When You Want to File for an At-Fault Divorce

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
More than likely, you’ve heard that New Jersey is a no-fault divorce state. You’re not exactly sure what that means and don’t really like how it sounds. As far as you’re concerned, your spouse was absolutely to blame for the demise of your marriage. And, you want it made clear to the court and anyone else that will listen. So, can you file for an at-fault divorce? As you look back, you&rsq ..

Parental Alienation: Could You Be Guilty of It?

Sam Stoia - Monday, April 09, 2018
There’s no denying that you don’t exactly like your child’s other parent. In most cases, there’s an additional keyword – anymore. Despite your feelings for your ex, you adore your children. For that reason alone, you need to know the dangers of parental alienation. According to a recent medical journal article (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29169785), parental alienation on its own i ..

What Happens When Men Are Domestic Violence Victims?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, April 04, 2018
You cringe at the thought of it. In fact, you have no plans of sharing your problems with anyone else. You’re afraid you’ll look like a wimp for not standing up to your wife. However, you stand by the idea that men shouldn’t hit women. Besides, you’re reasonably confident that no one will even believe you. You struggle with the thought that the law might consider you a domestic violence victim. Af ..

Psychological Parents: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Monday, March 26, 2018
When it comes to custody and parenting time, most people only consider the struggle between a birth mother and a birth father. However, you should know that other people involved in a child’s life may assert legal rights. Since the year 2000, New Jersey law has recognized the rights of “psychological parents;” individuals who have come to care for and raise a child despite not being a birth parent.  ..

How Long Do You Need to Be Married to Collect Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Your marriage is insufferable. In fact, it’s to the point that divorce seems your only option. Yet, you’re terrified that you won’t financially make it. Meanwhile, you’ve heard that you need to be married a set number of years before you can collect alimony. You’re scared and feel very alone. Four years into your marriage, you and your husband made a decision. You would stay home and raise ..

When You Think a Restraining Order is No Longer Necessary

Sam Stoia - Friday, March 09, 2018
It’s not something you are exactly proud to admit. When you broke up your engagement, things got ugly. In fact, they rose to the level of domestic violence. Ultimately, the court executed a final restraining order (FRO) against you. However, that was then. You’re pretty sure that a restraining order is no longer necessary. Your goal is to have it lifted, so it’s no longer shows up as a blemish.  ..

Seven Myths about Family Law That Might Surprise You

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, March 07, 2018
When it comes down to it, you really shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Truth be told, there are a number of myths about family law that might surprise you. For example, what you think you know about divorce or child custody, may be entirely false. Reality can be a huge eye-opener. All things considered, the end of a marriage can be as devastating as death itself. It’s no wonder that you might take  ..

What You Might Not Know about Restraining Orders (And, Should!)

Sam Stoia - Friday, March 02, 2018
You’re confident that the judge will grant you a final restraining order (FRO). After all, you meet all the qualifications as an ex-husband threatened by his former wife. A temporary restraining order (TRO) is already in place because the police went to the municipal judge on your behalf. You’ll be glad to be under the protection of the court. As it stands, the fact that there is a TRO does say somethin ..

The Real Truth about Recovering Money After a Broken Relationship

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, February 27, 2018
In some ways, it was love at first sight. The two of you met at a local restaurant. Before you knew it, your romance was hot and heavy. Within a few weeks, you moved in together. You added him to your cell phone bill as your plan was cheaper. In fact, you even loaned him money. However, things happened too fast, and you now find yourself in a broken relationship. What are the odds that you’ll recover some of ..

When Your Children's Best Interests is a 50/50 Parenting Plan

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 26, 2018
There was once a time that parents stayed together for the sake of the children. For some, there was a presumption that mothers would be awarded custody. As a result, a great many fathers expressed concern that they would never see their kids unless the family unit remained intact. Fortunately, times have changed. In fact, many courts are ordering 50/50 parenting plans. The idea is to foster environments that are in y ..