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June 2019 Archives

Know Your Rights: Holding Your Former Spouse Accountable For The Marital Assets They "Pissed Away" or Hid Leading Up To The Divorce Filing

In a divorce, can you recoup monies "pissed away" by a spouse on things unrelated to the marriage or can you hold a spouse accountable for specific debts incurred in advance of a divorce filing? Or, what if your spouse hid assets during the marriage. Can you recoup those monies in a divorce? The answer to each of those questions is YES, YOU CAN, and reliance is found in NJ's equitable distribution statute and in a whole body of case law dealing with that subject.

The advantages of divorce mediation

A previous post on this blog talked about a recent case that, in the final analysis, may have been better off getting resolved through mediation or a similar process. The recent case involved a spat between two New Jersey parents over how much each should contribute to the cost of their son's college education.

A POX ON BOTH OF YOUR HOUSES, SAYS A RECENT NJ APPELLATE DIVISION DECISION IN DEALING WITH PARENT'S SHARING OF COLLEGE COSTS

Unfortunately, one of the most common battles fought in the family courts in New Jersey is over how much each parent should contribute to the cost of their child[rens] college education and over the college selection. Stereo-typically, the language of most divorce agreements in dealing with future college costs is something along the following lines:

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