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Housing missteps during a divorce

Figuring out what to do with the home is often one of the many issues that have to be addressed at the end of a marriage. New Jersey estranged couples should know what their options are and how to avoid making decisions that can result in costly mistakes.

The benefits of prenups for entrepreneurs

New Jersey business owners who are considering getting married may wish to give thought to what could become of their valuable assets should their marriage ever end. Although it might seem unlikely, the business itself could benefit from having a prenuptial agreement that carefully outlines which aspects of the company are separate and which are jointly owned.

Understanding alimony

While most people in New Jersey understand what alimony is, there is often confusion about why and when it might be ordered in a divorce case. Family law judges make decisions about requests for alimony based on a number of factors.

The value of a prenuptial agreement

When a couple is about to get married, divorce is probably the last thing they are thinking about. However, divorce is a possibility, and a prenuptial agreement might make it less complicated. Most people assume that prenups are for the wealthy, but New Jersey residents might be surprised to learn that these agreements benefit all couples.

Debt and divorce in New Jersey

When a New Jersey couple goes through a divorce, their assets as well as their debts will be divided by the court according to the principle of equitable distribution if they are otherwise unable to agree on a settlement. However, how the debt is divided may partially depend on who is legally responsible for the obligation. For instance, if a couple had a joint credit card, both parties may be responsible for that debt regardless of who was expected to make the payment.

Keeping assets separate without a prenuptial agreement

While prenuptial agreements are a way to protect one's assets in case of a divorce, couples are not always able to agree about using this tool or one partner may fear bringing the subject up. There are ways to safeguard separate assets in case of a divorce, though this requires being careful during the marriage, and those planning to tie the knot in New Jersey may wish to discuss whether one of these alternatives or a prenuptial agreement is best for them.

About domestic violence

Domestic violence is a scourge in the state of New Jersey and throughout the U.S. Although it is less common than ever before, the sad truth is that many people must endure the damaging, traumatic effects of domestic violence every day. It is even possible for the desperate nature of the situation to be so well hidden that even close friends and relatives are unaware of it.

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.

Stalking laws in New Jersey

New Jersey law defines stalking as behaviors or actions that can make a person placed in the fear of being injured or killed. This includes activities like making threatening phone calls, repeatedly sending unwanted letters or messages, following a person or appearing at a person's residence or place of work in order to intimidate or threaten someone.

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