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June 2014 Archives

Protecting pets during divorce

New Jersey residents who are fans of actors Antonio Banderas or Melanie Griffith may have heard that Griffith is seeking custody of the couple's three dogs in divorce proceedings. The conflict mirrors one that is happening in divorces across the country. Custody of pets is becoming an increasingly contentious point when two people split.

How can heterosexual couples avoid marriage tax penalty?

Many New Jersey couples who are thinking about tying the knot may be interested to learn that the state allows civil unions for all couples and domestic partnerships for heterosexual couples over the age of 65. What this really means is that couples can chose these options over traditional marriage in order to avoid the so-called marriage tax penalty.

Social media prenup clauses

Some New Jersey couples may wonder what happens if his or her partner posts something damaging to their reputation on social media. It could be something that was spur of the moment like a revealing bathing suit photo, or it could be a more organized attack after the relationship has gone sour. Either way, what goes on the Internet has a way of staying there. That's why some couples are including clauses about social media in their prenuptial agreements.

The basics of asset division in a New Jersey divorce

New Jersey residents who are about to get a divorce may be interested in hearing some basic advice about asset division. New Jersey courts follow equitable distribution principles, and thus absent an agreement between the parties a court will divide up marital property in a manner that it deems fair. If possible, parties may want to try reaching a divorce settlement outside of court.

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