Financial Infidelity: Secret Spending Linked to Divorce

Ask Ann Marie the reason why she got divorced after 15 years of marriage and she will tell you that it was due to her husband Tom’s infidelity. Was he cheating on her with a coworker or long lost flame? No. Tom’s paramour turned out to be the couple’s joint credit cards. For years, Tom had been secretly wracking up debt without Ann Marie’s knowledge. Continue reading

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NY Rabbis Arrested in Divorce “Get” Extortion, Torture Sting

[Update 3/11/2014: According to Reuters, a New York personal trainer has plead guilty to being part of a New Jersey ring that used violence to coerce Jewish husbands to agree to grant their wives religious divorces, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.

David Hellman, 31, was one of 10 men, including two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, arrested last fall in the alleged scheme in which they hired themselves out to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorce, the prosecutors in New Jersey said.]

 

Under the rules of Orthodox Judaism and certain other sects within the Jewish faith, getting a divorce is a two-fold process. There is the standard civil divorce process, which requires filing for divorce in family court the same as any other couple. And then there is a special form of divorce called a “get,” which under Jewish law must be in place for a couple to be considered divorced and able to remarry within their faith. Continue reading

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Bari Weinberger Talks Celebrity Divorce Kardashian-Style On PIX 11 Morning News

Reality TV met the reality of divorce this week when Kris Jenner, “momager” of the Kardashian clan, and former Olympian Bruce Jenner announced their separation after 22 years of marriage. No one has filed paperwork yet to formalize the split, but speculation is growing as to how the pair will eventually divide their estimated $125 million fortune — especially since the couple never signed a prenuptial agreement.

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Divorce: Do You Really Want to Keep the House?

Having trouble in your divorce deciding whether or not you want to sell your house or buy out your spouse’s share of the equity and keep it? In many cases, the financial pressures of divorce make selling the house a no-brainer—you may simply need the funds as soon as possible.

When the decision is less clear cut, however, weighing the pros and cons can be confusing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself in this situation: Continue reading

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Bari Weinberger Featured Speaker at Upcoming NJ Domestic Violence Seminar

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as part of Weinberger Law Group’s ongoing commitment and mission to serve victims of domestic violence in New Jersey, we are pleased to announce that family law attorney Bari Weinberger will be part of an upcoming domestic violence symposium and fundraiser for Shelter our Sisters, New Jersey’s leading full-service agency for victims of domestic violence and the only agency in Bergen County that provides emergency shelter. Continue reading

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Why Long-Term Separations Can Be Financially Risky

For many couples, making the decision to separate can be a welcome break to work on and finally resolve the personal issues causing discord in their marriage. Legally, there is no set time limit on how long a separation in New Jersey can or should last. However, should there be? If you are involved in a marital separation that has lasted for months, or even years, without either party making a move to reconcile or divorce, it is important to be aware that this can come with certain financial risks. Here’s a look at four potential pitfalls of long separations. Continue reading

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Making Child Custody Exchanges Work for Everyone

After a child custody matter is settled and a parenting time plan is put in place, for many parents, this is where the hard work of co-parenting truly begins. If you and your former spouse or partner still aren’t on the same page, or there is still animosity between the two of you, one place where this tension often becomes a disaster waiting to happen is during child custody exchanges. Your ex-spouse may be running late, or the pick up time suddenly doesn’t work with your schedule, your child is clingy, or just the sight of this person still makes your blood boil — and the feeling is mutual. How do you get around these type of issues to make child custody drop offs and pick up more peaceful, safe, and free of hassles for everyone? Continue reading

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Baby Boomer Women More Likely to Initiate a Gray Divorce

When it comes to the topic of gray divorce, the growing trend of divorce among couples in the Baby Boom generation, we are now finding out even more information about why seniors entering their “golden years” are deciding to end their marriages — and exactly who it is filing the divorce papers. Continue reading

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Will the Government Shutdown Affect Your Divorce?

Since the federal government shut down at midnight Tuesday, over 800,000 federal employees across dozens of agencies have been furloughed and many service-providing governmental departments and agencies across the country are now closed or running on limited staff. How can the government shutdown affect divorce proceedings and other related issues, including child support and alimony payments? Here are four key concerns: Continue reading

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NJ SAFE Act for Domestic Violence Work Leave Goes Into Effect Today

On October 1, 2013, the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act) goes into effect across the state. The new law provides workplace leave to eligible employees who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault as defined under New Jersey law. The NJ SAFE Act applies to workplaces employing 25 or more people and covers unpaid leave of absence for a period not to exceed 20 days in a 12-month period. Continue reading

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