There’s More to Alimony than Standard of Living

In the State of New Jersey, when determining whether a litigant should be granted alimony, the courts must analyze and apply the fourteen factors enumerated in the alimony statute N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23: 1. The need of one individual for support and the ability of an individual to pay; 2.The length of the individuals’ marriage or their civil union; 3. The age and health of the individuals; 4. The standard of living established during the course of their marriage and the possibility that each individual can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living, Continue Reading

In the News: Grandparents’ Rights

On January 12, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court reached a decision in the Major vs. MacGuire case. This decision brought to light an important subject—grandparents’ rights—and the Supreme Court established a roadmap to be used for addressing procedural issues in grandparents’ rights cases. What do we mean when we say “grandparents’ rights”? Grandparents may have the right to see their grandchildren. According to the Grandparent Visitation Statute, N.J.S.A. 9:2-7.1, a grandparent or a child’s sibling may an application to obtain visitation and it is their burden to prove by Continue Reading

How to Use Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Help Settle Your Divorce

In negotiating a divorce settlement, if either spouse is a U.S. Armed Forces service member, and he or she receives benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, keep in mind that these may be transferable to all eligible close family members. Under The Post-9/11 GI Bill (38 U.S. Code § 3020), a service member can receive up to 36 months of educational benefits, which can be used for up to 15 years after the member has been discharged from active duty. And if this individual meets specific requirements, the benefit can Continue Reading

Pope Francis Stresses the Importance of Mercy for Divorced People

The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics has released a ground-breaking apologist’s exhortation on modern family life titled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Pope Francis made headlines in early April with a new directive aimed at making the Catholic Church more accepting and forgiving of divorced people.   Throughout the comprehensive, reform-minded document, the Pope examines many of the pitfalls of modern life and establishes a theme of tolerance for all types of families. The lack of family cohesiveness clearly troubles the pontiff, who lamented that many families are compartmentalized, barely Continue Reading

What Does New Jersey’s New Child Support Bill Mean for Your Family?

On January 19, 2016, Governor Christie signed into law S-1046/A-2721, affecting the termination of child support and medical support. The new law provides that the payor’s obligation to pay child support terminates automatically (without an order of the court) if and when a child turns 19, marries, dies, or enters the military service unless there is an existing written agreement or order that specifies another end date. For families whose child is already over the age of 19 — Child support will end on February 1, 2017, rather than on Continue Reading

New Jersey Military Divorce

This Blog piece focuses on New Jersey Military Divorce. NJ is currently is home to military personnel serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Military service can be hard on families. One or both spouses’ service in the military can affect your New Jersey divorce, child support, or custody matter. Getting advice from a New Jersey attorney with experience in military divorce is crucial to resolving all of your alimony/spousal, child support and other related financial issues, as well as protecting your parental rights and custody and Continue Reading

Murphy and Cistaro Family Law Blog

This Blog piece focuses on New Jersey Military Divorce. NJ is currently home to military personnel serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Military service can be hard on families. One or both spouses’ service in the military can affect your New Jersey divorce, child support, or custody matter. Getting advice from a New Jersey attorney with experience in military divorce is crucial to resolving all of your alimony/spousal, child support and other related financial issues, as well as protecting your parental rights and custody and Continue Reading