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Every day we read about the latest celebrity breakup. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been especially active in the headlines recently.  Their divorce is especially difficult and sensitive because they are parents to young children.  Children who most likely had no say in the divorce itself or the added attention that it has brought to their already famous family.  We were happy to read the headline this week that Brad and Angelina are going to put up a “united front” in their divorce and are agreeing to seal sensitive records relating to their children.  Children and their protection should always be the primary goal of all the adults involved in a divorce – from parents, to attorneys, to the Judge.  It does not matter who you are, be it a Hollywood celeb or an average Joe, at the end of the day you are a parent and that bond will continue. Part of a successful divorce is not just ending the marriage, but building a plan for the future. If you have questions about the divorce process please contact one of our experienced attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499.

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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 holiday season is quickly approaching. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for parents going through a divorce. The question of who will have parenting time during which holiday will inevitably be an issue to address. The best way to reduce this added stress during the holidays is to develop a plan with your spouse outlining the schedule for each holiday that is celebrated. Discussing holiday plans and schedules in advance with your spouse is key to prevent misunderstandings and avoid unnecessary anxiety. Planning ahead will also allow the children to be involved in the plans and know exactly where they are going for the holidays. Courts encourage parents going through a divorce to come to an agreement on a holiday parenting time plan.

However, as with any other divorce related issue, disagreements concerning holiday parenting time may inevitably occur. If you are separated from your spouse, contemplating a divorce, or already divorced and need to modify your holiday parenting time plan, we are here to help. We also offer mediation services to assist both you and your spouse in formulating a plan to keep the holidays enjoyable even during this difficult time. To schedule a consultation with an experienced matrimonial attorney please call us at (908) 879-9499, or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

As we approach tax season, the question of whether or not to file a joint return with your spouse becomes a particularly important consideration if you are contemplating a divorce. While it is usually more beneficial to file a joint return, there are situations when filing separately may be the better option. For example, you suspect that your spouse may be omitting income or overstating deductions, and you do not want to be held personally responsible for your spouse’s potential tax liability. You may also want to keep finances separate if you have separated from your spouse and/or are considering a divorce.
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 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.

Please join us on April 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the County College of Morris, Randolph Campus for our workshop entitled “Post-Judgment Relief and Estate Planning.”

To register for this workshop, please call (973) 328-5025, or e-mail womenscenter@ccm.edu. CCM requires pre-registration.

Reality TV stars, Kris and Bruce Jenner, have recently announced their separation after 22 years of marriage. In an interview for People Magazine, Bruce Jenner stated that no one is filing for divorce. Many couples struggle with the decision of whether or not there should be a period of separation before moving forward with formally filing for divorce. There are important considerations to keep in mind if you are considering a separation. Not all states recognize legal separation. The State of New Jersey, unlike other states such as California, does not have a formal law authorizing legal separation. Therefore, during the period of separation, if a divorce complaint is not filed, you will not have a pending court matter that will permit you to file an application seeking a court order for alimony, child support, distribution of property and parenting time.

Couples may separate at any time. However, while there is no legal separation in New Jersey, an individual is not excused from his or her financial and other family obligations upon a separation. Of course, upon separation, significant issues such as parenting time and support must be addressed. It is possible to negotiate an agreement with your spouse to address important issues during a period of separation. Also, if a spouse decides to abandon his or her financial responsibilities following a separation, the other spouse may file a complaint with the court requesting an order for support, without also filing for divorce. It is also possible to file for a parenting time order without filing for divorce in the event parenting time becomes an issue during a period of separation.

However, it is important to keep in mind that since there is no legal separation in New Jersey, there is no restriction on dissipating marital assets as there would be once a divorce complaint is filed. For example, if you and your spouse decide to separate and the next day your spouse withdraws all the money from a joint bank account, you cannot obtain a court order directing that the funds be returned unless a divorce matter is pending. Also, once a divorce complaint has been filed, neither spouse can cancel or modify any insurance policy without prior consent of the other spouse or court order. No similar protection exists during a separation prior to the filing of a divorce complaint. Contact an experienced attorney at Iandoli & Edens, LLC today at 908-879-9499 to assist you in determining the best option for your needs. We are here to protect your rights.

Iandoli and Edens is collecting non-perishable food for the Backpack Program. It is a charitable organization which collects and distributes food to parents of children. If you would like to contribute, we will keep a box in our waiting room for non-perishable food items. The program has suggested:

•Cereal-low sugar, child friendly
•Canned tuna or chicken
•Macaroni “N” cheese
•Peanut butter and jelly
•Pancake mix and syrup
•Applesauce and fruit (single serve), no sugar added
•Shelf-stable milk
•Meals in a can, like Dinty Moore and Chef Boyardee
•Granola type snack bars
•Raisins, individually boxed

While New Jersey has Child Support guidelines for certain income levels, there are no such charts for alimony. Join our 2-hour workshop to learn the factors affecting alimony, child support and distribution of assets and debt in separation and divorce.

Where: Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education, Room 105

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

To Register: Call Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education at (973) 664-2295

We hope to see you there!

Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again: October 31st – Halloween. When a family is intact, both parents are able to enjoy helping their children dress up in costumes, chaperone door-to-door trick-or-treating, and join in on the scary story telling.

When divorcing, however, many parents are frightened at the thought of missing this memorable holiday with their beloved children.  “Halloween, like Thanksgiving and the winter break holidays, is certainly an important holiday parents do not want to miss with their children,” explains Ann Edens, a partner with Iandoli & Edens.

Diane Vidal, an associate with Iandoli & Edens, states, “It is best to discuss Halloween at the time of the divorce or separation and divide the time in the best way possible.”  Although this may appear to be a gruesome task, parents who are able to refrain from the howling screams, but instead choose to communicate with one another, typically agree on a method that works for them and their children. A parenting time schedule may help divorcing or separating couples settle their differences. The best part? It doesn’t have to be a scary Nightmare. Alternating the holiday on even and odd years is an option or dividing the afternoon between the parents may also work. “Every family is different. What may work for the Jones’ may be a horrible idea for the Smith’s,” says Stefanie Gagliardi, an associate with Iandoli & Edens. So, put away the fangs and the pitchfork and rest assured that your decision to share Halloween equally will not haunt you in the future. Your children will love you more for it.

Feel free to contact one of our family law attorneys at (908) 879-9499 for a consultation to discuss your family law concerns.  Click onto www.iandoliedens.com for more information.