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 ..

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 ..