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March 2015 Archives

Child support and Social Security garnishments

Parents in New Jersey who are not receiving the child support they are entitled to may want to look into garnishing the other parent's Social Security benefits. This is not possible if the benefits are in the form of Supplemental Security Income because it is considered public assistance, but it may be with earned benefits such as disability, retirement or survivor benefits.

Illness and divorce in New Jersey

According to a study recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, couples were 6 percent more likely to divorce if the wife became ill. When a husband had an illness, conversely, it did not lead to any corresponding increase. There were some theories offered as to why this may have been the case.

New Jersey divorcees may be surprised by what counts as assets

Those who seek divorces in New Jersey and other locales might discover that their creative work counts as value-bearing assets that can be dispensed at a court's discretion. Individuals like artists, whose pieces are sometimes subject to the terms of licensing contracts and other arrangements, could have their works deemed marital or communal property by family law officials. When determining the speculative or real value of such property, both spouses have the option to hire their own appraisers.

Divorce rates among doctors

For New Jersey residents thinking about going to medical school, the idea that doctors often end up divorced due to their workload may have crossed their minds. However, the results of a study published on Feb. 19 showed that this may not be the case; in fact, the results suggest that doctors are actually less likely to divorce than other professionals in the health care industry.

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