No-Fault vs. Fault Divorce: What Are the Differences?

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Marriage is a form of a contract, and until very recently, when a spouse wanted to end that contract, state laws required them to state a reason for the contract’s termination. As marriage laws evolved, states adopted “no-fault” divorce laws that substantially simplified the divorce process. New York and New Jersey have their own forms of “no-fault” divorce laws, and …

When to Call It Quits on Your Marriage

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Marriage takes commitment and is a constant work in progress. While some couples can work through the tricky and obstacle-laden terrain, others may be questioning whether it’s time to call it quits. Marriages aren’t all sunshine and buttercups. Couples will disagree, and tensions will flare. If your relationship with a spouse has become toxic, or you are both emotionally “checked-out,” …

What Not to Do During Your Divorce

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The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale ranks the stress of divorce second only to the death of a spouse or child. Divorce stresses people out more than imprisonment, death of another family member, personal injury or illness, or losing employment. High levels of cortisol stress hormone can alter the brain’s ability to function properly, including: Disrupting synapse regulation Causing a …

Can Alimony Payments Be Terminated When You Retire?

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NY and NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with office locations in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.  Among many other awards and citations Mr. Goldhamer has accrued over the years, Superlawyers.com honored Paul with its prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation in 2014. When not practicing law, Mr. Goldhamer …

How Will Divorce Impact My Social Security Benefits?

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Social Security can be an important benefit for older people because it supplies income once one has retired. In general, people become eligible at the age of 62, although benefits taken then are lower than they will be at full retirement age (FRA). FRA is reached between 65 and 67, depending on the year of their birth. (For people born …

New Year Brings New Alimony Tax Rules

By Dawn SnyderDivorce attorney

The new year ushered in big changes in the federal tax law – one that now impact alimony payments. While the change directly affects how alimony is treated, it is expected to indirectly influence the way other settlement and divorce divisions are implemented as well. Tax burden shifts under new tax law Historically, the party paying alimony (the higher-earning spouse, …

4 Lessons for Dating After Divorce

By Dawn SnyderDivorce attorney

After the emotional roller coaster of a divorce, settling into a new normal can come as a relief. Starting to date again may be a key step that helps you move forward. However, there are plenty of things you can do when you start dating after divorce that can torpedo the experience. Here are some hard-learned lessons from others who …

What Questions Should I Ask a Divorce Attorney?

By Dawn SnyderDivorce attorney

A divorce can be a long road; you and your attorney will be working together for the length of the proceeding, anywhere from six weeks to a year, and possibly after that if the order needs enforcement action. Having a good rapport with your attorney ensures you will communicate effectively, easing the process and helping to ensure you are working …

How to Let Your Spouse Know You Are Filing for Divorce

By Ryan BrownDivorce attorney

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, it’s important to know how to let your spouse know it. In some couples, the idea of divorce may be in one partner’s mind, but far from the other’s. In others, there may be dissatisfaction or even counseling and separation, but not an agreement on divorce. There are two aspects to letting …