See What Happened in this Case Involving Cohabitation and Alimony

Sam Stoia - Monday, August 13, 2018
Getting divorced does not mean it is impossible to find love again. However, new relationships do not necessarily mean a subsequent wedding is in the cards. More and more couples are electing to live together in place of remarriage. So, what is the impact of cohabitation on alimony payments? Just about everyone knows that alimony payments cease once the recipient remarries. However, what about dating relationships? Whe ..

You Don't Have to be Married to be a Domestic Violence Victim

Sam Stoia - Monday, July 09, 2018
Did you know? You don’t have to be married to be a domestic violence victim. In fact, you don’t need any familial relationship at all. It’s not just spouses, siblings or offspring that can request restraining orders. However, before you jump to conclusions, your disagreement with your neighbor does not necessarily mean you’re protected by the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. (https://www.judicia ..

Getting Remarried? What This Divorce Lawyer Wants You to Know

Sam Stoia - Thursday, June 28, 2018
You’re ready to give it another go. Even though your first or second marriage didn’t work out, you’re pretty sure you’ve finally found the right one. The idea of having a divorce lawyer all ready to go? Sounds terribly unromantic and foreboding, right? Let’s just say it’s more about being smart. All things considered, you might have learned from your past experiences. Even “ma ..

Divorce Mediation: Could It Help End Things Easier?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
People end marriages for a variety of reasons. That said, not all divorces are filled with animosity. In fact, a number of people recognize that compromise is often the best solution when it comes to calling it quits. This poses an interesting question. Could divorce mediation make your split easier? First, there are some individuals where the concept of divorce mediation is not a good solution. For example, if you or ..

When It Looks Like a Change in Circumstances is Self-Created

Sam Stoia - Friday, June 15, 2018
Do you know the relevance of a change in circumstances as it applies to family law? It has everything to do with whether or not you can pursue a modification of a support agreement. No doubt situations change with the passage of time. However, neither party can arbitrarily decide to increase or decrease any kind of court-ordered support payments. It’s up to the court to consider the validity of modification requests ..

Can Your Spouse Legally Spy on You?

Sam Stoia - Friday, June 08, 2018
Those who love – should also trust. However, that’s not always the case with married couples. All things considered, most marry for love. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that every husband or wife trusts his or her partner. In fact, some use extreme tactics, including surveillance monitors. No doubt the whole concept sounds like an invasion of privacy. Can your spouse legally spy on you? Technology h ..

Imputing Income in NJ: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, June 05, 2018
When it comes to earnings, not everything is black and white. Depending on the circumstances, imputing income may be necessary. It gives the court numbers to work with regarding the calculation of child support or alimony. First and foremost, you need to understand the concept and significance of imputed income. In your case, you may have tax forms or pay stubs documenting your earnings. However, what happens if your s ..

What You Need to Avoid in a High-Net-Worth Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, May 31, 2018
To outsiders, it may seem that you have “the life.” After all, you own a big house and drive a fancy car. However, as trite as it sounds, money doesn’t buy happiness. If you’re about to become a party to a high-net-worth divorce, you most likely know it firsthand. In fact, you might consider the abundance of assets as part of your problem. For certain, wealth is a relative term. It could be that ..

Behind the Scenes of Your Marital Standard of Living

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, May 29, 2018
If you haven’t already figured it out, New Jersey family law has its share of catchphrases. You might already have some inkling about the significance of your marital standard of living. However, when does it come into play? More importantly, what determines how you lived as a couple? Establishing a marital standard of living is a critical factor in many cases involving child support or alimony (spousal support. ..

When a Narcissist is Ruining Your Marriage

Sam Stoia - Thursday, May 24, 2018
As you look back, you are surprised you dismissed the signs. You also aren’t sure how long you can go on living with a narcissist. It’s not just he or she is ruining your marriage. It might seem as though your whole life is falling apart. Unfortunately, your visions of the future are more than bleak. Just about everybody has heard about narcissistic behavior. Admittedly, some people are pocket psychologists ..