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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, I live in Paramus, NJ. I'm looking to get divorced from my husband, who I've been separated from since 1995.

I've not seen nor heard from him and would like to get a divorce and some alimony. I found out from our son he gave a credit card to my son's roommate, so I guess he can afford some alimony also. We were married in 1985.

Leonard R. Boyer
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answered on May 16, 2024

I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that you have been separated since 1995, so your chances of being awarded spousal support are extremely slim. The good news is that you can get a divorce. You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney that will enable you to get on... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: will title insurance protect my home from my son and his lawyer?they have plans to take and sell the home

deceased wife and myself are on title

son and his lawyer want to cash in

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answered on May 4, 2024

Title insurance is irrelevant. You need to retain an experienced mortgage foreclosure defense and civil litigation attorney. Expect to pay for one hour of attorney time to review all the documents and provide you with the best way to proceed. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hiding assets overseas in divorce matter.

My spouse closed his bank accounts overseas and failing to disclose all of his assets and personal businesses. We’ve subpoenaed the bank but no response. Thus his discovery was very vague and empty. Is there a way to force this information to come to light? I will add that my judge is not helpful... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Apr 29, 2024

It sounds like you have a lawyer representing you and your lawyer is attempting to get documents for accounts you believe existed at some point in the past. If you have documentary proof of the existence of those accounts, give those documents to your lawyer so that your lawyer can ask the court to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Libel & Slander for New Jersey on
Q: I'm the plaintiff and my motion for summary judgment was granted in my favor.

I don't see any monetary for damages tho. Is there a next step or am I suppose to file something

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Apr 24, 2024

I have no idea what requests were sought as part of your summary judgment application.

My suggestion is that you pay a lawyer for his / her time to review your summary judgment application, the opposition filed, the reply papers filed ( with all exhibits) and the proposed form of order you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Ex was awarded 1/2 my pension. He’s behind in child support. Will this be garnished if still unpaid when I retire?

He took half of my teachers pension in our divorce. His wages are already garnished. He is currently 20k behind with still 5 more years of child support to pay. When it comes to retirement at 55 (I am currently 45) and he still owes child support- will my pension still go to him or will it be... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Apr 20, 2024

Start with the presumption that his share of the pension will not be garnished. If there are arrears outstanding from his child support obligation, you need to file an application with the court and ask the court to enter an order imposing a garnishment on his share of your pension for repayment... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Ex was awarded 1/2 my pension. He’s behind in child support. Will this be garnished if still unpaid when I retire?

He took half of my teachers pension in our divorce. His wages are already garnished. He is currently 20k behind with still 5 more years of child support to pay. When it comes to retirement at 55 (I am currently 45) and he still owes child support- will my pension still go to him or will it be... View More

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger
answered on May 9, 2024

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that your ex is behind in child support. Yes, in most circumstances, private pensions (but not social security) can be garnished. However, it is not “automatic.” You will likely need to make an application to the Court to establish the garnishment. I... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am looking to file for divorce in the state of New Jersey. I am not sure if my partner had already filed.

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Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If your partner filed for divorce, typically they would have you “served”, meaning you would be given a copy of the divorce complaint and any ancillary documents. If your partner has an attorney, you can also contact their office to inquire about the status of any complaint/filing. If your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How long it takes in hudson county after MSA been filed been there waiting for more than year in an uncontested divorce?

Hi i have filed the default divorce in April 2023. We filed the MSA in january 2024. And then filed the certification to give divorce on papers in february 2024. How long it takes i have an attorney and court doesn’t tell me anything and he says they are backed up you just have to wait? Is there... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If you and your spouse have been waiting for a Final Judgment of Divorce back from the Court, it may be worth it to contact the Family Division in Hudson County and inquire as to the status of your matter. The phone number is available on the New Jersey Superior Court website. It may be that the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, My x-wife and I have amicably agreed to a modification of alimony, how do I do that? Thanks.

I have been unemployed for +1yr but have recently taken a +50% decrease in salary to work. My x-wife and I have a great relationship and both agree to new terms. I just don't know how to file paperwork to make this happen.

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Apr 18, 2024

When spouses agree on a modification to their Final Judgment of Divorce (such as an agreement to modify alimony) they can memorialize that agreement in writing and file what’s called a consent order with the Court. Before filing, both parties should sign the written agreement indicating they... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can an appraiser use pictures of items if spouse refuses to meet appraiser in divorce?

Spouse has luxury watches. He provided me with pictures of them. He is refusing to meet with appraiser and bring watches. If appraiser uses pictures instead of actually inspecting watches, is that called hearsay?

