What Bearing Do Savings Accounts Have on Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 26, 2016
If you are contemplating divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce), one of your concerns may be alimony (http://www.stoialaw.com/alimony). Are you eligible for it? Or, will you be required to pay it? What about your savings accounts? Will they have any bearing on the calculation of alimony payments? All reasonable questions. Divorce raises many legal problems. Among them are equitable distribution (http://www.sto ..

Seven Simple Things You Should Know about Divorce Mediation

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 19, 2016
There are plenty of reasons people put off seeing a divorce attorney (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce). One may be that they are not up for the anticipated fight. Or, the onslaught of protracted hearings and exorbitant legal fees. Could divorce mediation alleviate some of those concerns? It did for Phyllis and Manny Conforti, an Essex County couple. They have given us permission to share their story, with the caveat ..

New Case Deems Intentional Economic Abuse as Domestic Violence

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Intentional Economic Abuse (http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/types-of-abuse/economic-abuse/). It’s a term used in a recent unpublished family law decision. You may be wondering what it entails. More importantly, you’ll want to know how it pertains to domestic violence. The matter of C.G. v. E.G. (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/decisions/C%20G%20%20v%20%20E%20G%20%20MX.pdf) was decided just last ..

Think that Death Ends Divorce Proceedings? Maybe Not

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Death of one of the parties is obviously one way of ending a marriage. But, what if the couple were involved in divorce proceedings? Does the case just stop there? The answer might surprise you. During the divorce process, there may be a number of items under consideration. Often, marital assets and equitable distribution (http://www.stoialaw.com/division-of-property-and-assets) are key issues. However, when someo ..

Domestic Violence Victims May Be Entitled to Money Damages

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Most will not deny the horror that domestic violence victims endure. It’s a bad thing when someone suffers personal injury. Worse yet? When the perpetrator is your spouse or soon to be ex. Almost everyone knows that you can recover money damages when someone else causes personal injury. But, what about domestic violence? New Jersey case law specifically deals with this issue. Parties may actually sue for da ..

Does a Child's Preference Actually Matter in a Custody Battle?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Obviously, custody battles (http://www.stoialaw.com/child-custody-and-visitation) are about the children. But, are they allowed to express a preference when it comes to where they live? Let’s start by saying that custody battles are always determined by one basic factor. We’ve talked about it before. “The best interests of the child.” (http://www.stoialaw.com/stoialawblog/the-truth-about-your-ch ..

What You Want to Know About Bankruptcy and Divorce

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Bankruptcy (http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/bankruptcy/bankruptcy-basics) and divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) often go hand in hand. The two are often referred to as cause and effect. Both are serious legal proceedings that require experienced legal counsel. The timing of filing either the bankruptcy petition or divorce complaint may be strategic. And, there’s more you need to know. It’ ..

Need know it All Questions Answered about Parenting Coordinators?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Is the term Parenting Coordinator (http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/parenting-coordination.aspx) foreign to you? We’re not surprised. It may seem pretty novel to many New Jersey families. In reality, it started as a court-ordered pilot program in four different vicinages in 2007 (https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/notices/2007/n070403a.pdf). Although the pilot program ended in 2012, it is still used as a mo ..

What Happens in Divorce Court Can Get Reported to the IRS

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Las Vegas is one of the few places that anything stays secretive. Divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce) court isn’t as guarded as some would like it. In fact, what happens in divorce court can extend pretty far. In some cases, what happens in divorce court can actually get reported to the IRS. To the IRS? As in the Internal Revenue Service (https://www.irs.gov/)? Are we serious? Yes, absolutely! And, j ..

5 Things You Need to Know about Domestic Violence

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The statistics on domestic violence (http://www.njsp.org/ucr/pdf/domesticviolence/2013_domestic_violence.pdf) are alarming. And, there is a great deal you should know about them. Especially if you are concerned that you are a victim. Domestic violence is not a matter that should be taken likely. We will warn you that you may be disturbed by the attached audio clipping that appeared as part of a local news article (h ..