Child Custody for Infants: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Are you under the impression that the law is applied differently when it comes to child custody (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-custody-and-visitation) for infants? If so, you are under a misconception. The court is required to act in your child’s best interests. (http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2016/title-9/section-9-2-4a/) Your child’s age is just one of the fourteen factors considered when making c ..

Know Why You Really Shouldn't Ignore Documents from Family Court?

Sam Stoia - Monday, January 23, 2017
You may not want to get divorced the divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) in the first place. So, it might make sense to you to ignore documents from Family Court. After all, your spouse can’t possibly end the marriage without your permission, right? If your thought process is along these lines, you really need to learn the truth. The fact is that there are most certainly consequences to ignoring document ..

How Financial Mediation Can Save You Time and Money

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 19, 2017
The New Jersey courts have a more formal term for financial mediation. The process is actually known as the Program for Mediation of Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/family/rosters/). It isn’t just regulated to the more populous counties of Morris, Essex and Hudson. It is a statewide program. As we continue our series on settling divorce actions, we’ll explain how finan ..

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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-push-for-divorce-settlements). The Matrimonial Early Settlement Program (MESP) (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/essex/family/mesp.html) 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-custody-and-visitation) mediation is the first step in the process. Some consider it the most significant one. According to New Jersey court rules (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/r5-8.html), 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/how-is-the-length-of-an-alimony-award-determined) 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) in January? According to one news article (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/divorce-filings-jump-by-one-third-in-january-2015-01-05), 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 (http://www.stoialaw.com/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  ..