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Tag Archives: family law

Do I Have To Go Through Mediation Before My Divorce?

In New Jersey, mediation is not mandatory in divorce cases.  If you decide that mediation is not right for you or if you tried mediation and were not pleased with the results, you have the right to go to court and have your divorce decided by a judge.  However, there is a mandatory process in… Read More »

Fighting Domestic Violence Charges

Former New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas made the news recently when he and his wife were charged for domestic violence stemming from an incident at their home in March.  Recently, the charges were dismissed after the couple signed a consent order resolving the case. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you face some… Read More »

Child Custody: A Father’s Rights

Fathers’ rights historically have been an afterthought when it comes to children and custody decisions. How refreshing is it, then, that New Jersey’s child custody statute is entitled “Custody of Child:  Rights of Both Parents Considered.”  What that means is that fathers’ rights no longer take a backseat, but instead are on equal footing with… Read More »

Preparing for QDROs

In many marriages, the retirement accounts of the couple may be one of the largest financial assets they own. When that couple divorces, questions arise as to how to equitably split up the retirement accounts. The solution is a four-letter acronym known as QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order). A QDRO is an order for the… Read More »

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