How does divorce affect a grandparent's role in their grandchildren's lives?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, August 20, 2015
What you need to know about Grandparent Visitation It may seem unfortunate, but your grandchildren’s parents could have the right to restrict your visitation with them. Sometimes the move may seem spiteful. The parents may feel that you add to the hostility of a marital dissolution. The decision to restrict visitation may come after the death of your own child. Can you really be forbidden from visiting  ..

How soon after a divorce may my new significant other spend the night?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, August 13, 2015
Can Your Paramour Stay the Night? Paramour ( The term paramour dates back to biblical times and has a seemingly negative connotation. In the context of divorce ( cases, it refers to unmarried liaisons that occur after a marital split. Does the court have any control over your attempts to move on? Can your paramour stay the night?  ..

The Courts Take a Strong Position Against Parental Alienation

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Dangers of Parental Alienation It might seem a bit extreme. Can children actually be sentenced to Juvenile Detention for refusing to talk to a divorced parent? Apparently, if you live in Michigan, there is that risk. According to a story that made national headlines (, a judge punished two youngsters and their te ..

Domestic Violence and Your Relationship With Your Children

Sam Stoia - Friday, June 19, 2015
It is a local story with national headlines ( News that an off-duty New Jersey police officer shot and killed his ex-wife once again brings domestic violence ( to the forefront. Although the degrees of domestic violence may vary in nature and character, they all represent a common theme. Dome ..

Advanced Vacation Planning is Especially Important for Divorced Parents

Sam Stoia - Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Despite recent dismal weather, the calendar tells us that it is almost vacation time. Throughout New Jersey, classes are ending and children are eager for some summer fun. However, what happens when former spouses share parenting time ( More specifically, how are trips and getaways scheduled? Here are some tips for divorced families planning vacation. Determinin ..

The Bad Faith of One Parent Can Turn the Custody Table

Sam Stoia - Monday, October 13, 2014
Parents have the right to spend time with their children and typically to participate in decisions pertaining to their well being including health, welfare and education. In situations where the parents of a child or children are divorced or were never married, a parenting plan is typically put into place, either on the consent of the parties or by the determination of the New Jersey Courts. Typically, one parent will be c ..

How is child custody determined?

Sam Stoia - Saturday, December 07, 2013
New Jersey statute gives each parent equal rights to the custody of a child. Courts prefer not to make custody arrangements, and will enforce the agreements voluntarily entered into by the parties so long as the arrangement is in the best interest of the child. However, there are several types of child custody arrangements, including joint legal custody, where one parent serves as the parent of primary residence and join ..