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The Termination of Child Support Law—Benefit or Burden?

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It is a common misconception that children automatically emancipate upon reaching the age of eighteen in New Jersey. In reality, there is no specific age when a child emancipates and child support payments terminate. In fact, New Jersey law is clear that such findings are always fact-sensitive based on the circumstances of each case.

Mandatory Post-ESP Mediation

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If your case does not settle at Early Settlement Panel, you are required to attend a mediation session with a mediator, either from the approved list of mediators or any other mediator. If you choose a mediator from the approved list, the first two hours are free. The first hour is used by the mediator… Continue Reading

Free Seminars Examine the Differences between Collaborative & Litigated Divorce

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Stark & Stark Shareholder Maria P. Imbalzano and Associate Corrine E. Cooke will be presenting three upcoming seminars entitled Understanding the Difference between a Collaborative Divorce & a Litigated Divorce. Each seminar will be held on a different time and day but the content will be identical. The seminar will examine the aspects of collaborative… Continue Reading

Early Settlement Program (ESP) in Divorce Cases

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Due to the inordinate time, expense, and lack of judicial resources available for divorce cases, the New Jersey Courts have implemented settlement alternatives to court proceedings. One of these is the Early Settlement Program (ESP) which helps parties in a divorce reach a settlement in advance of a distant court date.  Represented by attorneys, the… Continue Reading

Loss of Employment and Alimony

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New Jersey’s recently enacted alimony statute deals with modification of alimony in the event the payor loses his/her job through no fault of their own. Even though this law allows a payor to seek modification once the payor has been without employment for 90 days, there is not an automatic termination or reduction. The Court… Continue Reading

How to Prepare for Divorce Financially

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As I always tell my clients, knowledge is power. Although getting a divorce can be devastating, frightening, and unsettling, there are ways you can take control to put yourself in a better position. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you begin to plan for your divorce:

Valuation or Calculation in a Divorce Case?

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Many divorce cases include a determination of the value of a business for purposes of equitable distribution between the parties. Whether the business in question is a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation, establishing a sound and supportable value is essential. The first step is to engage a skilled valuation analyst. The second and equally important… Continue Reading

When Does Child Support Begin?

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There are many rules in our court system pertaining to the filing of pleadings. In order to start a divorce case in court, a Complaint for Divorce must be filed. The date the complaint is marked “filed” is generally the date we use for valuing assets and debts subject to equitable distribution. In order to… Continue Reading