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As many of you know, New Jersey is an Equitable Distribution state.  What does this really mean?  The short version is that, in a divorce, the assets and liabilities are divided in a manner that is “fair and equitable”.  A bit vague, isn’t it?  The statute speaks to fifteen different factors that might sway the division of assets and debts.

Celebrity divorces are fascinating when it comes to settlement.  According to published reports, the most expensive settlement was that paid by Michael Jordan- $168 million to his ex-wife.  Neil Diamond paid $150 million; Steven Spielberg- $100 million.  The highest paid settlement paid by a woman was Madonna to Guy Ritchie: somewhere between $76 million and $92 million. (http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/16/celebrity-divorce-madonna-biz-media-cz_ls_1216celebdivorces.html).

Obviously not all, or possibly any, of these famous people live in Equitable Distribution states (or even the U.S.)  However, it does make you ponder the meaning of equitable.  In these times, often equitable distribution is a question of how to divide debts, rather than assets.

To find out your rights and responsibilities under the Equitable Distribution laws of New Jersey, call one of our family law attorneys at 908 879 9499.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say.  This is especially true when the picture is published on the internet via Facebook.  A Ohio woman discovers not only that her Husband is having an extra-marital affair, but goes onto his girlfriend’s Facebook page and flips through a photo-album of her husband marrying the other woman.  A California woman finds her two children who were taken by their father some fifteen years earlier.  The first time the woman saw her daughter’s face in fifteen years was on a public computer in a California library.

The internet, and its’ various creations, including Facebook and Twitter, are both a blessing and a curse.  It can be an invaluable tool to family law attorneys who are trying to find out information, including the whereabouts of a spouse who is hiding from service of the complaint or a parent who is avoiding their child support obligations.  On the other hand it can lead to some awkward conversations if your client is discovered having an affair based on something they posted on the internet.  Please contact one of our family law attorneys at (908) 879-9499 about any legal questions you may have.