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August 2013 Archives

Man serves endless loop of jail time because of lifetime alimony

A New Jersey man seems to be caught in an endless loop of jail time because he can no longer afford to pay the court-ordered lifetime alimony payments that were set when he had been making $1 million a year. The man, whose marriage ended after 17 years, has been jailed a minimum of eight times within the past two years because he missed paying alimony to his ex-wife.

Best interest of the children should determine name changes

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a mother could not change her children's last name unless she could prove it was in their best interest. The court issued a 37-page ruling referencing an ancient Roman doctrine, that said a name is the only permanent possession a person has in life and death.

New Jersey same-sex marriage case test for US states' rights

A same-sex marriage case, centered in New Jersey but with nationwide implications, went to oral arguments recently. Although technically only applicable in the state, a ruling on the rights of gay and lesbian couples would have repercussions in the ongoing national discussion of gay vs. straight family law challenges. The Supreme Court earlier struck down key parts of a law precluding federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Six couples and their children had taken New Jersey to court over what they claimed were violations of a 2006 state supreme court ruling.

Readjust your finances for post-divorce life

People in New Jersey who are getting a divorce might be wondering how they go about readjusting their lives after their divorces, especially when it comes to their finances. This question could be especially important for people who didn't work during their marriages and may find themselves dependent on alimony payments for a period of time.

Many same-sex couples still waiting for marriage equality

Same-sex couples in New Jersey and many other states are feeling frustrated because they can't take advantage of the many benefits other same-sex couples can by getting married in states they don't reside in. Even though there has been much excitement about the recent Supreme Court decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, life for many same-sex partners has not changed.

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