My parents were married in India but we've lived in NJ for the past 22 years. My mom told my dad (100% narcissist) recently that she wants a divorce and to move to CA with me. She and my sibling (we're mid 20s) immediately flew out to CA where I live, and my dad is losing it. Canceling... View More
Thank you for your question. Your mother has likely not met the residency requirement for California. She should file for divorce in New Jersey. She should consult with experienced New Jersey counsel ASAP. Along with the Complaint, there are other things that can be filed with the Court to stop...View More
we went to have a custody court date. She lied and said I threatened her with no proof. the judge granted her a restraining order. we went to court for that and it was switched to a civil restraint order. it says I can only see my son supervised once a week, but she had no proof of why. my son... View More
Thank you for your question. It sounds like there are several variables in your matter. A consent order for civil restraints is generally not entered without the consent of both parties. That being said, the best thing to do is have a consultation with an experienced family law attorney who can...View More
1 child, 50/50 custody, I don’t currently work however I am comfortable using $50K as my yearly salary. I am remarried w 2 other younger children (7&4). My ex husband is not remarried but his fiancé and daughter live with him. Originally our salaries were $150K & $50K, now my ex husband... View More
Thank you for your question. Since your ex-husband is being evasive, you can force the issue and make him produce his tax returns provided it is in your original Marital Settlement Agreement by filing a motion. You can also include in the motion a request to recalculate child support. There are...View More
My brother is divorced from his wife. They were married for over 20 years. He pays her monthly alimony. She has been living with another man for over 5 year. They travel together, her mail goes to his house and they tell everyone they are married. When her son asked her why they just... View More
Hi, thank you for your question. I can see why this is very frustrating. In NJ, alimony can be reduced or terminated if the party receiving it can be shown to be "cohabitating" which means they have a shared financial life. They do not have to be officially living together, and many times...View More
My son isn't married but lives with the mother of his son and she doesn't like me..she has my son convinced I'm teaching my grandson curse words (he is 3 and repeats everything) and I've told my son I never curse in front of him and instead I'm always correcting my son and... View More
If you have had regular visits with him for a continued period of time, you should consult a family law attorney about a Grandparents' Rights case. The attorney can give you advice tailored to your unique situation so that you can know your options and make an informed decision.
Thank you for your question. As you did not specify what your questions are, my best advice is to schedule a consult with an experienced family law attorney to determine your rights and options as far as divorce is concerned. There are many factors that go into potential outcomes, such as length of...View More
Spoke to someone in November 2021 they said I would receive a court date in a few weeks. In January 2022 someone else said they need to look into it. February 2022 they need to verify address/phone number that I gave them. March 2022 somehow didn’t have a record of the address so I provided it... View More
I know this must be very frustrating. The quickest way around the red tape in the probation department is to file a motion for enforcement. You should consult an experienced family law attorney for more information on doing that. Part of your motion can include a request for the other party to pay...View More
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... View More
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... View More
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...View More
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.
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...View More
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... View More
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...View More
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
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.
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...View More
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...View More
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... View More
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...View More
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,...View More
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... View More
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...View More
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