The bad news: The Courts are backlogged; Judges are overworked; decisions are delayed; and appeals can take years. The good news: You can opt out of the above by submitting your case to divorce arbitration; a forward-looking method of dispute resolution which has gained popularity in New Jersey and many other states.
Both during and after a divorce, one spouse may require financial support from the other; this financial support is known as alimony. Alimony allows the dependent spouse to maintain a lifestyle as close as possible to what the couple enjoyed during the marriage, at least until the dependent spouse is able to start supporting themselves…. Continue Reading
Recently, the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts provided statistics which seem to confirm that the upcoming spring season will bring with it a significant uptick in the number of divorce filings. Such data supports what divorce lawyers have long known; namely, that increased filings are the result of many couple’s New Year resolutions… Continue Reading
The Marlton office at Stark & Stark will be hosting three seminars in the next three months that will focus on various aspects of divorce and family law, and will be free and open to the public. Additionally, all three presentations will be held in the Marlton office.
Both during and after a divorce, when a child or children are involved, custody orders establish a parenting plan between the divorcing or divorced couple so that the children may still spend time with both parents, even though they no longer reside together. However, custody agreements are complicated when one parent wants to move a… Continue Reading
As far as families are concerned, there is a long-standing legal principle which generally permits parents to raise their children as they see fit without governmental interference. While that typically remains true, our courts are also granted inherent “parens patrie” authority, by which they are charged to protect the welfare and best interests of minor… Continue Reading
With the upcoming Powerball jackpot being the largest in history ($1.5 billion), the issue of whether a lottery prize is subject to equitable distribution is certainly relevant, and may be a very real issue for some lucky winner(s). The answer to that inquiry is “it depends.” It depends on when the Complaint for Divorce is… Continue Reading
The divorce process can be a contentious one. This is because it involves the equitable distribution of assets and property by the divorcing couple, and could potentially involve child custody and support issues, so it can be a very emotional process for those involved. While parties can choose to go in front of a judge… Continue Reading
Unlike what you know of a traditional divorce, a collaborative divorce process is a mutually respectful, open-minded process that focuses on joint problem solving. The goal in a collaborative divorce is to reach an agreement without going to Court by developing an effective relationship with one’s ex-spouse that allows both parties to make joint decisions… Continue Reading
Bankruptcy is the legal process by which the debt of the party filing for bankruptcy is discharged, thereby absolving a party of a portion of their debt. Unfortunately, the bankruptcy process is not as simple as it sounds, and it can be further complicated when the parties—or an individual—are in the middle of a divorce… Continue Reading