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Divorce rates are down, but moral acceptance is up

Throughout American history, divorce rates have fluctuated, yet steadily trended up. In 1969, then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, enacted the nation's first no-fault divorce bill. Many pundits marked this as the start of the "divorce revolution," with 49 states passing similar measures by 1985. With the laws that bound husband and wife partially dismantled, the nation's divorce rate more than doubled over the next twenty years.

Morris County Divorce Attorney Explains Equitable Distribution in New Jersey

What is Equitable Distribution in NJ?

Equitable-Distribution-300x200.jpgNew Jersey follows the law of equitable distribution. Many times this the term arises in the context of a divorce proceeding, but few people understand what it actually means. The goal of equitable distribution is fairly straightforward: to distribute property acquired during a marriage to both spouses, regardless of whether or not the property was in the name of one or both spouses. The theory underlying equitable distribution is that a marriage is viewed as an "economic partnership" and each spouse is entitled to a share of the property acquired during the marriage. The distribution can either occur through a voluntary agreement or by order of the Superior Court. This process is often very complex and emotionally charged, especially when considering the reasons for which the divorce is sought in the first place.

Morris County Divorce Lawyer Discusses How to Get Along With Your Ex-Spouse During the Holidays

Understanding how to get along with your ex-spouse during the holidays is imperative

How-to-Get-Along-During-the-Holidays-After-a-Divorce-300x200.jpgDivorce is a difficult process that has an impact not only the proceedings as they occur, but also down the road after a divorce is finalized. Many recognize the benefit of avoiding negative behavior that may lead to years of emotional warfare and bitterness during and after a divorce. Such a realization can provide positive impacts on your well being and your relationships with others.

New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Discusses Purposeful Underemployment

shutterstock_274590818-300x201.jpgAs an experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyer, if someone says to me, "My spouse is purposefully underemployed," the surgeon that says, "I'm not going to be a surgeon; I'm going to be a second grade teacher," great, go be a second grade teacher. You know what the court is going to say to a person like that? We're going to do child support and alimony based on you being a surgeon because you're purposefully underemployed. If there's a legitimate reason why that individual has their income reduced or their careers changed, it's one thing.

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Discusses Moving Out and Moving Back

shutterstock_356093996-300x200.jpgAs an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney, if someone asks me about a spouse who moves out and they want to move back in, my first reaction is going to be, "Why?" Why'd they move out? Why are they moving back in? A lot of times, I know spouses will just be heated and leave, and they'll come meet with me, and I'll say to them, "Get back in the house." Why? Because if you're not in the house, you have to pay for another place to live, you have to pay another cable bill potentially, and it could be costly. Now, if you have the wherewithal financially to do that, and it's the best situation for the family to go through this process, great, don't go back; stay out.

New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Discusses Concerns of Alimony Being Reduced

shutterstock_417800485-300x200.jpgAs a dedicated New Jersey Divorce Lawyer, clients often ask me about their alimony being reduced. If your alimony is a number that either you have agreed to or a judge has ordered, there's only really one way it's going to get reduced. Unfortunately, that person who's paying, the payer, may have the right to reduce the alimony if they show that there's a change of circumstances.

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Discusses Equitable Distribution of a Marital Owned Business

shutterstock_366954215-300x200.jpgAs an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney I am often asked what happens to a marital owned business following a divorce. When you are a business owner, and let's say you own a delicatessen. You've opened that delicatessen up during the marriage, and your wife has worked in that business with you; however, the business is titled in your name or in your company's name, of which you are the president and your wife is not an officer of the company. Yet she works in the delicatessen various times during the day, and she also has the kids at home that she takes care of while you run the deli primarily on your own. That asset acquired during the marriage is going to be what we would call a joint asset.

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Discusses Prenuptial Agreements

shutterstock_174315935-300x200.jpgAs an accomplished New Jersey Divorce Attorney, clients often ask me about prenuptial agreements. The important thing on prenups is identifying financial disclosure. In New Jersey, a prenup is governed by a statute and our legislature says you can do a prenup for basically anything. Except for an unconscionable prenup, which is when a spouse makes another spouse sign a document and doesn't give any financial disclosure. The other spouse doesn't even know what the one spouse has or tries to get you to sign the prenuptial a week before the marriage and with no lawyers involved.

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Explains What to Bring When Meeting with your Lawyer

shutterstock_409954129-300x200.jpgAs a dedicated New Jersey Divorce Attorney, I am often asked by clients what they need when meeting with their attorney. I think when someone asks me what should I bring to the meeting, I say to them, "Just yourself. Literally just yourself." The first meeting when you meet with that lawyer, you've got to find that connection. You're not going in there right away and going over your alimony numbers or child support or custody. You're about to turn over your money and your most intimate personal secrets to another human being that you have no idea who that person is. Go make the connection and make sure you know if like them or dislike them.

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