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What a Divorce Trial is Like, and Why You Should Avoid It

February 26th, 2019 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

If you have reached the point where your divorce case is going to trial, it means either one or both parties are unreasonable with regard to their position, or there is an obscure legal issue (very rare) that requires the court to decide the matter.  If you are heading to trial, it means that despite multiple opportunities in the court process to settle your case, your case still has not settled.  While the court process is designed to settle the case prior to trial, unfortunately, it does not always happen.

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What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce?

February 18th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

The system currently in place for families contemplating divorce is imperfect.  It is not possible for a system based on very specific rules to uniquely or perfectly apply to each individual’s desired outcome.  That defies logic and ignores the multiple personalities at play in each divorce matter (custody, support, removal, paternity, etc.).  The judge, lawyers, clients, children, etc., each have their personal beliefs and experiences that color their opinions, biases, and perspectives.  How then, can a litigant endure this perfect storm with dignity, respect, and the ability to move on and create a new life in the aftermath?

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Does a Parent’s “Strained” Relationship with a Child Obviate the Parent’s Obligation to Contribute to College?

January 29th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Not according to the Appellate Division in the recent case of Hamilton v. Hamilton[1].  In this January 22, 2019 decision, the appellate division concluded that the father would be required to pay 60% of the child’s college expenses despite a strained relationship with the child.   

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Non-Traditional Benefits that Must be Considered in a Divorce

December 5th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

You may think that you only need to consider traditional income to determine alimony, child support and equitable distribution, but you may be overlooking significant perks or other benefits that could have a substantial impact on those issues.  Failing to consider these non-traditional benefits could significantly affect your bottom line.  Identifying and discussing these perks and benefits with your attorney is critical.

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How is a Parent’s Contribution to a Child’s College Education Determined in a Divorce Action?

November 26th, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

The law in New Jersey requires individuals who have children and get divorced to contribute to their children’s college education as long as they are financially able.  That does not mean the parents have to pay for the most expensive college, or that the parents must split the entire cost of college. 

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Apps That May be Useful in Divorce

October 12th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Technology may not only help in communicating with the parent of your children or former spouse, but it may also help to prevent a future legal dispute or strengthen your legal position if you have a dispute.  There are a myriad of products available worth considering; this list is not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide insight into a few…

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Should I Be Worried if My Attorney is Friendly with the Other Attorney?

October 2nd, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

Throughout my years of practicing family law, at times clients have questioned how I can be “friends” with the adverse attorney.  Clients want to know if I can properly represent them if I am friendly with the other attorney. 

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Letting a Child Attend a "Pink" Concert…a Question for the Courts?

September 7th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Divorced parents in the midst of a contentious and lengthy custody dispute asked the Court to opine on whether it was appropriate for their 11-year-old child to attend a Pink concert.  The father objected to the child’s attendance at the concert, citing concerns of profane language and sexual content.  The father asked the court to find that the mother of this young girl abused her parental discretion, and that this purported abuse be considered as part of the pending custody matter.

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Tax Treatment of Alimony Payments Under the TCJA

September 5th, 2018 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.

Earlier this year, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). While many of its provisions received a great deal of media attention, one in particular has flown under the radar despite the fact that it may have a substantial impact on parties going through a divorce. That part of the Act addresses the tax treatment of alimony payments made pursuant to a court order, or under a separation or divorce settlement agreement.

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Finalizing Your Divorce in 2018 vs. 2019…Does it Matter?

August 7th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

YES, finalizing your divorce in 2018 versus 2019 will make a difference, since the new tax laws will likely have many effects on divorcing couples.

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