Marital Settlement Agreements: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Thursday, November 30, 2017
Without question, one of the toughest life experiences is ending a marriage. The divorce process ( itself is often the source of great stress. In fact, you may enter into a marital settlement agreement (MSA) to speed up the process. Notwithstanding, you should ensure you know what you are signing before agreeing to anything. Truth be told, divorce settlements are strongly encouraged.  ..

When It Looks Like a History of Domestic Violence Exists

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Victims of domestic violence are often unpredictable. There are those that seek out a restraining order at the slightest verbal provocation. Meanwhile, an amazing number of domestic violence victims wait it out. You might be surprised at how often an application for protective relief involves a history of domestic violence. According to statistics accumulated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (htt ..

Want to Relocate Your Children? Know This First

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Things are looking up for you. Your divorce is final, your children are adjusting to the custody arrangement you have with your ex, and work is going well. In fact, you just got a promotion with a generous raise. The possible drawback is that it requires you to relocate from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The company is going to pay to relocate you, but you have concerns that your ex will have a problem with yo ..

Reinstatement of Dismissed Restraining Order: What You Should Know

Sam Stoia - Thursday, September 28, 2017
In matters involving domestic violence, a restraining order often becomes a reality. In fact, in a prior article (, we gave you some statistics concerning the prevalence of domestic violence in family law cases. Nevertheless, restraining orders can create problems when it comes to some employment and license applications. For t ..

What Happens With Financial Aid When Parents Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, July 13, 2017
No doubt parents and their offspring alike are aware of the enormous expense of college tuition. In our last article, we discussed the obligations that divorced parents may experience when it comes to their children’s tuition. Notwithstanding, funds are not always limitless. In some cases, it may be necessary to explore financial aid resources. Just how does divorce impact the application? The matter is so t ..

Divorced Parents and College Tuition

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
First and foremost, let’s get something out of the way. No doubt you know the importance of your children receiving an education. However, if you were still married to your former spouse, it would be up to you to make the decision to take on the expense of college tuition. For many divorced parents, this is a matter of contention. Understandably so. Of course, this issue is particularly time sensitive. Right ..

Taking Your Children Out of the Country After a Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, June 29, 2017
It’s almost the end of the school year, and you have big vacation plans for your children. After all, they deserve some relaxation to make up for the fact that mom and dad made the decision to divorce. Your journey does include some international travel. Should you be concerned about taking your children out of the country after a divorce ( Actually, it could be simple. Perha ..

What Happens When One Parent Pays Children's Health Benefits?

Sam Stoia - Monday, June 26, 2017
No doubt you recognize the importance of providing health benefits for your children. As a consequence of divorce (, you may be particularly concerned about the costs. How exactly is the financial burden worked out between the parents? First, you should know that all decisions regarding children are made in the best interests. Since health insurance is a definite issue, it is something ..

When You've Had Enough of Your Ex Cyberstalking You

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Some people may not get the hint. Or, apparently not want to. You’ve told your ex you are through. Yet, for some reason, he or she feels that cyberstalking ( is acceptable. You may be relieved to know there are legal remedies for such behavior. After all, enough is enough. Just about everyone has an appreciation for the merits of technology. Nonetheless, it can be  ..

What Happens to Marital Debt After a Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Undoubtedly, you wish it was as simple as a magic wand. Almost all couples would revel in the thought of marital debt being wiped out after a divorce ( Realistically, it’s just not feasible. Obviously, creditors have their own expectations concerning payment. Not surprisingly, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research ( ..