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As most of the world is aware, Madonna and Guy Ritchie are involved in a custody battle over their fifteen year old son, Rocco. As family lawyers, these kinds of disputes are some of the most heartbreaking.  The question for the Judge is how much weight to place on a child’s stated preference.  Obviously this is only applicable to older children, typically teenagers.  This poses the conundrum of why the child might be choosing one parent over the other.   Did Dad buy him or her an expensive sports car?  Are the rules at Mom’s much less rigid and therefore allow a teenager to spend free time on activities that may or may not be appropriate for them?   In N.J. the Courts look very carefully at the reasoning behind the child’s words.  NJRC %:8-1 gives a Judge the authority to interview a child “in camera”, meaning in the Judge’s private office.  The attorneys for the respective parents are allowed to submit questions to the Judge that they request be asked of the child.  The wording of these questions can have a substantial impact on the information the Judge takes away from the interview.

If you or someone you know becomes involved in this type of situation, call one of the experienced lawyers at IANDOLI & EDENS- 908 879 9499 for a fee consultation today.

When going through a divorce or separation there are a multitude of sources to turn to for information.  Most of us turn to our friends and family.  After all, they are the core of our belief and trust.  Unfortunately, although they certainly have your best interest in their hearts, the information they may have may be skewed by horror stories of people they know, and perhaps more importantly their love for you and your children, and often your spouse.

The internet may be another source, but again, it is often the awfulness of the stories that hit the social media, with the true facts often obscured by sensationalism.

To learn what the law is in your state, and to hear what the options are in your situation, it is best to talk to an impartial Family Law attorney.  At Iandoli & Edens, we offer free consultations, where you can gather the information you need.  Knowing your rights can give you the power and decision-making knowledge for your individual situation.

To learn more, give IANDOLI & EDENS a call at 908-879-9499 and schedule your free consultation today.   You can also visit us on the web at www.iandoliedens.com.

The release of hacked information from the Ashley Madison dating website for married people has hit and hit hard.  It has been reported that New Jersey is number three in the country for the number of users.

Obviously, infidelity can rock a marriage to its core.  Before this utter devastation caused by the hack, infidelity, if discovered, was often known only to the three individuals involved.   For the people whose names are on the website, as well as the people who find their spouse’s name on the website, there is the additional dismay that friends, neighbors and family members can see them as well.  Unfortunately, this may lead people to react in a manner that is different than if they believe no one else is aware.

If you are affected by the Ashley Madison’s website hack, remember that the first and best response is  to speak to an attorney who knows family law, and find out what all your options are.

For more information, call one of our experienced divorce attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS by phoning 908-879-9499, http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Conscious Uncoupling. What exactly does that mean? Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin used it to describe their decision to divorce. While it may sound very Hollywood, there is a nugget of gold in there. As divorce attorneys at Iandoli & Edens, our motto has been “Divorce Doesn’t Have To Destroy”. In a way, conscious uncoupling embodies that belief.

When a couple decides that their marriage is no longer viable, if they have children, they must become the focus of the “uncoupling”. To raise healthy and happy children under adverse circumstances is difficult, yet it can and has been done. Knowing the love of both parents is crucial, but sometimes even more important is that the children see that parents who are divorcing can still respect each other.

At Iandoli & Edens we try to make that happen by emphasizing the children’s needs. To speak with an experienced divorce attorney call IANDOLI & EDENS at 908-879-9499 for a free consultation today. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

It seems like every time you read a newspaper or Google the news you hear more horrific stories about domestic violence. It can be something like the Ray Rice scandal, caught on video tape and rocking the NFL, or people you’ve never heard of in an article about murder/suicide of a couple.
So is domestic violence on the rise, or is it just more out in the open? Janay Rice allegedly claims that God made Ray do it to bring national attention to the problem of Domestic Violence. Whatever you believe, it is more out in the open today than ever before. Even as little as ten years ago there was an aura of shame felt by victims of Domestic Violence.

Today, Domestic Violence is one of the most complicated proceedings in Family Court. Unlike the Rice’s situation, Domestic Violence is rarely caught on video. Most often it is only the couple (and unfortunately sometimes the children) who witness the incident. In those cases the Judge must decide on the testimony of the two involved in the act, and their credibility. Testifying in open Court about such a private and emotional episode (whether true or not) can be extremely difficult for the litigants. Sometimes the accuser is so nervous or intimidated he or she makes a very poor witness. At times the accused is frantically trying to prove his or her innocence, and does not make a good impression to the Court.

At Iandoli & Edens we have a team of lawyers skilled in Domestic Violence. We take the time to prepare our witnesses, put them at ease, and ensure that they will be ready to take the stand.

