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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: My soon to be ex wife has sent me a divorce complaint. I don't have a problem with anything in complaint.

She also sent me a letter for me to sign saying I do not contest whats written in the complaint and also that I wave the time I'm aloud to respond to this complaint. My problem and question is if I sign this letter can she go and change the complaint since she would have my signature saying... Read more »

Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jul 23, 2021

The problem is what is in her request for judgment and whether you have all potential disputes resolved. If you have any outstanding disputes (child custody/support, alimony, equitable distribution of assets and/or debts), then you have to be very, very careful about what you sign. You should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for New Jersey on
Q: How much alimony am I entitled to get?

My husband filed for divorce after marriage of 27 months.He filed for divorce in new jersey.He is 32 years old citizen.I am 27 years old green card holder.He earns 70k and I earn 20k annually. I am not having any usa educational degree. He brought house and car before marriage.

What can I... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jul 16, 2021

These questions cannot be decided in a vacuum like this. You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to protect your interests in this matter. This is not a do-it-yourself project. You can "meet" your attorney by way of a secured video conference or in person. Remember, a good... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Sons wife filed for divorce, finalized 10/29/2020. Unfortunately he 52 yo passed 3/2/21

She was ordered yo give him $$ from her 401k. When lawyer dispensed escrow $. He was to give to him then. He didn’t. Now he says she wants 3/21 pension share that she was normally receiving. $$ came a week after he passed and i put i to bank. Lawyer now not returning my calls, e-mails, etc.... Read more »

Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jun 17, 2021

I would reach out to an attorney who handles estates matters. I sounds like your son's estate probably has a claim against his former spouse for the funds that were supposed to be transferred to him pursuant to the divorce decree.

I don't understand the part of your question...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex wife has been receiving SSDI child support payments for the 4 children but I don't get credited for the payments
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 19, 2021

If your children are receiving SSD benefits on as a result of your disability, then you are entitled to a seek a credit in the calculation of child support under the child support guidelines - meaning that these benefits are intended to be deducted from your guidelines child support obligation. As... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I have been battling a 4.5 year divorce. How do I get out of this? Judge is biased because ex is ill. No access 401k o

I filed a motion in January to finalize the divorce since I don't have access to my 401K. I also don't have access to my children's college funds (they are in college and we need the money). Still no response. During the last ruling, I filed with the appellate court because the judge... Read more »

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger answered on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your question. It’s difficult to give a complete response without looking at the Orders entered in the case. A contested divorce taking over 4 years is not unusual especially if you live in a highly populated county such as Essex or Hudson. Now with COVID the time for completion... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: NJ college tuition as part of child support

We have an MSA codified when we were in Virginia but divorced in NJ where we both currently live. I’m concerned my ex wife will try to take me to court to use NJ law/precedent to make me pay college tuition after child support ends. 1. Is she likely to win in NJ court even if we have an MSA from... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 6, 2021

I dont think my answer will come as a big surprise to you. You need to sit down with an experienced family law attorney to review the terms of your agreement and any court orders entered in your matter ( in Virginia and in New Jersey) to determine how a court would address the issue if presented.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My husband and I are divorcing and have drafted a settlement agreement outlining all issues concerning the children,

property division, debts, etc. Neither party is requesting spousal support or child support.Given this, do we still need to complete all of the financial information requested on the case information statement. I know generally they are used to determine/outline issues of spousal or child support,... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 5, 2021

If you and your husband have prepared a formal settlement agreement resolving all issues outstanding ( as opposed to a document "outlining" same), in filing your respective pleadings with the court, you and your husband can simply seek enforcement of the settlement agreement and let the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Interstate: California has Jurisdiction over divorce, filed first there. NJ just issued a dissolution. Where do I start?

I filed first in California 8/14/17. He filed in NJ in June 2020. NJ has jurisdiction over division of assets and custody but CA retained jurisdiction over status of divorce. He would not agree to settlement, so we had not moved forward with divorce. Judge issued dissolution without ordering us to... Read more »

Michael K McFadden
Michael K McFadden answered on Mar 29, 2021

A resident of New Jersey can file a divorce complaint in New Jersey. The only requirement is that the Plaintiff was a bona fide resident of the State of New Jersey for more than one year. Both New Jersey and California are signatories to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Divorce has dragged on for 3 years, getting ready for trial. What date do you fill out for assets on CIS?

Date of filing or current value of retirement?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 18, 2021

If you are represented by counsel, all your questions need to be directed to your attorney. If you are not represented by an experienced matrimonial attorney, then you really need to retain one.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: In 2002 i got married in ny. Dv left 2005 no contact since. Moved to nj. Can i get divorced still?

