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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: NJ Rev. Stat. $ 9:2-4. Please, can you help me find the nj laws against parental alienation?

My friend’s wife has filed for divorce and still lives with him. She doesn’t allow him access to the kids. She moved into the children’s bedroom three years ago. He feels he has no recourse to be able to spend more time with their children because he won’t argue in front of the kids but... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on May 31, 2022

Your friend should immediately schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: In NJ when paying alimony to a ex can the person doing the paying alimony be effected if they live with someone else?

In NJ when paying alimony to a ex their is the cohabitation clause that states the alimony you are paying can be reduced if the ex receiving the alimony lives with or cohabitates with a new partner. My question is can the alimony be effected by the person paying living with a new partner, it does... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on May 3, 2022

You are correct, that cohabitation only affects the person receiving alimony. The reason for that is that if alimony is to help a divorced person maintain the marital lifestyle, then if they are cohabitating with a new partner, they are in a 2 income household again, and therefore do not need the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Can I get a divorce from my husband if we live in different states and can't find him. Have had no contact in 10+ years

I have been separated from my husband for 13 years, and have not had any contact with him in over 10 years, and don't know where he is or how to contact him in anyway. We were married in Syracuse NY I now live in NJ.

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on May 3, 2022

Thank you for your question. The answer is YES, you can get divorced under those circumstances. There are procedures that need to be followed, which an experienced matrimonial attorney can explain to you. The best course of action is to consult with someone that specializes in family law so you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: my daughters dad has told her on at least 2 occasions to lie to me. I have written proof. Is this parental alienation?

My daughter just turned 10. My relationship with her dad lasted 12 years and it was toxic and I was abused by him. He was a pathelogical liar. Well now he is coaching my daughter to lie and I have written proof for 2 incidents. My daughter is now lying so bad it is hurting me to see. Her dad... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Thank you for your question. It sounds like it is very stressful not to have much decision making in your child's life. Proving parental alienation is a complex, and largely undefined endeavor. It sounds like you might want to make a motion to change parenting time or custody. That process... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Can French citizens who married in NJ get divorce under NJ law?

We are both French citizens of no immigration status in the US. I reside in France while my husband resides in United Emirate. Can I proceed with divorce in NJ ? Does US have jurisdiction over the assets and properties in France should we get the verdict? Thank you

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 12, 2022

It is unlikely. New Jersey divorces couples who were legally married anywhere, as long as they satisfy the residency requirement. With rare exception, that means that at least once of you would have to live in New Jersey, and have been here for at least 12 consecutive months.

You should...
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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: How does one go about getting a divorced spouse to uphold his part of divorce decree, when he is in contempt?

Is there a way without an attorney and additional fees?

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Thank you for your question. I can imagine this must be very stressful. You need a Motion to Enforce Litigant's Rights. Can you file it yourself, yes, the court rules allow it. Should you, absolutely not. There are multitude of reasons why you are more likely to get better results by utilizing... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: What if my wife is refusing to sign divorce papers and has no address to send them to. Can I get it by default?
Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Mar 31, 2022

Thank you for your question. I'm sure the situation must be very frustrating for you. You may be able to get a divorce by default, but you have several steps that must be completed first. You will need to do a diligent inquiry as to her whereabouts, then provide proof of same to the court. You... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Divorce, i want my kids 3 nights my ex wants me only to have 1 night and 2 after school/ dinners Should i get a lawyer?

Started meditation we agreed on everything except parenting time .. i would like 3 over nights a week , she wants me to only have one overnight on the weekend and 2 afternoon/ nights during the week but kids have to be home for bed time .. i dont no what to do.. i really dont wanna get lawyers... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Feb 22, 2022

Thank you for your question. Negotiating divorce terms can be very stressful and you are to be commended for coming to an agreement on all other issues. According to NJ Statute, it is a matter of public policy to assure that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Divorced: Child just got braces and I (mom) have dental ins. for her . In my divorce decree it states that I have a $250

Deductible. Does this mean that my former husband has to pay what the ins. doen't cover?

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Feb 14, 2022

Thank you for your question. Children's unreimbursed medical and dental expenses can be confusing. The $250 you referenced is likely the standard $250 mentioned in the appendix of the child support guidelines worksheet. If you are receiving child support per the guidelines, which is likely,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have a 16 yr old granddaughter whom was living with her mother in GA. Her mom kicked her out and sent her to her fathe

To NJ. Granddaughter wants to live with father. Mother refused to send docs to father. As her maternal grandmother can I ask the court for a law guardian for my Granddaughter. Father can't get birth certificate, his name isn't on it. My daughter wants her daughter to live hard. Job corps... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Aug 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you and your granddaughter have to go through this stressful time.

