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New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 10: Bad News About Alimony & Child Support

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Subject No.1: Sharon
When we last saw Sharon and Robert in Part VIII of our ongoing series, the Marital Early Settlement Panel (MESP) had just recommended an equal value distribution of the couple’s marital property and debt, with Robert keeping the family home. Meanwhile, in Part IX, we saw Jason and Melissa working out their own property division with the assistance of their mediator. Today, we’ll look at the MESP’s recommendations regarding alimony and child support in Robert and Sharon’s case. Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 8: Who Gets the House?

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Subject No. 1: Sharon

In Part 6 of our ongoing case study, we saw that after Sharon took a hardline stance on child custody, Robert ended up with a temporary order for primary physical custody. In Part 7, we saw how Jason’s more conciliatory approach with Melissa not only resulted in a parenting time plan that was closer to what he wanted; it also avoided the expense of a hearing. Is Sharon going to continue her aggressive tactics for the rest of her case, or is she beginning to see that a change in approach might be in order? Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 7: Calming Troubled Waters

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In our last installment of our ongoing blog series on common mistakes made during divorce, we looked at how Sharon’s aggressive approach impacted initial developments in her child custody dispute. Today we’ll see if our second subject, Jason, does any better. Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 6: What about the Kids?

Children Omitted in DivorceIn part 4 and part 5 of our series, we looked at two different approaches to commencing a divorce case. One of our subjects, Sharon, took an aggressive approach. The other, Jason, started things off in a more conciliatory manner. In the next couple of installments, we’ll see how the initial tone and first steps impact the child custody aspects of these two cases. Today, we’ll look at how Sharon is faring. In the next installment, we’ll look at Jason’s situation. Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 5: Handle Emotions with Care

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In part 2 and part 3 of our continuing blog series on avoiding common divorce mistakes, we looked at two different approaches to hiring a divorce attorney. In part 4, we took a look at the aggressive initial approach taken by one of subjects, Sharon. In part 1 of our series, we introduced you to our two New Jersey couples: Robert & Sharon and Jason & Melissa. In this installment, we’ll see how our second subject, Jason, takes a softer approach to commencing his case, and how that impacts initial developments. Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles Part 4: Why “Coming out Swinging” Could Backfire

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In part 2 and part 3 of our continuing blog series on avoiding common divorce mistakes, we looked at two different approaches to hiring a divorce attorney. In part 1 of our series, we introduced you to our two New Jersey couples: Robert & Sharon and Jason & Melissa. In this installment, we’ll take a look at Robert & Sharon’s divorce to see how one of our subject’s choice of attorney impacts the beginning of the divorce process. Read more

NJ Divorce Chronicles: Hiring a Divorce Attorney, Installment 3

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Welcome to part 3 of our continuing blog series on avoiding common divorce mistakes. In part 1 of our series, we introduced you to our two New Jersey couples: Robert & Sharon and Jason & Melissa. In part 2, we looked at the process Sharon went through in hiring an attorney and her hasty decision to work with a “shark” divorce lawyer. In part 3, we will follow Jason’s process of hiring a divorce attorney and the very different choice in lawyer he makes. Read more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles, Part 2: Watch Out For Sharks!

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In part 2 of our continuing blog series on avoiding common divorce mistakes, we take look at something most people do early on in the divorce process: hire an attorney. In part 1 of our series, we introduced you to our two New Jersey couples: Robert & Sharon and Jason & Melissa. In part 2, we will see what happens when one of our subjects tries to make a decision about hiring an attorneyRead more

New Jersey Divorce Chronicles: Avoiding Common Divorce Mistakes (Part 1)

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We have all heard at least one divorce horror story in which mistakes and missteps in the divorce process left one or both parties feeling angrier and more bitter than ever before. If you are going through a divorce right now, or thinking about filing, it is important to know that for the vast majority of cases, negative outcomes can be avoided through thoughtful planning and intelligent decision making.

In our new blog series, we will follow two typical couples going through divorce in New Jersey and use their case studies to highlight complications that can arise in a divorce case, along with the many possible ways to prevent these mistakes from leading to spiraling conflict and out of control costs. Read more