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Three Reasons Divorce Mediation Usually Works

By Katherine K. Wagner |

If both parties negotiate in good faith, mediation has about a 90 percent success rate. “Good faith” means that both parties place all their cards on the table, and both parties are willing to make some compromises in order to make a deal. Generally, mediation takes place outside a courtroom setting. The sessions normally… Read More »

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Financial and Emotional Issues in Divorce Cases

By Katherine K. Wagner |

The divorce rate has declined significantly since the 1990s. However, divorce’s moral acceptability rating is at an all-time high. In other words, people who would never have considered divorce before, such as people over 60, now see marriage dissolution as a legitimate way to end a marriage they see as unsatisfying for some reason…. Read More »

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Five Common Property Division Factors in New Jersey

By Katherine K. Wagner |

New Jersey is an equitable distribution  state. A divorce cannot be an unfair financial burden for either party, so marital property must be divided accordingly. That includes both debts and assets. There is a presumption that a 50-50 division is equitable in most cases. So, for a Somerville equitable distribution attorney to obtain a… Read More »

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The Five Types of Alimony in New Jersey

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Spousal support, and specifically the nature and purpose of spousal support, is one of the most hotly-debated family law topics of our day. Some advocates believe these payments should help obligees become economically self-sufficient, and that’s it. Others think alimony should permanently equalize the standard of living between the former spouses. For the most… Read More »

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Custody Options in a Co-Parenting Environment

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Before World War II, divorced fathers almost always got custody of their children. Mothers received limited visitation rights, at best. That dynamic flipped after World War II, with the advent of the so-called “tender years” doctrine. Today, New Jersey has a co-parenting law. Presumptively, children benefit when they have consistent and meaningful contact with… Read More »

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Step-by-Step Guide to How to Begin a Divorce in NJ

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Learn from one of the top divorce attorneys in NJ how to begin a divorce proceeding and how to follow through with it, in four easily-understandable steps. If you are looking for a starting point and a step-by-step guide to the planning, filing, and legal procedure of divorce, read on for this guide by… Read More »

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New Jersey Lawyer to Help with Divorce Over Stepchild

By Katherine K. Wagner |

Are your stepchildren causing problems in your marriage? Would you be surprised to learn that in New Jersey, friction caused by step children and ex-spouses is frequently the cause of divorce? If you are contemplating divorce because of stepchildren, contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options. Divorcing Because… Read More »

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Five Ways a Mother Can Lose Custody of Her Child

By Katherine K. Wagner |

First, How is Child Custody Determined? A family law judge in New Jersey will determine what is in the best interests of the child in awarding custody to either or both parents.  It is possible for a mother, or a father, to lose custody entirely if it is in the best interests of the… Read More »

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NJ Alimony Law Update [2019]

By Katherine K. Wagner |

As an experienced Somerset County, NJ alimony law attorney I have had to keep up with recent changes in New Jersey alimony statutes. If you are contemplating getting divorced, are in the process of getting divorced, or are the recipient or the payor of alimony in NJ, you need to read on – there… Read More »

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How Long Do You Pay Child Support in NJ? [2019 Update]

By Katherine K. Wagner |

The Principles of Child Support in New Jersey The guiding principles of child support in New Jersey are that children should not be economic victims in a divorce. Instead, children are considered entities who are entitled to share in their parent’s income, and in New Jersey parents have a continuous duty to support their… Read More »

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