The most direct answer is you can file a grandparents rights application and request formal custody of your granddaughter. Then the court can order your daughter to turn over...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: In the state of New Jersey I pay child support but can’t offord it

I can offord the payment but I send something every week and I don’t have a job cause of covid but I do pay money to child support every week I have court soon and I’m not sure why

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. The court calculates child support based on a number of factors. To have that amount adjusted you need to prove a permanent change in circumstances. Unemployment is generally not considered permanent. You are likely being summoned to a court appearance for an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I called my daughter like I do everyday come to my out my wife left the state of New Jersey with permission a call nothi
Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. Your question is not clear if the other party left the state temporarily or moved out of state. If she moved out of state permanently without your permission and without a Court Order then you will want to file an Order to Show Cause. That is essentially an emergency... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: NJ jurisdiction vs Fla jurisdiction. No one will address Family Law issues on divorce and custody

My niece has 2 children from previous marriage. Ex-husband filed divorce in Florida in 2017. She & children already lived in NJ, but Fla granted divorce & visitation agreement. NO ONE will address matters where ex husband & his attorney keep filing in Fla and demanding she respond, yet... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 21, 2021

Thank you for your question. Without having all the relevant information, it sounds like NJ has never taken jurisdiction because no one has asked them to do so. A petition to transfer the case from Florida to New Jersey must be filed. Then Florida will relinquish jurisdiction. Until then they,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Is there a formula to determine child support in NJ when the children are living at college for part of the year?

I currently collect child support for 2 children aged 17 & 20. Both plan to attend college in the fall and live on campus. I've been divorced from their father for 12 years. For the first 6 years I had a court order which a received mostly alimony and child support. When the alimony... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 20, 2021

Thank you for your question. Situations like yours can be confusing. There is not a specific formula when children are residents at college. We use what is called the Jacoby analysis. It is named after a case involving this issue. It is based on actual costs and expenses for the child in question.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: Hi, is there any lawyer who speaks Turkish around Cliffside Park, NJ. I need a lawyer who knows domestic violence

I am under threatened with eviction by my husband. He told me he will sell his house and throw out my belongings. Can he do this? He wants to divorce without alimony. I am a housewife, 49 ages and a gammy person now. I had a bicycle accident and my husband is a causator (obsolete). He is... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 5, 2021

I will keep my answer brief due to the language barrier.

Contact http://www.manavi.org/

Hotline: 1(732) 435-1414

They may be able to help with an interpreter and a safety plan.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: I have joint custody of my 16 and 11 year old children in NJ. My ex wants to move out of the country with the kids.

We both own homes a couple miles apart. The kids stay with me about half the time. Can she move without my consent?

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Jan 25, 2021

Thank you for your question. I'm sure the thought of your children being so far away from you is very worrisome. The short answer is no, she cannot move with the children, out of New Jersey without either your permission or a Court order. That being said, you may need to proactively file to... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Would I owe child support on a stepchild?

My Japanese girlfriend is pregnant with our child and we would like to marry. She has a 4 year old son from a prior marriage who lives in Japan with his father; I have never had any contact with this child. She has been mum about whether her son will return at some point and wants me to focus on... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Dec 28, 2020

Thank you for your question. The 4 year old child you mention already has 2 parents. You are not biologically or legally related to him. Unless you marry your girlfriend, adopt him, and then divorce you would not owe child support for that other child.

That being said, you should legally...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a mother keep a child away from a non biological male that was put on a birth certificate for insurance reasons.

My girlfriend was married about 10 years ago. Stayed in the marriage for about a year. Never divorced. She dated 2 years later and got pregnant. The real father doesn't know and left before she knew she was pregnant.. The husband that she never divorced came around, put his name on the birth... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Dec 18, 2020

Thank you for your question. There are many moving parts in this scenario. The quick answer is that child is legally a product of the marriage. He was born during the marriage which makes the husband the father by rebuttal presumption. Then the mother confirmed he was the father by adding him to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I respond to a motion for term of alimony if I never received it via registered mail.

I contacted USPS multiple times and they don’t know where it is. Ex says court date is scheduled for Jan 8th. What should I do?

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Dec 18, 2020

Thank you for your question. The simple answer is you need an adjournment because you were not properly served. You can contact the Court directly and explain that you were never served. They will likely put you in touch with the Judge's law clerk.

The best thing to do is to consult...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Can my ex stop his child support since my boyfriend moved in?

We have joint custody of three children. I am the parent of primary residence. He pays me $400 a month for three children in child support. My boyfriend moved in and now my ex wants to stop his child support payments.

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Nov 20, 2020

Every situation is unique and has many factors. I can tell you that cohabitation is a reason to stop alimony payments, but not child support. Those are still his children and he still shares responsibility for their needs. That being said, you should consult with an experienced family law... Read more »

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