If you are a victim or are accused of Domestic Violence, contact one of our professionals at Iandoli & Edens by phoning (908) 879-9499 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys experienced in Domestic Violence. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Don’t you hate it when you call a professional and they do not return your call? We’ve all been there. Doctors, accountants, contractors, real estate agents and, yes, even lawyers have fallen victim to this horrible habit.

It goes without saying, waiting for someone to answer your question or to let you know the status of your matter creates unnecessary anxiety and worry. Very rarely do we come across a professional who will not only take the time to return our call, but who will call us back quickly.

Here, at Iandoli & Edens, LLC, we return phone calls. We answer your emails. We let you know what is going on with your case. Quickly. If an adversary calls on your case and we are unavailable, we return their calls too. Stop waiting by the phone. Iandoli & Edens, LLC is here to help. Call us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Every field has its jargon. In family court and in your lawyer’s office you may hear the following: CIS, ESP, ISC, MSA, and JOD, to name just a few. Let’s give you the definitions:

CIS – stands for Case Information Statement. It is a form required by the court. It requests of you some general information such as name, addresses of you and any children, name and address of employer, name and type of medical insurance coverage, etc. It also asks financial information such as the amount of your monthly and yearly income. It asks you to attach your last tax return as well as three most recent paystubs. It asks for your monthly expenses. The monthly expenses are broken down into Schedules A, B and C. Schedule A covers shelter, Schedule B covers transportation, and Schedule C covers personal expenses. This form also asks you to list all of your assets and debt.

ESP – stands for Early Settlement Panel. If you are unable to settle your case the court will require that you attend an Early Settlement Panel at which time two volunteer attorneys will make a recommendation as to how they think you should settle your case. Sometimes it is helpful for both sides to hear from independent counsel.

ISC – stands for Intensive Settlement Conference. Before a trial, your judge may mandate that you attend an Intensive Settlement Conference at which time the judge will expect you to attempt to settle your case. You will be reporting directly to a judge who will want to know about the progress of your settlement attempts with your adversary while you remain in the courthouse.

MSA – stands for Marital Settlement Agreement. If you are able to settle all of your differences with your adversary, you may enter into what is called a written Marital Settlement Agreement. This Agreement is a legally binding contract and becomes incorporated into your Judgment of Divorce.

JOD – stands for Judgment of Divorce. That is the legal document/order from the court which dissolves your marriage.

For more information about these and anything else related to your separation or divorce, do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879-9499, http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Life changes when the children are not in school. For the stay-at-home parent, scheduling activities and appointments keeps everyone busy. When both parents work, careful planning must be made in advance. Typically the children are enrolled in all-day summer camps, daycare, or babysitters are lined up. Parents must agree on where the children will be placed and how the parents will have those expenses paid. Of course, there may be periods of time during the summer when the summer camp or daycare center is closed. It is best if the parents planned their vacations to cover those days. Sometimes one parent takes vacation from the time school closes in June until the camp or daycare starts. Usually the other parent will take vacation between the period of time that the camp/daycare is closed and school starts again in September. All of this takes careful planning and negotiating in advance. Unfortunately, when people are going through a separation or divorce, it is not always feasible to reach agreement on these issues. To assist with these important issues, do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens, LLC at (908) 879-9499, http://www.iandoliedens.com.

The Internet is a great resource for many things; however, relying on an online site to navigate you through the divorce process can be very risky and is in most cases not a good idea. There is a lot of divorce information available on the Internet. However, there is also a great deal of inaccurate information. Although you may feel your divorce is simple and you can do it correctly yourself, you may ultimately end up doing more damage than good. This damage, once done, may be irreversible. Divorce is an intricate process often requiring the resolution of significant issues such as custody, support, and division of assets. It is important to understand that by representing yourself, you may be giving up important rights. A lawyer will know the proper questions to ask your spouse to obtain relevant information pertaining to your marital assets and liabilities. Online divorce sites can give you basic general information, but will not provide solutions to your specific issues and needs. The only way to ensure that your divorce is handled properly and you achieve the best outcome based on your particular circumstances is to have the assistance of a professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the area of family law. If you are contemplating divorce and have questions about your rights, do not hesitate to call us at (908) 879-9499 to schedule an initial consultation, or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com. Our experienced attorneys are here to help.

There are so many attorneys, you may be wondering where and how to start your search for your divorce attorney. One tip, of course, is to look at the attorney’s website. You may also want to ask professionals, such as other attorneys, therapists and psychologists. You may want to ask family members and friends and learn of their own experiences. Most definitely, you will want to interview the attorney you are considering. The attorney you hire should handle a significant amount of family law cases. Importantly, you want to have a rapport with that attorney. You don’t want to feel reluctant to discuss personal issues with your attorney. You want to be comfortable expressing your concerns and the matters that are most important to you.

For a consultation, call one of our experienced family law attorneys who know how to listen at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879 9499 or click here http://www.iandoliedens.com to learn more about us.

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