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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I have a question about settling finances before a divorce

Basically just want a legal person to review this statement and make sure it doesnt sound sketchy.

Hey just finished meeting with the lawyer.

First I’ll file a complaint for divorce that just starts our actual separation. As of right now property we’ve separately acrewed is... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 21, 2022

My advice (which should not come as a surprise) is that it's worth your while to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who specializes in divorce law (not a general practitioner who also handles divorce matters) to review your asset setting, respective employment settings, etc to give you... Read more »

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Q: my husband filed a complaint for divorce, now he wants to change his power of attorney Can he do this?
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 11, 2022

I presume that for estate planning purposes, you were listed as his power of attorney but because of the divorce filing, he no longer wants you in charge of his financial affairs moving forward. If my understanding is correct, that is very common, and I would simply suggest that you and he agree as... Read more »

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Q: I need help, but I have no money or food. My husband has been the sole provider for 19 years and now I have been cut of

He had cut me off since separating, even though we live in the same house(different rooms). We are going for divorce of bed and board and he is holding off. I need to file, because I need money to eat and do normal daily things. I’m now suffering from depression and have no energy from that... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Im sorry that your current setting is dire and suggest that you meet with a family law specialist as quickly as possible to get better educated on your rights in a divorce matter. While I know that it will be difficult, this is where you want to hire the best lawyer you can afford - this is not a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: It states that the age of a child when the initial child support order is entered, is she used to calc CS. When is that?

Let me be more specific. My daughter was 11 when my husband filed divorce papers, but 12 when we negotiated and then were granted our divorce in court. Is that when one parent first files for divorce? Or when it is granted?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Oct 29, 2022

I think you may be mixing apples with oranges with your question. Under NJ’s child support guidelines, there is a presumption that teenagers are more expensive than younger children - so if the guidelines are first calculated when a child is 13 years old or older, the court has the right to add... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Business Law and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Can I reopen a post judgment divorce and represent myself? I believe that I can but, what if any are the consequence's?

A few weeks ago I posted here regarding reopening my divorce post judgement due to fraud. I indicated that I do not have the funds to hire an attorney and was seeking help pro bono. I realize the cost associated with the complexity of this case, and I am willing to help in any way that I can to... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Oct 25, 2022

Trying to represent yourself in a divorce or post-divorce matter is unwise since you are emotionally involved and not a trained attorney. There has to be a valid reason for reopening a divorce. This is going to be an expensive case and a hard burden to meet. People want to litigate very often,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for New Jersey on
Q: In New Jersey, if a two people buy a house together, how is the ownership divided if contributions were not equal?

In this scenario, the people in question got divorced before the house was purchased, however they lied on their bank application when getting the loan, and said they were still married.

Now the ex wife who has contributed only a portion of the initial downpayment and no mortgage payments... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Oct 19, 2022

Since you were not married when you purchased the property, you are tenants in common. If the deed does not mention the specific ownership interest of each party, you each have a 50% interest in the property.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How can I get divorce?

I separated (not legal separation) and me and him living in 2 different states for 2 years now. I have 1 child that lives with me after custody case in court.

My ex doesn't accept uncontested divorce and he told me to go and file for divorce. and said after 2 years of separation that... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Oct 17, 2022

Im sorry to say it to you but you need to have a consultation with an experienced divorce lawyer. Anyone giving you advice as to whether you will or will not have an obligation to contribute to his expenses is doing you a disservice unless he sits down with you to get a clearer handle on what those... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Am going through a divorce and my wife took out a card which I was just a user and didnt sign anything. Am i responisbl

She is trying to make me pay for 1/2 of it when the charges arent mine but she says she used the card for the house. As a user I can not get the transactions through Chase as she will need to approve it.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Its impossible for a lawyer to simply tell you that you are or are not liable for any or all of the charges on that card since there are multiple scenarios where a court can impose liability. As a simple example, if the charges were incurred for payment of "family expenses", they can be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello can anyone provide case law that helps a parent with full custody of a 19 yr old child going to FL university

Campus but frequently comes back home 1 hr away for medical, dental etc.

Opposition wants to emancipate the child and reduce child support.

