5 Inside Secrets Divorce Attorneys Won’t Tell You


The process of finding an attorney to represent you in your divorce can feel confusing and overwhelming. Is the lawyer charging a fair price? How do you know his or her style is the right fit? The attorney may seem friendly and attentive now, but what about down the road? Here are 5 inside secrets some divorce attorneys DON’T want you to know about hidden costs and strong-arm tactics to retain clients. Finding a good attorney becomes much easier when you know how to avoid these five common traps. Continue reading

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In Aftermath of Ray Rice Assault, NJ Lawmakers Introduce 3 New Domestic Violence Bills


In her most recent post for the Huffington Post, WLG’s Bari Weinberger analyzed the outcome of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, calling for improvements to New Jersey domestic violence law.

Members of the New Jersey Legislature are now following suit by introducing three new domestic violence bills in direct response to Rice’s placement in a pre-trial intervention program, which if successfully completed, will wipe from his record any mention of charges stemming from Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino. Continue reading

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5 Money-Saving Tips for Surviving the Holidays When You’re Newly Divorced or Separated

Calculating the Cost of the Holidays

Between all the gift buying, festive parties and holiday travel, the expenses of the holiday season can really add up, especially if you’re recently separated or divorced and adjusting to a new budget. How can you make it through to January 1 without breaking the bank? Try these money-saving holiday survival tips. Continue reading

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Faces of Domestic Violence: Three Very Different Stories

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One of the most difficult aspects of domestic violence is that it affects a victim’s ability to take self-protective measures. Some people are uncertain whether or not their situation even amounts to domestic violence. Others are simply overwhelmed by their emotional or financial entanglement with the perpetrator.

If you are in either of these situations, it can help to take things one step at a time. If you are in physical danger, your first step is clear: Call 911 or the NJ Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233). You can also call the hotline if you just have questions about your (or someone else’s) situation, or you can contact an experienced domestic violence attorney free of charge.

While the most obvious domestic violence scenarios involve physical violence, there are actually 14 distinct offenses covered by the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, N.J.S.A.2C:25-17 et seq. (NJPDVA).

Here are three very different NJ domestic violence case studies: Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the NFL: Play This Season’s Super Bowl Off the Field

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Dear Mr. Roger Goodell,

As a lifelong football fan, my intention was to spend this year’s NFL season, as I always do, rooting for the New York Giants to win big. However, since the Ray Rice domestic assault video broke in September and charges of domestic violence and abuse against other NFL players unearthed, I have changed my mind about who I hope walks away as this season’s champions. Continue reading

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Study: Pricier Engagement Rings Predict Divorce Risk


The bigger the diamond, the shorter the marriage? According to a study conducted by researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, the giving of a pricier engagement ring before marriage could be an indicator of increased divorce risk down the road. Continue reading

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8 Tips for Spending Thanksgiving Alone

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Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks, and for newly separated or recently divorced individuals, this can mean facing a very different kind of holiday celebration than years past. Will your children spend Thanksgiving dinner with their other parent? Have you decided to skip out on your aunt’s annual feast to avoid questions about your changed marital status? Just not up for any kind of celebration this year?

Thanksgiving can still be a day to be thankful for, even when you will spend it solo. Here are some tips and ideas for making your solo holiday a happy one. Continue reading

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Your Divorce Questions Answered: Family Law Tuesdays

If you missed it, below are all the questions shared and the answers given on our Facebook page for September’s Family Law Tuesday. We hope you will join us this next Tuesday, October 7th where you can ask us your own questions. You can send us questions ahead of time, publicly or privately, via email, Facebook post, direct or private message, on Twitter, even a phone call, or join us at 8/9pm EST on Facebook and post your question live!

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The Ultimate Divorce Loophole: We Were Never Married in the First Place!

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Before their divorce, New Jersey couple Michael and Debra Mandelbaum lived as husband and wife for 20 years.

Or did they? As the pair’s divorce, initiated by Debra Mandelbaum, moves forward, Michael Mandelbaum has taken an unusual position: despite a well-documented wedding ceremony, jointly filed tax returns, and multiple anniversary cards exchanged over the years, he’s claiming the two were never technically married. Continue reading

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Top Tips for Successful Halloween Co-Parenting

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This year October 31 falls on a Friday, which, as a newly separated or recently divorced parent, you may already be aware is the traditional day of the week when children switch homes for weekend visitation with their other parent. What does this mean for Halloween? No matter where your child spends it, here are some co-parenting tips for how to make trick-or-treating safe and fun for everyone. Continue reading

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