I was too scared. He is an illegal immigrant and dont know his whereabouts.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 17, 2021

Short answer is yes and since you live in New Jersey and have lived in New Jersey for more than 1 year, you can file a complaint for divorce in New Jersey.

Presuming you cannot locate your spouse and your lawyer conducts a reasonable investigation to try and locate him ( in accordance with...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: What are my options for using the red flag law in nj against my husband? He has been using drugs, and making suicidal

My husband has been using drugs, and acting erratic. He's made suicidal references. He is diabetic and not taking care of himself. He has called our small children curse words. I want to know, since he owns MANY guns, in a safe I have no access to, how and what anonymous actions I can take to... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 17, 2021

1. I would write down the specific behavior changes you have noticed with your husband in the past 6 months and how those changes have become more erratic ( and using specific examples with dates and time if possible) and why that behavior is causing you fear for your husbands actions having access... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law, Civil Rights and International Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hypothetically let's say an immigrant married a US resident, and planned on creating a life here in the US together.

However the immigrant through time and lifestyle choices and even personal relationships, no longer felt the relationship they were in was feesable for them and the US resident to remain as a couple.

However the immigrant has a job and a life that they enjoy as well they may have even... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 5, 2021

What you describe is real life that repeats itself throughout the country in every state. You need to retain an experienced matrimonial and immigration attorney otherwise you will be in over your head. No hypotheticals about it!

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I live in NJ and my kids live in TN. The divorce and parenting plan were made in TN. Is it valid if they move out of TN?

My kids and their mom are moving out of TN to Georgia and I currently live in NJ. Is the parenting agreement that was made in TN regarding travel and child support still valid in another state?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 2, 2021

Not a simple question since you are telling me that your ex and the children are planning on moving out of Georgia.

If they were staying in Georgia, under the “Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act” (UCCJEA), Georgia would retains control over your children. But if no...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Is it a bad idea to switch to another lawyer after divorce to file a QDRO? How is that done or can you do it on your own
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Feb 23, 2021

Most attorneys will not draft a QDRO, but rather will retain an experienced expert to prepare it. Whether or not you should change attorneys, is a personal decision. But at this point, a new attorney may be reluctant to take the case. You should try to work things out with your current attorney.... Read more »

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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?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 22, 2021

No! Your ex-wife must make a motion with the Court to do so. However, if you think there is a real danger of this happening, then you need to be proactive and retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to bring an action before the Court, to impound their passports. It always pays to be proactive... Read more »

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Q: I married in PR live in NJ my ex-wife lives in Ohio we been separated for over 8 years can we get divorce from the u.s
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 14, 2021

Where you were married and where your wife lives are irrelevant to obtaining a divorce in New Jersey. If you meet New Jersey's residence rule. If she cannot be located, then service by publication is required. But that is not a problem. But, you must retain an experienced matrimonial attorney... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Pro se waived rights to marital property-Can that be reconsidered since the house was sold?
Andrew John Economos
Andrew John Economos answered on Jan 13, 2021

As with many questions, it depends. Are they divorced yet? Is there a divorce agreement specifically stating that pro se unconditionally waived their rights to the house? If the answer to these questions is "yes", then absent a showing of fraud (which is no small task), it should not be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Divorced in 2017 in N.J. Not amicably. I was awarded "life alimony". The ex just asked me to adjust alimony (no court in

Divorced in 2017 in N.J. Not amicably. I was awarded "life alimony". The ex just asked me to adjust alimony (no court involved, just "between us") to reflect his income loss for 2019 and 2020, and suggests 50 payments/year instead of 52.

My income is close to zero. He... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jan 4, 2021

The real issue is whether your ex's income setting was impacted by Covid or whether he was claiming his income setting could not support his alimony obligation prior to Covid. If he was claiming to be unable to pay the amount of alimony owed in 2019, then the question is what took place... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: My ex wife has recently passed away. Am I or my daughter responsible for any or all of her bills?

My ex-wife passed away last week. She was rushed to the hospital and had no medical insurance. Our daughter is a full time college student, and has just turned 21. Is my daughter responsible for her mother's medical bills? Or any other bills? Such as back taxes her mother owed?

Am I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 30, 2020

I'm very sorry for your family's loss. If you wanted to try reposting and adding Probate and Estate Planning as categories, you could have better chances of a response. There's no guarantee all posts are picked up, but it sounds like something where an attorney could give more... Read more »

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 »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 26, 2020

Unless you adopt the lady's other child, you would have no child support obligation to her for that child. From what you have expressed and the way you have expressed it, you need to retain an experienced NY matrimonial attorney and do not get married prior to having a signed pre-nuptial... Read more »

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