LaDonna M. Cousins
LaDonna M. Cousins
answered on Apr 18, 2024

Consider interviewing a couple appraisers to inquire and compare their rates. You may also consider filing a Motion with the Court asking the Court to compel your spouse to participate in the appraisal, to make a negative inference against your spouse if they refuse to participate, and to reimburse... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I’m married with a 4 year old child. My wife wants to separate. move to Florida and take my daughter. She wants me to

Honor her wish without me fighting for my daughter to be close to both of us. I’m willing to let her go but not permanently. How should I handle this

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answered on Apr 14, 2024

This could be done straightforward basis except for the part about it not being permanent. After about 1 year, the child's home state becomes FL. and your chances of achieving your objective diminish substantially. You should probably rethink this entire situation. There is no easy answer and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I’m married with a 4 year old child. My wife wants to separate. move to Florida and take my daughter. She wants me to

Honor her wish without me fighting for my daughter to be close to both of us. I’m willing to let her go but not permanently. How should I handle this

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Apr 18, 2024

This sounds like a difficult decision at an emotionally charged time. I would strongly recommend taking a pause before consenting to the move. When parties are going through a divorce, it can sometimes feel easiest in the short term to just agree and minimize conflict. However, long-term, just... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: my son has locked items belonging to me and my deceased wife in his room

how do i report a larceny?

Louis A Casadia
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answered on Apr 12, 2024

Call your local police department and explain the situation to them. It is hard to give any other suggestion with the limited information provided. How old is your son? Does he pay you rent? What items were taken? Understand that if you go down this path with the police you are opening your son up... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Do I still have to pay child support for a child over 19 that is not in school ?

My son turned 19 last June 2023. He is not going to college and working full time and I noticed my Child support amount has been the same for the last 9 months. When i inquired with Child Support they told me I have an "unallocated " support order which I was unaware of . I have a second... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Apr 5, 2024

Thank you for your question.

Typically, child support in New Jersey concludes once the child reaches the age of 19 or is otherwise legally emancipated. However, under certain circumstances, child support can be extended past the age of 19 up until the age of 23. One such circumstance is if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Do I still have to pay child support for a child over 19 that is not in school ?

My son turned 19 last June 2023. He is not going to college and working full time and I noticed my Child support amount has been the same for the last 9 months. When i inquired with Child Support they told me I have an "unallocated " support order which I was unaware of . I have a second... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to have your son declared emancipated and seek a reallocation Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one rule: a good attorney is generally never cheap, and a cheap attorney is generally never good so don't choose based on... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Child Support and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: My daughter is mentally agonized and in trauma due to violent behavior of her father's girlfriend who came to our home

It happened in 2022 and since then a series of events happened including domestic violence on me (the mother by the father). I need to know what actions can I take against the father and his girl friend. My daughter is in High School and she is always traumatized that the woman may harm her

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney who has extensive domestic violence trial experience. The attorney will help you to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against both the father and his girlfriend. Criminal charges against both may also be possible, but that will require... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What exactly is a “notice pursuant to 15 USC 1692g” letter?

Received a notice as mentioned above from an attorneys office hired by the property management that handles my lease. The balance indicated *was correct but I’m assuming it was printed before the payment made could post to the account. Currently, balance is 0. What exactly does this letter mean?... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

A "Notice Pursuant to 15 USC 1692g" refers to a communication from a debt collector informing you of your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This notice is typically sent when a debt collector first contacts you about a debt, and it must include specific information... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I voluntarily agreed to pay my ex wife alimony. I’ve been paying her for 10 years now and she remarried. Can I revoke it

The agreement doesn’t specify termination date

Flavio Van Boekel
Flavio Van Boekel
answered on Mar 29, 2024

If your agreement is silent as when Alimony should end and your ex-wife has remarried, you should retain an experienced attorney to file a notice of Motion to terminate alimony. Remarriage is one of the legal grounds for termination of alimony unless an agreement or order states otherwise. In your... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I voluntarily agreed to pay my ex wife alimony. I’ve been paying her for 10 years now and she remarried. Can I revoke it

The agreement doesn’t specify termination date

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answered on Mar 29, 2024

You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to bring a motion for termination of spousal support and credit for any overpayment. Spousal support can be from the day that they first began cohabitation. With modern technology there are no geographic boundaries on obtaining the best... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I voluntarily agreed to pay my ex wife alimony. I’ve been paying her for 10 years now and she remarried. Can I revoke it

The agreement doesn’t specify termination date

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Apr 1, 2024

I have been a divorce lawyer for the past 38 years and I dont think I have ever had someone say that they voluntarily have paid alimony for the past 10 years with no writing in place and even after the other spouse remarried. I presume you have been making all of your payments directly and not... View More

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