Dealing with Money When You Decide to Separate

You likely have many different joint accounts with your spouse, including bank accounts, credit cards, loans, and more. Before untangling these accounts during your divorce, the first step in protecting yourself is to make sure your spouse can’t create even more financial problems during your separation. Are you about to go your separate ways? Here are a few preliminary money issues to take into consideration. Continue reading

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Decided to Separate? What to Do Before You Move Out

If you and your spouse are separating, are you the one moving out? Before you relocate, here are tips and issues to consider as you go about finding a new place. Continue reading

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More Couples Putting Prenuptial Agreements In Place

According to a recent survey of attorney members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 63 percent of divorce attorneys nationwide have cited an increase over the past three years in the number of couples putting prenuptial agreements in place.

Common items that couples want settled before getting married? Continue reading

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Filing for Divorce


It’s no secret that the holiday season is a time of year when many couples begin to contemplate or move forward with plans to divorce. Whether it’s the stress of the “maintaining appearances” during the holidays that lead a couple to realize their marriage is over, or the desire for one or both parties to get off to start fresh in the New Year, it’s common to see an uptick in divorce filings in early January.

Are you contemplating divorce as 2013 ends and 2014 begins? Deciding whether or not to stay married may be one of the most significant decisions you will ever make. It’s definitely not something to take lightly, nor a choice to make in haste. So how do you know it really is time to start moving forward with a divorce filing? Here are five important questions to ask yourself: Continue reading

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What Happens To Children’s Bank Accounts In A Divorce?

You may have started a college savings account for your child, or have a joint bank account in their name, or have individual accounts that carry their name only. What happens to these accounts if you and your spouse end up filing for divorce? Continue reading

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Preparing for Your First Solo Post-Divorce Thanksgiving

Whether you are separated or newly divorced, will this year mark the first Thanksgiving you will be celebrating without your spouse? Depending on your circumstances, you may be feeling relieved at not needing to “fake it” through another meal with your in-laws, sad and angry over the change in your cherished family traditions, unsure about what to expect when you show up at your parents’ house without your spouse…or some mix of all these things. Continue reading

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Determining NJ Jurisdiction in Interstate Child Custody & Support Disputes

In celebrity news, the child custody rift between Jersey Shore reality star Pauly D and Amanda Markert, the mother of his 5-month old daughter Amabella, has pushed into the spotlight the issue of what happens in complex child custody disputes in which a child’s two parents live in different states. Pauly D, based on reports, appears to be a legal resident of either Nevada, where he regularly works as a DJ on the Las Vegas club scene, or Rhode Island, where he owns a home. Markert is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, where Amabella was born. According to various news sources, Pauly D would prefer to file for sole custody of his daughter in Nevada, while Markert allegedly plans to take him to court in NJ to settle their matters. Continue reading

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Charlie Sheen Custody War Shines Light on Role of Psychological Evaluators

It’s hard to miss the headlines this week concerning the all out war brewing between actor Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Brook Mueller over the custody of their twin sons, Bob and Max. Among Sheen’s accusations are allegations of disregard for the children’s safety during visits with their mother and refusal on the part of Mueller to obtain psychological counseling for the boys, despite documented behavior problems.

While the details of the Sheen-Mueller dispute are complex, it also shows that serious child custody and child welfare issues can crop up anywhere, no matter what your income or profession. Sheen and Mueller are battling through the California courts, but what if a similar situation were to occur between two parents living in New Jersey? Continue reading

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New Study Says Texting Habits May Predict Divorce

When you and your spouse have disagreements, whether it’s over who does more work around the house, or other issues including finances and taking care of the kids, do you rely on texting to resolve your differences? You may want to rethink this strategy, according to a new study that says couples who let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies may be more likely to eventually split up or divorce. Continue reading

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Should you change the locks?

When it comes to personal security following filing for divorce, one of the most common questions that comes up concerns changing the locks on the house. Will you be in the right if you go ahead and change the locks? Continue reading

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