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Helping you seek spousal support during divorce

Divorce can be an expensive process; however, when married couples in New Jersey seek to end their union, he or she will take on these costs. While these costs can be overwhelming during the dissolution process, some spouses are faced with more financial problems than others. In fact, when one spouse was the breadwinner, this can make it challenging for one to maintain the lifestyle they were used to during marriage post-divorce. In these cases, seeking alimony might be the proper step the take.

Seeking alimony during divorce might give rise to disputes; however, this should not deter spouses from seeking financial support that he or she is entitled to. Alimony can be very beneficial, and it can look very differently from one divorced couple to the next. At Diamond & Diamond, P.A., our law firm understands the ins and outs of the divorce process, and is available to help divorcing spouses in the Millburn area understand what types of alimony he or she could seek.

How will property be divided in a New Jersey divorce?

Whether one is married young or old, many things are brought into a marriage. Even if something is not of much value, when most individuals marry, they are combining their property. For the most part, this is workable, as married couples share most of their assets and property. However, when a couple decides to divorce, this could make it difficult to leave with what one brought in and what they seek to walk away with.

How will property be divided in a New Jersey divorce? New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. This means that it is the judge that decides what is considered to be a fair and equitable split of the property versus simply splitting the property in two. So this very well mean that a 50-50 split will not occur. In some cases, the judge will look at the earnings of each spouse. The higher earning spouse could leave the marriage with two-thirds of the property while the other spouse only gets one-third.

New Jersey lotto winner receives spousal support

When couples in New Jersey and elsewhere decide to end their marriage, each spouse may focus on one divorce issues over the others. In some cases, this is marital property, as property division can be a very contentious issue. However, in cases where one spouse is the breadwinner, alimony may be the focus during dissolution. Finances tend to be a major concern during divorce, making it important for divorcing or divorced spouses to understand how best to obtain, maintain, modify or even terminate alimony obligations.

As the saying goes, money cannot buy love. This is what is implied in a recent matter that involves a divorce New Jersey man that recently won the Mega Million jackpot. Despite him winning a $273 million jackpot, his ex-wife stated that she has no plans of returning to him. After a 15-year marriage, she divorced the unemployed man last October.

Helping you with your alimony requests during divorce

Divorcing couples in New Jersey are faced with many decisions throughout the dissolution process. Whether it is a long marriage or short, the division of property is a necessary step to take. Oftentimes, divorcing spouses are very much focused on the finances of the divorce. Not only does the process cost them much money, but they have to consider what it will cost to live the same lifestyle he or she was accustomed to during their union. This can lead to some spouses to request for spousal support.

Alimony can look very different from one spouse to the next, making it important that divorcing couples understand what types of alimony could be requested in their particular situation. These matters can get complicated, which is why the attorneys at Diamond & Diamond, P.A., are dedicated to helping spouses in the Millburn area better understand their situation and options.

Younger people turn to prenups in case of a high-asset divorce

A lot of New Jersey residents are doubtless tired of hearing the news items about how the millennial generation is supposedly killing various things, like golf or napkins. Family law attorneys, however, have noticed a trend among younger people. They have reported an increase in millennials' use of prenuptial agreements.

A family law attorneys' professional association polled its members and discovered that 51 percent of them have noticed an increase in prenuptial agreements among millennial couples. According to the group, these prenups commonly cover the areas of property division, spousal maintenance and protection of separate property.

How are division of assets handled in a New Jersey divorce?

Married couples acquire assets and property for their joint use. If the couple later divorces, the decision must be made as to which spouse gets what property. If the spouses cannot agree on who gets what, a family law court must make the decision for each spouse. Let's briefly review the method that New Jersey courts use to determine who gets what in a divorce.

Courts in the Garden State use the principle of equitable division when they are tasked with dividing a couple's property. This means that they will make the division on the basis of what is fair to each spouse. How do judges decide what is fair to each spouse? Judges will take into consideration a number of factors in making the decision. This means that a division of assets in New Jersey will always be very context-specific.

Skills and experience can be crucial in a child custody case

Almost all New Jersey parents want what's best for their children. The problem, however, is that parents don't always agree on how to do this. And when parents are separated or divorced, coming to an agreement on raising the children may be difficult or impossible for the parties to do on their own.

A few weeks ago, we told you about the factors that New Jersey courts take into account when they are making decisions regarding child custody. Not only will the court seek to make decisions in the best interest of the child, the court has guidelines to follow in making this determination. The two parties each have the opportunity to make arguments to the court, and the court will seek to impose a solution that will serve the child's best interests.

For child custody, what are the best interests of the child?

Ideally, when a couple decides to separate or divorce, they will be able to agree on matters of child custody. In the real world, this doesn't always happen, however. A few weeks ago, we mentioned that courts make child custody decisions based on the best interests of the child. Each state has its own standards for guiding judges in making this determination. This blog post will describe the factors that New Jersey judges often use to determine the best interests of the child for child custody purposes.

When determining what custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child, courts in the Garden State often will take into account the fitness of the parents and each parent's employment responsibilities. Courts also will look at the stability of the home environment and the child's interaction with their parents or siblings. Last but not least, if a child is age 12 or older, the court may take into account the child's own preferences.

Happy ending is possible after a high-asset divorce

When the rich and famous get divorced, there quite frequently is a fight over how the assets should be divided and whether there should be alimony obligations. Often, there are hard feelings after the process is done, and much of the couple's private business was discussed at length in the media. Not all celebrity divorces are like this, however. Movie star Drew Barrymore recently reflected on her divorce and how she moved on after her apparently fairy-tale marriage came to an end.

Barrymore separated from her husband, Will Kopelman, after three years of marriage. The couple has two daughters together. Barrymore pointed out that during their marriage, she read an article saying that she had gotten the happy ending she had sought - but then her marriage ended.

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