Make Sure Your Premarital Agreement is Actually Enforceable

Sam Stoia - Monday, May 14, 2018
There’s one thing for certain. If go through the time and expense of entering into a premarital agreement, ( you want to make sure it’s actually enforceable. Otherwise, your efforts may literally feel like a waste of money and time if your marriage doesn’t work out. First, a little background about prenuptial agreements. You might think they t ..

This is What Happens When Child Protective Services Becomes Part of Your Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, May 10, 2018
Just about everybody has heard the acronym “DYFS,” which stands for the Division of Youth and Family Services. However, many do not realize changes that went into effect in 2013. In addition to revamping other aspects of the state agency, DYFS became the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) ( However, your most important consideration is likely h ..

Do You Really Want the Judge to Divide Up Your Property?

Sam Stoia - Friday, May 04, 2018
Few things compare with the stress of getting a divorce. It’s not just the process of separating and seemingly taking on a new life. No matter how long you’ve been married, you’ve accumulated “things.” Figuring out who gets what can be a challenge. If you and your spouse can’t come to terms, there is an alternative. But, do you really want the judge to divide up your property? You mi ..

When "Words Really Do Hurt" and You Need a Restraining Order

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Just about everyone can recite the old children’s rhyme. However, many question the validity of sticks and stones breaking bones and words never hurting. When it comes down to it, words are pretty powerful. And, a great many restraining orders are granted based on the potency of words alone. Although New Jersey law ( ..

Is There Really Such a Thing as an Amicable Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, April 26, 2018
Admittedly, combining the words amicable and divorce seems counter-intuitive. After all, what could possibly be friendly about the end of a marriage? However, it does happen. For many couples looking to split, an amicable divorce is also cost-effective. Just because it makes sense to split on good terms doesn’t mean it’s easy. Consider one celebrity divorce story. According to gossip rags, Gwyneth Paltrow ..

Can You "Bargain" About Entry of a Restraining Order?

Sam Stoia - Friday, April 20, 2018
More than likely, you already know that a final restraining order (FRO) is pretty serious. First, there must be evidence of at least one predicate act of domestic violence. There is at least one other factor involved as well. The concept of negotiation when it comes to the entry of a restraining order may take you by surprise. Is it really possible to strike up any kind of bargain? The "Prevention of Domestic Violence  ..

Are Changes On the Way for New Jersey Surrogacy Laws?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, April 19, 2018
Some would say it’s a long time coming. From all appearances, it looks like New Jersey Surrogacy Laws are about to change. Just last week, both branches of state government approved a bill ( regarding gestational carrier agreements. During Governor Chris Christie’s tenure, he vetoed two bills on the issue. Nevertheless, by all appearances, Governor Phil  ..

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 (, 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 ..