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Effects of Divorce on Children

Effects of Divorce on Children

When parents get divorced, their children can become deeply affected. Not knowing what is happening, and taking on new emotions and challenges can all have an impact on how the child develops his or her self-esteem and personality. While 75 percent of children are against their parents’ decision to divorce, about 50 percent of all children in North America will see their parents split up. Even though divorce affects everyone – parents, children, family members – it can take its toll differently depending on age.

Asking Your Lawyer the Right Alimony Questions


Staying informed about what’s going on in your divorce proceeding will help you make better decisions in the process and will also enable you to provide more relevant, accurate information to your attorney. This is particularly important in the alimony process, where lots of financial information will need to be analyzed. In addition to those questions, you’ll also need to ask your attorney some questions before choosing that attorney.
Here are a few questions you need to ask your New Jersey alimony attorney:

  • Are you experienced in family law and have you worked on many divorce cases involving alimony? Experience matters, so you need to ensure that the attorney you choose knows New Jersey alimony laws.
  • What information do you need from me to pursue alimony? Working closely with your attorney by providing financial documentation, and informing the attorney of accounts and assets your spouse may have, will help the attorney secure a more favorable alimony result.
  • How will my current living conditions or the issue of fault in my divorce influence alimony? Fault in a divorce rarely affects alimony, any more, but it might if you have or your spouse has done something particularly egregious. You need an open and honest dialog with your attorney so he or she will know all the particulars of the case.
  • Can I get pendente lite alimony? This is a temporary alimony arrangement until a permanent alimony agreement is set.

By keeping a clear channel of communication open with your attorney, you can improve your chances of obtaining a favorable alimony result.
The Micklin Law Group is a New Jersey law firm specializing in family law and divorce. Attorney Brad Micklin was recently named to The National Advocates list of Top 100 attorneys from each state. To set up a free consultation, call 973-562-0100.

Alimony: Spousal Support

Alimony: Spousal Support

When you are going through a divorce, there are a number of different outcomes that may occur in addition to dissolving your marriage. One such outcome is alimony, which is a legally binding financial agreement between a couple that can be awarded during divorce proceedings. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is usually awarded when one spouse has a significantly larger income than the other. In that case, the court mandates regular payments in order to assist with financial security when the divorce is finalized.
There are different factors that go into the amount of alimony that is awarded in a case, including the length of marriage, earning capacity, and custodial responsibilities after the divorce. In addition, common types of alimony include:

  • Limited Duration – Lasts until a specific date
  • Rehabilitative – Lasts until the receiving party can return to work
  • Reimbursement – Lasts until the paying party reimburses the payee of the resources spent to further the paying party’s education or career
  • Open Durational – Does not have a set expiration time

Spousal support may also come to an end when the receiving party enters into cohabits with another, either party dies, the paying spouse retires, there is a significant decrease in the earnings of the paying spouse, or if evidence shows the receiver is not making efforts to become self-supporting. For additional questions about alimony, discuss your situation with an experienced divorce attorney.

Four Things to Know about New Jersey Alimony Laws


Sweeping changes to New Jersey alimony were signed into effect by Gov. Chris Christie in September 2014. Understanding the changes is vital to women seeking a divorce in New Jersey, particularly those who were stay-at-home mothers or who relied solely on their husband’s income. Four of the most important changes to New Jersey alimony include:

Understanding New Jersey’s New Alimony Law


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill making sweeping changes to New Jersey alimony laws, including eliminating permanent alimony. Any woman contemplating a divorce in New Jersey needs to understand the new laws to make the best decisions possible about her financial future.
The biggest change is that permanent alimony is no longer allowable under New Jersey law. The new standard is “open durational alimony.” In general, payers of alimony will be able to apply to end the payments when they reach retirement age.

The new alimony laws were adopted on Sept. 11, 2014 and apply mainly to future divorces, although it does allow that under most circumstances current alimony payments will end when the spouse paying those reaches age 67.

Alimony 101 for Spouses Considering Divorce


Divorce is a major life event, with many implications, including financial ones. For New Jersey women considering divorce, alimony is an important consideration, particularly if she has not pursued a career, instead devoting her life to domestic pursuits.

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How to Deal with a Narcissist and Other Personality Disorders in Divorces

divorcing a narcissist

There are many issues that arise during a divorce, but what can make the entire process extremely difficult is when one spouse has a personality disorders that influences the path of the marriage dissolution.  One of the major problems with this situation is that the public perception of the spouse with the personality disorder may be that he or she is charismatic and charming, while the reality behind the scenes is someone who is manipulative and dangerously aggressive, lashing out when the facts challenge the reality that he has created.  It is a challenge to convince the court that the public persona is not the real individual.  This is particularly stressful if there are children involved in the divorce.

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