By: Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.             The factors that must be considered by the court for purposes of determining equitable distribution of assets and debts acquired during marriage are identified in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.1. Items included for purposes of equitable distribution include, but are not limited to, marital properties, vehicles,...
by Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Esq. On December 15, 2017, congressional Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul plan, formally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill of 2017 (“the bill”).  The bill would ultimately end the income tax deduction for individuals who pay alimony and make alimony tax-free to the recipient for divorce decrees executed after December...
By: Jean Ramatowski, Esq. Divorce litigants and their attorneys should give more consideration to the use of arbitration.  The court has established Rules governing agreements to arbitrate and Consent Orders to arbitrate.  These Rules do prohibit arbitration of certain matters, however, the vast majority of the issues that need to be resolved for parties to be divorced in a court of New...
By: Amanda S. Trigg President, 2017-2018 AAML New Jersey Chapter   Everyone knows the great feeling of being right about a fact, an expectation or the best way to accomplish a task.  We learn from our achievements happily.  In divorce, just as in marriage, making smart decisions about your money requires effort and a solid knowledge base.  At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich,...
By Amy Sara Cores, Esq. I have never before faced such ambiguity in advising my client’s in my career.  Even as a young lawyer, I felt confident that once I knew the law I could answer a question within a reasonable degree of certainly.  A guarantee was never on the table, because family part judges have great discretion and because a good settlement is what you can get everyone...