What You Need to Know about Health Insurance and Divorce

Sam Stoia - Monday, February 20, 2017
Health coverage gets its share of media attention on its own. But, what happens when you make a decision to split from your spouse? The law has certain mandates concerning health insurance and divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce). You may need answers concerning coverage during your divorce and after the final decree is signed. First and foremost, just because you’ve separated from your spouse doesn&rsquo ..

23 Simple Lies that Can Get People Divorced

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Simple lies are at the crux of many divorces (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorce). Deception leads to many things. Mistrust. Hurt feelings. Devastation so bad that it ends a relationship. Lies can mean the beginning of the end of a marriage. Let’s be frank. The falsehoods come from both ends. There are the ones your spouse tells you. And, then, the ones, you tell yourself. All lies can have individual im ..

Equitable Distribution After Your Divorce is Final

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In New Jersey the predominant responsibility of the family court system is to equitably distribute the assets that belong to the married parties. These assets can be distributed based upon mutual agreement, or the result of a family court trial. Once the marital assets have been distributed and the marriage has been dissolved, returning to court to assess the validity of distributing later financial gains, by either p ..

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 (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramour). The term paramour dates back to biblical times and has a seemingly negative connotation. In the context of divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/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?  ..

How is the length of an alimony award determined?

Sam Stoia - Friday, August 07, 2015
How Length of Marriage Factors into Alimony Awards It is a commonly held misconception that marriages lasting more than ten years constitute automatic permanent alimony awards (http://www.stoialaw.com/alimony). Although ten years is by no means short term, it is not a sole determinant that parties can be expected to pay lifetime support to their former spouse. A recent New Jersey case explores how length of mar ..

Helpful Hints to Take Some of the Angst Out of Divorce

Sam Stoia - Thursday, June 18, 2015
Let’s face it. Life is filled with a number of key stressors (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stressor). Start with sickness, death, and money woes. Include child rearing and intimate relationships. Among the top infiltrators of serenity is an unhappy marriage. With that in mind, almost everyone facing the end of a relationship can benefit from these helpful hints for divorce (http://www.stoialaw.com/divorc ..

Divorce's Impact On Your Obligation to Pay College Tuition

Sam Stoia - Monday, June 15, 2015
Are Your Children Owed College Tuition? It’s an important note, worthy of attention. The proverbial silver spoon (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/born+with+a+silver+spoon+in+mouth) is not the deciding factor in whether parents will afford their children a college education. Although a degree of familial wealth is certainly a consideration, there are additional concerns. Are your children owed college tuition? Int ..

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 (https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/family/paretime.pdf)? More specifically, how are trips and getaways scheduled? Here are some tips for divorced families planning vacation. Determinin ..

The Value of a Prenuptial Agreement

Sam Stoia - Thursday, May 21, 2015
The term prenuptial agreement (http://www.stoialaw.com/prenuptial-postnuptial-agreements) sounds neither sexy nor romantic. However, in many incidences, the importance of a prenuptial agreement cannot be disputed. Although the mere request for the document may cause bad feelings, the end result may be worth the unintended insult. Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement? Let’s face it. It is unfortunate, but there ..