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Do you need to prepare for your ex to relocate with the kids?

The idea of being away from their children is gut wrenching for many New Jersey parents. You may have worried about what would happen to your relationships with your kids after you and your now ex-spouse decided to divorce. The custody proceedings went fairly well, and you have still been able to keep in close contact with the kids.

Now, however, you have even more concerns because your ex is talking about relocating with the children. At first, you may have adamantly put your foot down and said that there is no way your ex would take your children away. However, the court may end up having the final say in whether the relocation can happen.

5 reasons why you need an estate plan

A recent study says 60% of Americans do not have a will. However, the survey says as adults get older, the percentage of people with estate planning documents increases to 81% for those over the age of 72.

Nearly two-thirds of all baby boomers say they have a plan in place suggesting that as we age, thoughts about passing along our assets become more serious. But, having an estate plan is just as important for younger people, especially those with children.

Alimony in New Jersey can make sense

Recently, a New Jersey man won a $273 million lottery jackpot. His ex-wife, having just divorced him last October, said she had no interest in rekindling the romance despite the man’s windfall, nor did she want any part of his winnings. She simply wondered if she could now stop sending the man his alimony payments.

A will can provide peace of mind

It’s natural to worry about the well-being of your loved ones after you’re gone. One of the ways to find peace of mind is through creation of a will. A court will validate and disseminate the will after death through a process called probate.


Do you have questions about alimony in New Jersey?

One of the hardest parts of ending a marriage is figuring out the finances. The end to every marriage looks different when it comes to finances and usually there is not a cookie cutter way to get it figured out. In some cases, both spouses moved up the career ladder in much the same way and ended the marriage making roughly the same salary. Many other times, one spouse put their career on hold to support their partners’ professional development. It is in cases like this where alimony, also referred to as spousal support, comes into play.

If you believe alimony is something that should be part of your divorce, it will help you to get a basic understanding of how alimony works. Just like most matters around family law, state law governs alimony. If you are considering spousal support, paying or receiving, you may be asking:

What factors could impact how assets are divided in your divorce?

When you are getting divorced, you may have many financial concerns. This includes worries about how the various assets you and your spouse collected over the years will now be split up.

You might end up reaching a full agreement with your ex over how property will be divided. Or you might be unable to come to such an agreement and have to leave certain property division decisions up to the court. When getting divorced here in New Jersey, it is very important to understand what courts in the state do when it comes to property division decisions. This is the case even if you anticipate you and your ex will reach a full agreement on property division, as it can affect bargaining positions in property division negotiations.

Understanding probate requirements in New Jersey

You may have been warned to avoid probate, but you might not fully understand what it is. Probate is a legal process used to handle the payment of debts and transfer of assets after a person has died. The process is supervised by the county Surrogate Court.

When probate isn’t necessary

What happens when you can’t pay child support?

As a parent, you likely want to make sure that your child has access to the supplies and care that they need. Child support can help take care of your kids, but that doesn’t mean it is always possible to make those payments.

There are several reasons why your child support agreement might not be realistic anymore. You may face the loss of your job, a significant pay cut, decreased income in retirement or a highly expensive medical issue. Events like these might be out of your control, but you do have options to avoid support violations.

New baby? New estate plan!

The arrival of a new child—especially the firstborn—creates much anticipation and excitement within a family. Suddenly a couple becomes three or more, and with that comes new hopes and expectations for the future.

With a new edition comes more planning: Picking a name, selecting a daycare, choosing a pediatrician. The most important plan, however, that you can make is often the one that folks delay—sometimes indefinitely: An estate plan.

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