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How alimony is determined in New Jersey

Alimony, sometimes also called spousal support, can be a contentious issue during divorce so it is useful for divorcing couples to understand. Alimony refers to payments made by one spouse to the other spouse after dissolution. Because alimony is a significant concern, divorcing couples should be familiar with how the family law process handles alimony requests.

Dividing property and debt during divorce in New Jersey

Apart from the custody of children, the division of marital property and debts is one of the biggest disputes that couples confront during divorce. Many people carry the false conviction that, following a divorce, marital assets must be divided equally. Who will keep what after a divorce depends on a number of elements, including the laws of the state in which the couple lives or where the divorce is filed.

Federal tax changes and how they affect alimony

Divorce settlements are never straightforward, and this year, they became even more intricate. The federal government's sweeping overhaul of the tax code reformed many of the calculations that influence divorce. Many New Jersey couples learned this year how tax code changes affected their return, with some people owing more than they had expected. Many divorce experts believe that the amendment will make negotiations tougher.

Can stepchildren be adopted without consent?

Marriage, especially later in life, means that you are getting a new spouse, but you may also be acquiring relationships with the children he or she already had before meeting you. This creates myriad issues and may also make you wonder if you should legally adopt this new child or children in your life.

Adopting your stepchild without the noncustodial parent's consent

When you and your spouse married, you understood that you were taking on the role of stepparent. Since then, you and your stepchild have developed a strong parent-child bond. Now, you want to adopt your stepchild so you can offer him or her all the benefits of a legal parent, and your spouse is ecstatic. However, you cannot become a legal parent while the other parent retains his or her parental rights.

3 considerations for divorcing same-sex couples

The legalization of gay marriage brought much joy and overdue validation to the LGBTQ community. In the years since the 2015 ruling, though, many of the couples who joyously married have found themselves facing divorce. The divorce rate among gay couples is not drastically different than that for straight couples, but there are some key differences that the former should take into consideration.

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