Divorce Alimony

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Will an Alimony Award Terminate if the Recipient Cohabitates?

On September 22, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court declared to hear the case of Quinn v. Quinn. In the case, the couple was married for twenty-three years until they divorced in 2006. The Husband agreed to pay the Wife...more

New Jersey Enacts Changes To Alimony Laws

Parties in New Jersey who pay are about to pay alimony, or already pay alimony, should understand some recent changes to the statute that may impact their obligations. Some of the most critical changes are detailed below....more

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

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, 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

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

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

“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

Tax Planning for the divorcing and newly divorced

Tax planning and divorce sound like two unlikely partners, but they are not. This week’s blog post is written by Selwyn Gerber, CPA, who explains why tax planning is critical during and after a divorce....more

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

One of the sad realities representing people with serious work injuries, is that the financial, physical, and psychological stresses caused by the injury or the claims process, often result in failed marriages. It really is...more

Fairfield County Divorce Guidebook

The Fairfield County Divorce Guidebook is intended for individuals to better navigate and understand the legal system during one of the more troubling periods of their lives. Whether used by divorcing spouses as a...more

Will Divorce and Austerity Force You to Financial Independence?

Many people rely on marriage as a financial plan. In other words, one spouse – often the wife – is primarily or wholly financially dependent upon the other. Many little girls were told to find a Prince Charming – not just...more

Three More Questions Boomers Need to Ask Their Lawyers about Grey Divorce (Part II)

Last week’s blog discussed three questions Baby Boomers going through divorce should ask their lawyer. As promised, here are three more questions. 1. Should I keep the house? The financial risks of keeping the...more

Even Though It’s “No Fault” Divorce, What Would You Do?

California has “no fault” divorce, which means it does not matter why a marriage breaks up or which spouse is responsible for the breakup. Therefore all community property is divided equally and spousal support (alimony) is...more

Taxes: Divorce & Children

In the words of The Beatles, “ ‘Cause I’m the Taxman…,” and because it’s almost the filing deadline (April 16 this year), the Taxman is here. Marital and family status, of course, has a big impact on your taxes. So, here are...more

What to Know about Common Law Marriage in Colorado

Common Law Marriage in Colorado requires more than just living together. ...more

Out With the Old…the Divorcee Sale

It’s been in the news lately. Recently there was a new “pop-up” store in Beverly Hills. You can even host a similar event in your city. As stated on their website, “The Divorceé Sale™ was created by Jill Alexander who saw...more

Civil Union Partnerships: Congratulations And Be Aware

Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the “Civil Union Act”). ...more

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