn’t? In the past, the non-custodial parent needed to go back to court to seek relief. Learn how changes in the law can impact your child support (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-support) obligations. This isn’t the ..

Five Tips about Finding Hidden Assets in a Divorce

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Maybe it’s just a gut feeling. However, something just doesn’t make sense. You might have concerns about cash stowed away. Or, question whether your spouse has concealed personal and real property. How are hidden assets relevant to your divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce)? And, how will you find them? First, all marital assets are significant to divorce actions. You may have heard of the term eq ..

The Truth about Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 30, 2017
Caution. You may be alarmed by this statistic. According to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (http://www.njcedv.org/facts-stats/), almost 65,000 domestic violence incidents were reported to police in one year. Forty-four domestic violence incidents resulted in a fatality. And, yes, we are only speaking about New Jersey. The data regarding violation of restraining orders for that same year is equally di ..

Mommy Murdered Daddy. What Happens Now?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 26, 2017
Mommy murdered Daddy. It certainly sounds like an attention-seeking title. However, fatal family domestic violence as a whole represents a startling national statistic. A Bureau of Justice report (https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvs03.pdf) indicates that 22% of murders in one year were related to a family member killing someone in the household. Just what happens with custody of the children in such a case? In c ..

Child Custody for Infants: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Are you under the impression that the law is applied differently when it comes to child custody (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-custody-and-visitation) for infants? If so, you are under a misconception. The court is required to act in your child’s best interests. (http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2016/title-9/section-9-2-4a/) Your child’s age is just one of the fourteen factors considered when making c ..

Know Why You Really Shouldn't Ignore Documents from Family Court?

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 23, 2017
You may not want to get divorced the divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) in the first place. So, it might make sense to you to ignore documents from Family Court. After all, your spouse can’t possibly end the marriage without your permission, right? If your thought process is along these lines, you really need to learn the truth. The fact is that there are most certainly consequences to ignoring document ..

How Financial Mediation Can Save You Time and Money

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 19, 2017
The New Jersey courts have a more formal term for financial mediation. The process is actually known as the Program for Mediation of Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/family/rosters/). It isn’t just regulated to the more populous counties of Morris, Essex and Hudson. It is a statewide program. As we continue our series on settling divorce actions, we’ll explain how finan ..

Spotlight on the Matrimonial Early Settlement Program: What is It?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
We’ve already told you that it’s the court that really wants you to settle your divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-push-for-divorce-settlements). The Matrimonial Early Settlement Program (MESP) (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/essex/family/mesp.html) is one means of working towards that goal. If you are considering a divorce, you need to know how the MESP might app ..

Why Custody and Parenting Time Mediation is Helpful

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 16, 2017
Are you contemplating divorce and have children? Then, our second installment on divorce settlement should be important to you. Custody and parenting time (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-custody-and-visitation) mediation is the first step in the process. Some consider it the most significant one. According to New Jersey court rules (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/r5-8.html), a judge may order mediation when t ..