Any NJ case law on that since that’s where its being heard that can help me support my child and my case or does case law not matter on the... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Sep 6, 2022

You need to schedule a post-divorce consultation with a New Jersey family law certified trial lawyer to discuss the standard applicable to emancipation and as to a parent's support obligation while in college. Presumably, you and your former spouse lived in NJ at the time of the divorce, which... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My parents purchased a house while married, when they divorced my father remarried and had 2 children with my stepmother

My mother has a son,My dad still has the house, never bought my mom out, apparently there’s a will they did together dividing the house between 4 siblings (same parents) according to my dad his children from the other marriage have rights to the house but not my mothers son. He also claims she... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Aug 29, 2022

Its impossible for any lawyer to attempt to give you legal advice based on the information supplied. You need to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney to review your parent's divorce agreement to understand the agreement reached between your mother and your father over the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: I was awarded my home in the divorce. I had 60 days to refinance the balance on the mortgage. My ex was to facilitate

That 60 was extended indefinitely until I could close. He signed that agreement. He now sold home to an investor who has been harassing me to get out. Ex got a Judge to agree to throw me out a 66 year old severely disabled person. no eviction/ejection or any requests to vacate have been properly... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Aug 20, 2022

Due to your financial problems, contact New Jersey Legal Services for an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Ex husband moved to Phillipines to avoid paying alimony

He was facing jail time for a dui charge as well so he ran. He and his boss have ignored NEW Jersey Probation for a year now as well to avoid paying his alimony. Can his boss be held accountable for willfully ignoring the order for wage garnishment?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Aug 1, 2022

I presume that your former spouse's employment was / is in New Jersey and that your former husband still works for the company remotely. Presuming I am correct, then an order served upon the employer in New Jersey for garnishment is valid and must be honored. If the employer refuses to honor... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: What are my options if part of a Final Judgement of Divorce is dropping an FRO and it has not been done yet?

Part of our Term Sheet we both legally signed states she is not longer fearful and would volunatarily drop the FRO. Per the Final Judgement of Divorce, it states "This matter will be dismissed after this judgement is entered." However, during the final hearing the Judge stated that she... Read more »

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis
answered on Jul 12, 2022

Not sure if you're suggesting that she changed her mind or simply forgot to drop the FRO. If it's the latter, try asking her (very, very nicely) if she could bring a copy of the Order to the DV unit, explain the situation, and request that the FRO be dismissed. She may still need to go... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I have split cost with my ex on college cost for my child. Would transportation cost include car for my teen? Thx

College costs- transportation

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jun 2, 2022

In most divorce agreements, transportation costs are addressed in the agreement as an included item or an excluded item. My suggestion is to review your settlement agreement to see what the language says about an automobile for your child and/or the payment of transportation costs for your child to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Married March of 2021 separate a year later Division of crypto assets

I am currently residing in New Jersey. We were married in South Carolina. My spouse still resides in South Carolina. He was my financial support as I am disabled. He used my health against me. I am not able to work. He has crypto that was gained during our marriage. My question is when can I file... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 31, 2022

Based on the limited information provided, it would be unwise if not irresponsible to give you black and white legal advice. You need a consultation with a family law attorney. Lets start off with whether NJ has jurisdiction over your matter yet. To have jurisdiction to file a complaint for divorce... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: We have been married 20+ years. Wife wants divorce. I don't. She wants me out of home I paid the most on down payment. W

What can I do. I don't want to get divorced but if I do can I recoup anything.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 31, 2022

The best advice I can give you is to meet with a divorce law specialist to discuss marital vs non-marital assets and your rights and obligations in a divorce. As to who paid for expenses during the marriage, if the payments were made from employment income, then start with the view that the... Read more »

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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 »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 31, 2022

Your friend needs to meet with a family law attorney immediately to discuss his claim of alienation and potentially, the lawyer will then schedule a meeting for him with a competent mental health expert to discuss her actions and determine what if anything can be done through the court system... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am married and relocating to New Jersey. I plan to purchase a home in NJ...

I am married and relocating to NJ. I plan to purchase a home in NJ. I will be putting in approximately 90% of the funds to buy the home and my spouse only 10%. We're buying the home cash without a mortgage. Question 1: can we specify in the deed the respective ownership % of each party?... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 29, 2022

New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. You can seek to obtain an experienced matrimonial attorney to prepare a post nuptial agreement that embodies the terms you mentioned. You should also consider the alternatives, which include taking a mortgage and putting down an equal amount or do not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: in my divorce, my husband had a side business he never paid taxes on but made $80,000 yr. Do I include this as income

My husband is a carpenter in union out of Philadelphia - he also owned a side business that makes $80,000 yr - total $180,000

Do I agree with my lawyer and say he only makes $90,000 per year - and not include the landscaping money - because I will get in trouble for tax evasion- even though... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 17, 2022

Since you are represented by counsel, that is the only person who you should direct your questions to. But if you do not believe that the attorney is acting in your best interests, then you should seek a second opinion.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I filed for a default hearing for my divorce

It’s been over a month and it’s still not scheduled. I call the courts and they say they are just waiting. Is there anything I can do to speed the scheduling up?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 12, 2022

The are more steps that have to be followed. Representing yourself in a divorce is unwise. You really need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney. You are not only emotionally involved, you do not know the Court rules or proper procedures. Trying to save some money can often result in costly... Read more »

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