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 can I enforce a child support order when my child's other parent moves out of New Jersey?

Sam Stoia - Monday, August 17, 2015
Child Support Enforcement for Nonresidents The court entered a child support ( order directing that your former spouse pay a weekly amount. At the time, your child’s other parent also lived in New Jersey. They have since relocated to another state. Sadly, they have stopped paying child support. You feel overwhelmed and uncertain. Is there child support enforcement for no ..

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?  ..

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 ( 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 ..

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 ..

Love Affairs and Domestic Violence Claims

Sam Stoia - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Many question the morality of outside love affairs during marriage. They argue that committed relationships call for fidelity. Others claim that a little adventure and discreet fun is acceptable. However, what happens when one of the parties wishes to put an end to a torrid relationship? Is there any correlation between love affairs and domestic violence claims? A Recent Case History In their unpublished opinio ..

Divorce of Same Sex Civil Unions and Marriages

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 29, 2015
When the New Jersey Civil Union Act ( took effect in 2007, it established a new set of laws for same-sex couples in committed relationships to enter into a civil union. Fast forward six years later, and gay couples were afforded the right to marry in New Jersey. What happens when these individuals are unhappy and want to call it quits? The process of ending a same-se ..

Does it matter who first files in a New Jersey Divorce proceeding?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 02, 2014
The benefit of being the first to file for divorce is that it means you are ahead of the game in having prepared your case. Integral to every divorce case are the economic issues. Of course if the parties have children, custody and child support issues are also integral. With regard to the economic issues, it's beneficial to have organized your financial statements and documents, including copies of mortgage statements, de ..