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What the New Alimony Law in New Jersey Means for You

On September 10, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed an alimony reform bill into law, which makes significant changes to the New Jersey alimony statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. While the new law does not create alimony...more

Family Collaborative Law Act Signed by Governor Christie

In addition to signing the alimony bill into law, Governor Christie also signed the Family Collaborative Law Act on Wednesday, September 10th. The Act had been unanimously passed by the Senate in late June before it arrived...more

Big Changes for New Jersey Alimony

New Jersey law governing alimony has changed after Governor Chris Christie signed a Bill A845 on September 10, 2014. The modifications to New Jersey alimony include that absent “exceptional circumstances” the term of alimony...more

Requirements for Alimony – Can it be a good thing?

Divorce is messy, divorce is costly – and it should be avoided wherever possible. Spouses should always attempt to mitigate their losses and one way to do this is to consider designing the divorce settlement to include...more

NJ Alimony Bill Making Major Changes in System

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would drastically change alimony awards in future divorce cases and is currently awaiting a signature by Governor Christie. The bill,...more

Spendthrift & Discretionary Trusts in Florida: Further Analysis of Berlinger v. Casselberry

In Berlinger v. Casselberry, Case No. 2D12-6470, 6 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 27, 2013), the Florida Second District Court of Appeal upheld a writ of garnishment issued by a trial court against the trustee of a discretionary trust...more

Divorce and Retirement: Social Security Administration vs. California Family Law

According to the Social Security Administration’s website, the 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited...more

Divorce, Child Support and Alimony

When it comes to child support, the laws vary considerably from state to state. Some states allow “permanent” alimony in certain circumstances, but some do not. Most states allow for some sort of alimony payment for a finite...more

What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Board Certified Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what Spousal Maintenance is and how it is determined in Arizona. He also describes the time frame associated with...more

Permanent Alimony To Remain — For Now

An 11th hour decision by the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have ended "permanent alimony." ...more

Until Death (Or Remarriage) Do Us Part

He says the alimony settlement is unfair because it doesn’t take into account the training she received to obtain gainful employment. ...more

When Does Alimony Become Unfair?

Everyone knows the horror story of someone who was ordered to pay what was considered unfair alimony. ...more

Are the Family Courts Becoming Hostile Toward Women?

From a historical standpoint, women have been the stay-at-home moms; the underemployed or unemployed spouse in a marriage; and the lesser paid sex in the workforce (the latter is still largely true). These realities – the...more

Are Unallocated Support Payments in a Divorce Action Tax Deductible?

A couple going through a divorce action should understand whether a support payment, not specifically allocated as child support or alimony, is a taxable event where the payor may deduct it and the payee report it as income...more

In Plain English…What are the Legal Issues at Stake in Same-Sex Marriage?

Most everyone is aware that the United States Supreme Court heard two historic cases this week focused on same-sex marriage. One involves California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages (which was then rendered...more

Alimony in New Jersey

Alimony is governed by N.J.S.A. 2A34:23-b. In New Jersey, there are four categories of alimony to consider: (1) Limited Duration Alimony, (2) Reimbursement Alimony, (3) Rehabilitative Alimony, and (4) Permanent Alimony....more

Out of Harm’s Way: Domestic Violence and Divorce

Divorce can be an extremely emotional experience, fraught with sadness, anger and even a sense of helplessness. These feelings are exacerbated for someone who has been the victim of domestic violence. If you are the victim...more

Alimony Bill Proposing to Overhaul New Jersey’s Alimony Laws

Assembly Bill Number 3909 was introduced on March 7, 2013 seeking to overhaul the State’s long established alimony laws. Among other things, the proposed bill eliminates permanent alimony entirely. ...more

Is Inherited Property Subject To Equitable Distribution In Florida?

On June 31, 2012, Prince William turned 30 and came into a $15.5 million inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana’s, estate. Although that kind of inheritance doesn’t happen every day, many people do inherit...more

“Long-Term” Marriage Reaches New Heights

On February 6, 2013, John and Ann Betar celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, a milestone earning them the title of “longest married couple” in the United States by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian marriage...more

What Is A QDRO?

Although the media focuses on their big spending, divorce and poor retirement planning are among the top reasons why most pro athletes go broke within 10 years of retirement. Retirement planning can be challenging for most,...more

Divorce Tax Planning

In August 2012, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegen finalized their divorce here in Florida. With their settlement terms undisclosed, the world is speculating as to what will happen with the young billionaire’s assets, including...more

So how long is long enough to prevail on a modification application?

Well, depending on what county your case is venued in, it depends. Recently in Foley v. Foley, the defendant, ex-husband, filed an appeal from an Order from the Family Court that denied his motion to reduce his alimony...more

Four Surprising Facts about Family Law

In a recent State Farm Insurance commercial, a young woman says to a young gentleman, “You can’t put anything on the Internet that is not true.” He asks her where she heard that, and in unison, they exclaim, “the Internet!” ...more

New Year….New Laws: A Preview of 2013 Family Law Statutes

Each new year brings us new laws, and this year is no different. Some years there are more significant law changes than in others, but regardless of the significance or insignificance, each and every person is responsible...more

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