Why It May Be Better to Settle Your Divorce Than Go To Trial

There are 2 ways to resolve your New Jersey divorce: 1) Trial Or 2) Settlement Each of them have their pros and cons but in most situations, it’s better if you can settle your divorce rather than going through a trial. Let me explain why. A settlement is when you and your spouse reach an agreement that resolves all outstanding issues of the divorce. This includes equitable distribution of assets and debts, custody, child support, alimony and tax returns to name a few things. Pros: 1. You and your spouse get a say in what happens. 2. It’s cheaper than going through a trial. 3. It’s usually less stressful than going through a trial. Cons: 1. Both parties are not usually 100% happy w

Can I Get Support From My Spouse While The Divorce Is Pending?

I had a client with this situation. So, I thought I'd share the details to educate you on how this type of case typically works. "My spouse and I have recently separated. During the marriage, we split the bills 50/50. But now that we are separated, she decided to move out and stay with family. The kids are living with me, so we don’t have to switch their schools, but the problem is that I’m left with all the household bills and the kids and she feels that she doesn’t need to provide me any financial help. I can’t handle everything on my own. Is there anything I can do?" In New Jersey, after a complaint for divorce is filed, a motion can be filed for “Pendente Lite” support. “Pendente

Welcome to Divorce Month

Did you know that January is the most popular month for divorce?!? Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve spoken with many people towards the end of the year and they want to file for divorce but want to get through “one last holiday.” Particularly when children are involved, they want one last “normal” holiday for everyone. I can understand that. Divorce affects not only the couple but probably has more of an effect on the children. But it also affects extended family and friends. So it’s not a decision people make lightly, and it can be even more difficult to go through the holidays while a divorce is pending. But once that clock strikes 12:01 am on January 1st, those sa

Husband Forged Wife’s Signature And Obtains A Fraudulent Divorce

There was an article in the news recently from a case in Texas. A couple were married and sometime later separated. Many normal people would simply file for divorce, right? Not this man named Paul Nixon. He decided that he would forge his wife’s signature on divorce documents and get an “uncontested divorce.” THE CRAZY PART IS...HE ACTUALLY GOT AWAY WITH IT! At least for a short period of time until his “ex-wife” learned what happened and filed a motion with the court to void the divorce. Once the Court realized what happened, the divorce was voided. But that wasn’t the end of the story for Paul, he was criminally charged with aggravated perjury and submitting fraudulent documents to a cou

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