Psychological Parents: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Monday, March 26, 2018
When it comes to custody and parenting time, most people only consider the struggle between a birth mother and a birth father. However, you should know that other people involved in a child’s life may assert legal rights. Since the year 2000, New Jersey law has recognized the rights of “psychological parents;” individuals who have come to care for and raise a child despite not being a birth parent.  ..

How Long Do You Need to Be Married to Collect Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Your marriage is insufferable. In fact, it’s to the point that divorce seems your only option. Yet, you’re terrified that you won’t financially make it. Meanwhile, you’ve heard that you need to be married a set number of years before you can collect alimony. You’re scared and feel very alone. Four years into your marriage, you and your husband made a decision. You would stay home and raise ..

When You Think a Restraining Order is No Longer Necessary

Sam Stoia - Friday, March 09, 2018
It’s not something you are exactly proud to admit. When you broke up your engagement, things got ugly. In fact, they rose to the level of domestic violence. Ultimately, the court executed a final restraining order (FRO) against you. However, that was then. You’re pretty sure that a restraining order is no longer necessary. Your goal is to have it lifted, so it’s no longer shows up as a blemish.  ..

Seven Myths about Family Law That Might Surprise You

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, March 07, 2018
When it comes down to it, you really shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Truth be told, there are a number of myths about family law that might surprise you. For example, what you think you know about divorce or child custody, may be entirely false. Reality can be a huge eye-opener. All things considered, the end of a marriage can be as devastating as death itself. It’s no wonder that you might take  ..

What You Might Not Know about Restraining Orders (And, Should!)

Sam Stoia - Friday, March 02, 2018
You’re confident that the judge will grant you a final restraining order (FRO). After all, you meet all the qualifications as an ex-husband threatened by his former wife. A temporary restraining order (TRO) is already in place because the police went to the municipal judge on your behalf. You’ll be glad to be under the protection of the court. As it stands, the fact that there is a TRO does say somethin ..

The Real Truth about Recovering Money After a Broken Relationship

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, February 27, 2018
In some ways, it was love at first sight. The two of you met at a local restaurant. Before you knew it, your romance was hot and heavy. Within a few weeks, you moved in together. You added him to your cell phone bill as your plan was cheaper. In fact, you even loaned him money. However, things happened too fast, and you now find yourself in a broken relationship. What are the odds that you’ll recover some of ..

When Your Children's Best Interests is a 50/50 Parenting Plan

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 26, 2018
There was once a time that parents stayed together for the sake of the children. For some, there was a presumption that mothers would be awarded custody. As a result, a great many fathers expressed concern that they would never see their kids unless the family unit remained intact. Fortunately, times have changed. In fact, many courts are ordering 50/50 parenting plans. The idea is to foster environments that are in y ..

Proving Cohabitation? It's Not Really as Easy as You Think

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, February 20, 2018
You divorced only a couple of years ago. At the time, you and your husband came to an agreement about alimony payments. Later, the judge included the terms when he granted your divorce. Spousal support was set for an end date, which would terminate earlier if your ex had a lover move in with him. However, you were also warned. You needed to prove cohabitation in order to achieve early relief from support obligations.  ..

Business Valuation in a Divorce: No Magic Formula

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, February 14, 2018
There’s a chance that you’ve delayed your divorce for financial reasons. After all, you’ve owned a company for many years. As far as you’re concerned, your ex-doesn’t deserve a share at all. Unfortunately, your opinion matters little. When it comes to determining equitable distribution (, your business is considered a marital asset.  ..

Custody or Parenting Time Interference: What You Need to Know

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 12, 2018
To put it bluntly, no one wants to face criminal charges. However, interference with custody or parenting time makes it a possibility. That’s not to say there aren’t situations when denying visitation seems critical. The same can be said about the decision not to return a child to the custodial parent. While it’s true that some parents have informal agreements as far as custody and parenting times,  ..