Are Support Obligations More if Your Child is Gifted?

Sam Stoia - Monday, November 28, 2016
Not sure how child support obligations are calculated? You may want to take a look at our brief summary ( New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A ( sets forth the Child Support Guidelines. Although they are intended to offer insight regarding establishment or modification of child support ( ..

The Hidden Danger of Representing Yourself in a Divorce

Sam Stoia - Friday, November 25, 2016
You might already know this. There is no law that prevents you from representing yourself in a divorce. ( This doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good thing. In fact, self-representation comes with its share of hidden danger. A recent New Jersey Appellate Court unpublished opinion ( underscores some of the issues tha ..

What Happens when Circumstances Change After the Divorce?

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The judge has signed the final divorce ( decree. It’s been a battle, but it’s time to move on. Then something changes or is revealed that represents a change in circumstances. Are you stuck with the original decision? Or, is there something that can be done? Fortunately, there is an avenue to pursue reprieve for changes in circumstances. Formally, it is known as an appli ..

What Bearing Do Savings Accounts Have on Alimony?

Sam Stoia - Monday, September 26, 2016
If you are contemplating divorce (, one of your concerns may be 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 ( 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Intentional Economic Abuse ( It’s a term used in a recent unpublished family law decision.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. ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.” ( ..

What You Want to Know About Bankruptcy and Divorce

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Bankruptcy ( and 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’ ..