New Case on Paying for College Offers an Interesting Perspective

Sam Stoia - Thursday, September 13, 2018
Just about every parent has a different view on paying for their children’s college education. For couples who stay together, the choice is often one made together. Some parents decide to fund the entire experience. Others can simply not afford to do so – or feel that their children should financially make their own contributions. Meanwhile, things change when parents divorce and decide to go their separate wa ..

What Happens if Your Spouse Ignores Your Divorce Complaint?

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 10, 2018
To say you’ve had it, would be an understatement. After all, it’s not like your spouse pays attention to paying bills on time. Or, shows up for important events. It isn’t a surprise at all. So, what happens if your spouse ignores your divorce complaint? When it comes to stressful situations, divorce only follows only one other major life event. No doubt that the deaths of a spouse or child represent t ..

Substance Abuse: The Beginning of the End to Your Marriage?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
It was a fairytale wedding. Everyone raved about the setting, the food, and the spectacular entertainment. Looking back, it was more than a little bit of a charade. When substance abuse becomes a part of a marriage, there’s a real possibility that it is the beginning of the end. The signs were all there, but you chose to ignore them. In fact, you made excuses. It didn’t seem like such a big deal that your h ..

Do Dates Matter When It Comes to Equitable Distribution and Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Friday, August 17, 2018
For some, it’s a matter of time. Not everyone in a bad marriage feels the need to run out and file a divorce complaint. In fact, a number of people are just content with living separate lives. Meanwhile, at least one New Jersey couple found that dates matter when it comes to equitable distribution and alimony. No doubt you already understand that there are some time considerations when it comes to filing for a d ..

Can Science Really Stop You From Ending Your Marriage?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Marriage advice has been around for decades. For example, take a look at these “helpful hints” excerpted from a January 1956 article of Good Housekeeping magazine (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/relationships/a32635/business-man-needs-a-good-wife/). In that case, the focus was on directing wives to offer support to their husbands. One can only wonder if such guidance helped limit the number of divorces. ..

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 ..