Articles Tagged with separation

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In modern society, it is common for unmarried couples to live together without being married.  When an unmarried cohabiting couple separates, however, the rights to equitable distribution and6a3146dbdf81597192112ac03d77c7e4-300x200 alimony does not exist.  No matter how long an unmarried couple has lived together, they do not have the legal rights and protection that divorcing couples enjoy.  Cohabitating, unmarried couples also do not enjoy the rights and protections that married couples having during their marriage, such as filing joint tax returns; receiving distributions from estates free of estate tax; receiving survivor’s benefits from retirement plans and Social Security; obtaining “family” health insurance, dental insurance, and other employment benefits; and automatically sharing in his/her partner’s property in the event he or she dies without a will. Continue reading

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This week the media was abuzz with news of the demise of another celebrity marriage, this time with the separation of professional basketball player, Carmelo Anthony, from his wife Lala

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Anthony. The Anthony’s have been married since 2010 and have a 10 year-old son. Their potential divorce raises questions about what would happen with their assets and who would get custody of their son in their divorce, were such a case to arise in New Jersey. Continue reading

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On occasion someone will ask me about the possibility of a way to end a marital relationship short of a divorce.  for instance ,is there a way to legally or formally separate?  In New Jersey, married couples do separate, but there is not a law providing for a formal, legal separation per se.   New Jersey, however, does have a provision for a “limited divorce”, which is called a “divorce from bed and board”, which is the State ‘s closest version of legal separation, as opposed to an “absolute divorce”, which permanently ends the marriage, and is what most of us think of when we hear the term “divorce”. Continue reading