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Blog Category: Family Law

What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce?

Feb 18, 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...

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

Jan 29, 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...

Non-Traditional Benefits that Must be Considered in a Divorce

Dec 5, 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...

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

Nov 26, 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...

Apps That May be Useful in Divorce

Oct 12, 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...

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

Oct 2, 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...

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

Sep 7, 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...

Tax Treatment of Alimony Payments Under the TCJA

Sep 5, 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...

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

Aug 7, 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.

How to Prepare for a Court Appearance: Ten Practical Tips

Jul 11, 2018 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

Do not bring friends/family to the courtroom. You do not need to have a fan section, which can be distracting to you and others.  Discuss the specifics with your lawyer before you go to court and...