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Keeping track of your alimony payments may pay off long term

Going through divorce can understandably be tough from an emotional standpoint, but it can also be difficult financially. This is particularly true if either you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse will pay alimony.

Determining who should pay alimony following divorce and how much is just part of the equation. The other part is keeping track of your alimony records after the finalizing of your divorce. Here is a look at how courts handle alimony, or spousal maintenance, in New Jersey and what records you should keep.

How will my divorce affect the marital possessions?

There may be a time in life when you decide to break ties with your spouse. If you choose to end your marriage, you will have to divide your joint resources and debts. Some couples can work this out independently, but for others it can be a more complicated issue. 

If you currently face divorce, you may have some of the following questions: How will my marital property be split? Who decides what property division arrangement is fair? Are there specific laws that determine how we distribute our belongings? How can I protect my assets and my best interests?

Is divorce mediation right for you?

If you are facing the end of your marriage, you may start to realize the many tasks that lay ahead. There are property division issues, child support payments to negotiate and custody agreements for starters. You may wonder if an alternative exists to the unhappy court battles you have seen depicted in the movies or witnessed in your own life.

For some, there is a more cost-effective solution, especially for individuals who can work with their spouses to resolve their differences. This route is known as divorce mediation. Divorce mediation allows you and your soon-to-be ex to work together with a third-party mediator to help create a fair settlement on which you both can agree.

What type of child custody will work best for your family?

Every New Jersey family is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody. During a divorce, you will have the right and the option to work with the other parent to reach a child custody order that is best for your unique family. As you consider all of your options, it is beneficial to understand the various types of child custody. 

What works for one family may not work for yours. As you consider all of the issues that will affect custody and visitation, you may find it beneficial to think long term, and not allow your emotions to guide your decision making. One of the first steps to reaching a final custody agreement that is beneficial and functional is to carefully consider all of the options available to you.

Reasons for moving forward with an uncontested divorce

Television shows often portray divorce as a bitter battle between two spouses who cannot stand to even be in the same room with each other. This situation certainly does exist, but that does not mean it is the only reality for divorcing couples.

In some cases, couples in New Jersey are able to agree on the matters surrounding their marital split-up. If you and your spouse find yourself in this situation, you may benefit from an uncontested divorce filing.  

Steps to take and avoid during the marital dissolution process

The divorce process is inherently complicated, both emotionally and financially. This is true whether you have been married five years or 50 years. It is also true no matter how many or few assets you and your spouse have.

Even in the best divorce situation, tempers can quickly run high, with every decision becoming more trying than the previous one. However, the decisions made have long-lasting impacts, so it is critical that you strive to make your decisions based on logic versus emotion. A few tips can help you with making the best decisions during the marital dissolution process in New Jersey.

Protect your future with a prenuptial agreement

Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but there is more to preparing for marriage than meets the eye. Many New Jersey couples take care to plan an amazing wedding and prepare for life together, but few remember or see the necessity of protecting their futures with a prenuptial agreement.

Should I consider divorce mediation?

The process of divorce can admittedly be stressful not only emotionally but also financially. In many situations, couples who are getting divorced resort to litigation to resolve their disputes. Unfortunately, the judge presiding over a divorce case may end up making decisions that are not personally favorable for one or both parties. This is why divorce mediation is growing in popularity in the United States, including in New Jersey.

With mediation, a couple can work together to address their differences during a divorce. They rely on a neutral third party to help them with resolving their issues. Divorce mediation is a multi-step process that offers an array of benefits.

Study: couples with "gimmick" wedding dates more likely to divorce

In a surprising study by the University of Melbourne, couples who marry on special dates like Valentine's Day, 11/11/11, 9/9/99, or 12/12/12 are up to 36 percent more likely to divorce.

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that 18 to 36 percent of couples married on those dates are more likely to get divorced than those wed on "normal" dates. They studied 1.1 million weddings performed in the Netherlands from 1999 to 2013 among couples aged 18 to 60 years old. They then calculated the divorce rates over that time - of 100 couples who married on those dates, how many broke up?

Finding A Better Way To Divorce

When you hear the word divorce, do images of warring spouses and contentious courtroom battles come to mind? Unfortunately, today these types of scenarios are readily associated with the divorce process. In reality, however, many divorcing couples share the common goals of resolving divorce-related issues in a civil, timely and cost-efficient manner.

What Is Mediation?

For some divorcing spouses, mediation provides a favorable alternative to the traditional divorce process. Through the mediation process, divorcing spouses come together and meet face-to-face to discuss issues related to their divorce. The conversation is meant to be constructive and respectful in nature and is facilitated by an impartial third-party mediator.


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