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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce). 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/ ..

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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/the-truth-about-your-children-s-best-interests) remain paramount in determining what happens with them. In fact, NJSA 9:2-4a (https://law.justia.com/codes/n ..

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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/division-of-property-and-assets). 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/about). New Jersey laws don’t exactly spell  ..

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 ..