By:  Francesca S. Blanco, Esq. N.J.S.A. 2C:25-29(b)(4) sets forth that a Court may issue an order granting, among other things, an Order requiring the defendant to pay to the victim monetary compensation for the losses suffered as a direct result of the domestic violence and that compensatory losses shall include, but not be limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees.  Given that a...
By: Noel S. Tonneman, Esq Effective September 1, 2015, court rules regarding the arbitration of family part matters became effective.  If you have not yet ventured into the arbitration arena, try taking baby steps. Consider adding a mandatory arbitration clause in your MSA to resolve all, or discrete, issues you anticipate may arise post-judgment.  A prime candidate is the issue of...
What you need to know about the growing trend of divorce over 50 – the special issues, potential complications, and financial implications. By Stacy Statkus, CVA, CDFA, CFE, JD May 4, 2018 Would it surprise you to learn that the largest segment of the population getting divorced in the last decade or so are those over 50?  There are a number of reasons for the growing “Gray...
By Amanda S. Trigg What is lump sum alimony and do I want it?   When celebrities divorce, it makes headlines and makes questions for all of us.   Recently, Dennis Quaid agreed to pay his wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, $2 million as “lump sum alimony.”   Without knowing the details of their deal, it seems that Ms. Buffington-Quaid will receive $2 million...
In the midst of a divorce settlement, it's natural to focus on dividing property and maintaining income. Too often, wealth "planning" ends with cancelling joint credit cards and closing joint checking accounts — rarely does it involve a thorough review of other important estate planning elements, like trusts. Dissolving a marriage is likely to change your client’s plans...