Spotlight on the Matrimonial Early Settlement Program: What is It?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
We’ve already told you that it’s the court that really wants you to settle your divorce ( The Matrimonial Early Settlement Program (MESP) ( is one means of working towards that goal. If you are considering a divorce, you need to know how the MESP might app ..

Why Custody and Parenting Time Mediation is Helpful

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 16, 2017
Are you contemplating divorce and have children? Then, our second installment on divorce settlement should be important to you. Custody and parenting time ( mediation is the first step in the process. Some consider it the most significant one. According to New Jersey court rules (, a judge may order mediation when t ..

What You Need to Know about the Push for Divorce Settlements

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
You may not realize it. It’s the court who actually wants you to settle the issues of your divorce. In Part One on our series of divorce settlements, we’ll go over some of the reasons. We’ll also discuss the methods used to negotiate some of the aspects of your divorce ( action. For some, the concept of settling a divorce matter sounds like a terrible idea. You may  ..

How Important is a Forensic Accountant to Your Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 09, 2017
You may have heard the comparison before. Divorce ( is like the dissolution of a business partnership. Although there is conceivably more emotion involved at the end of a marriage, there are many financial considerations. Often, a forensic accountant is a valuable asset to the divorce attorney’s expert team. Make no mistake. Forensic accountants aren’t just important to th ..

Court Reviews Interesting Case on Limited Duration Alimony

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Are you under the impression that alimony ( is only an issue if you’ve been married a specific number of years? Not true. Different types of alimony apply to a multitude of situations. One example is limited duration alimony. We’ve spoken before about how the length of alimony awards ( ar ..

Why do More People File for Divorce in January?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 03, 2017
It’s the holiday season and a time for joy. Or, so the story goes. If that’s the truth, it leaves a question. Why do more people file for divorce ( in January? According to one news article (, some have dubbed the first Monday after Christmas as “Divorce Monday.” The reaso ..

How to Change a Consent Order for Grandparent Visitation

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
You thought it was a good idea at the time to agree to grandparent visitation ( Even though your ex signed away parental rights, you had no problem with his parents. You even agreed to a consent order formalizing grandparent visitation. Something changed, and you now regret your decision. What now? First, let’s take a step backward. Our guess is that you agreed  ..

Are Support Obligations More if Your Child is Gifted?

Sam Stoia - Monday, November 28, 2016
Not sure how child support obligations are calculated? You may want to take a look at our brief summary ( New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A ( sets forth the Child Support Guidelines. Although they are intended to offer insight regarding establishment or modification of child support ( ..

The Hidden Danger of Representing Yourself in a Divorce

Sam Stoia - Friday, November 25, 2016
You might already know this. There is no law that prevents you from representing yourself in a divorce. ( This doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good thing. In fact, self-representation comes with its share of hidden danger. A recent New Jersey Appellate Court unpublished opinion ( underscores some of the issues tha ..

What Happens when Circumstances Change After the Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The judge has signed the final divorce ( decree. It’s been a battle, but it’s time to move on. Then something changes or is revealed that represents a change in circumstances. Are you stuck with the original decision? Or, is there something that can be done? Fortunately, there is an avenue to pursue reprieve for changes in circumstances. Formally, it is known as an appli ..