Brick and Sea Girt Attorneys Offer Virtual Consultations to Serve Clients
We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters
As the world comes to terms with the spread of the coronavirus, countless New Jersey citizens asked to practice “social-distancing” and “shelter in place” are in dire need of legal services, and are finding it challenging to find experienced and flexible legal counsel able to meet their unique needs amid the growing pandemic. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.
At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, located in Brick, New Jersey, we believe legal services should be accessible at everyone’s fingertips and clients should be able to get the services of an attorney even without an initial physical meeting. We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters (i.e., Alimony and Spousal Support, Child Support, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Criminal Charges, and Municipal Court summons, Real-Estate ventures, and Wills, Trusts & Estates). We understand and believe that each client is different, with distinctive needs and goals, and as such, unique strategies must be crafted for each case in order to favorably settle them for our clients.
Our lawyers are prepared to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, virtual meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, Clio Connect or Legaler to discuss how we can best support you and meet your legal needs.
How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm Attorney?
From the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop or tablet, you can arrange to speak with a lawyer from The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, to answer your legal questions or issues. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your case in a free and confidential consultation today, you can:
1) Contact us online or
2) Call our Brick or Sea Girt offices at (732) 812-3102 or
To schedule a call and free 20-minute virtual consultation/meet up to discuss your family law needs. During the consultation feel free to ask questions, as we will discuss the best plan to protect your rights and future going forward.
We believe in keeping our clients informed and involved in the legal process and are prepared to use various technologies in order to do so. By having up-to-date and detailed information about your case, you can make the best possible decisions for your family’s future.
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Serving Families across Monmouth County and Ocean County towns including Neptune, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Brick, Asbury Park, Wall and more
Across all areas of Family Law, our lawyers can answer your questions today. Our attention to detail and priority to the attorney-client relationship often leads to outcomes that are both beneficial and personalized to the individual needs and concerns of our clients and their families. Our experienced attorneys work to resolve legal conflicts outside of the courtroom when possible, but will never hesitate to aggressively litigate and defend our clients’ legal rights when necessary.
Call our Brick or Sea Girt Bronzino Law, LLC office at (732) 812-3102 for a free and confidential virtual consultation today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, or situation when it comes to any kind of family law matter.
Divorce or Legal Separation Agreement? Consult a Brick and Sea Girt Family Lawyer Today
How to decide whether separation or reconciliation is the correct move to make? Learn more about divorce in NJ, so that your next steps can be informed.
The process of choosing whether to divorce or legally separate from your spouse, or dissolve a domestic partnership, is a trying one. There are many factors to take into consideration, both personal and financial. How does one decide whether separation or reconciliation is the correct move to make? And once the decision to separate has been made, what is the best route to take for the individual and the family? Before making a decision, educating oneself about New Jersey laws surrounding divorce is an important step.
Continue reading to learn more about divorce in New Jersey, so that your next steps can be informed.
What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?
In New Jersey, divorce and legal separation are considered different. When one is filing for divorce in New Jersey, they must file a complaint with the County Clerk’s Office of the county in which you live or work. New Jersey law does not require that you provide a reason for the request to file for divorce other than irreconcilable differences; however, depending upon the nature of the separation, the filer may provide a different reason.
There is no need for a judge’s permission in order to legally separate. As such, a couple deciding to legally separate can simply draft a separation agreement, which is legally binding until a divorce is finalized or until reconciliation occurs. A separation agreement is a document drawn up privately between you and your spouse, or with the support of an attorney, which addresses how certain aspects of the marital life will be handled until a more permanent set of terms in a divorce is finalized, or until reconciliation is reached. Such aspects of a separation agreement include
- distribution of marital costs such as mortgage and other bills
- temporary alimony
- distribution and management of shared assets
- temporary child custody and parenting time agreements
- financial child support
If even in the presence of a professional mediator or attorney, no terms of a legal separation agreement can be reached, the couple can approach the New Jersey Superior Court Family Part to request temporary orders regarding such issues as child support and custody. Once a legal separation agreement is signed and notarized or the court issues a temporary order, the terms are legally binding.
Why choose legal separation over divorce?
A divorce is a final act. If a couple is considering or holds the hope of future reconciliation, but it is clear that legal support for separation is required to handle shared assets and parenting roles, a legal separation may be the correct next step to take. New Jersey, unlike some other states, does not require a period of separation before divorce, and the state also does not require that a separation be legalized. A couple is free to separate for as temporary or permanent a period as desired, and they may do so while remaining legally married, with no additional legally-binding agreement.
However, the court system acknowledges what any couple going through separation knows to be true – during this emotionally, mentally, and perhaps financially trying time, having the support of standardized agreements can make all the difference. As such, legal devices are in place in New Jersey through legal separation agreements to create containers for the transitional expectations as they relate to marital assets, children, and other important aspects of a couple’s shared life.
By being able to rely on separation agreements, separating spouses and their families are able to undergo the emotional work required at this time and align themselves with the future without the worry that some essential element of the shared life will be laid by the wayside or misappropriated during this time. Joint assets, accounts, shared debts, and child support payments, as well as alimony coverage, smooth out potential conflict.
A legal separation agreement must be signed by both spouses. Therefore, if one partner refuses to sign or provide child support payments, coming to a legal separation agreement is not possible. In this case, the spouse would need to file a complaint with the Superior Court of New Jersey, seeking temporary child custody, child support, and/or parenting time in the absence of a legal filing for divorce.
Talk to an Experienced Wall Township Divorce and Separation Attorney
At Bronzino Law Firm, our divorce attorneys are experienced in facilitating legal separation agreements between spouses and guiding the divorce process for our clients across Point Pleasant, Brick, Wall, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and the greater Ocean and Monmouth County Areas.
Our direct approach is intentionally designed to provide an amicable and just separation, reconciliation, or divorce for our clients and their families, so they can focus on a clear and healthy future.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our firm today regarding your legal separation agreement or divorce, please fill out our online form or call us at (732) 812-3102 to learn more about your options.
Life After Divorce: Tips from Monmouth and Ocean County Family Lawyers
Divorce Attorneys Guiding Clients through the Post Divorce Process in Brick, Sea Girt, Wall, Toms River and across the Jersey Shore
Divorce is an emotionally, mentally, and financially stressful time that can wreak havoc on the life of you and your family. Heart-wrenching considerations and actions litter the process, from making the decision to divorce instead of reconcile, to determining best next steps for yourself and your family, to engaging with attorneys representing you and your spouse and attempting to care for your emotional health as you parse through logistics of splitting the marital assets and determining child custody arrangements. Following the legal proceedings that result in a finalized divorce, when the majority of the mental and financial groundwork has been laid and it’s time to put it into practice, the emotional work of integrating this new change into your life really begins.
During the course of the divorce process and after, it is essential that you take your personal health into account and prioritize activities and routines that support your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Below is a list of ways to support you through the divorce and post-separation process, setting you up for an aligned path forward to your happiest future.
Staying Healthy After Divorce
Listen to your body
- It has often been said that your body keeps the score. We don’t often realize that our consistent states of mind and emotion affect our biochemistry, including our hormones, our muscles, and our nervous system. When we experience stress in our lives, an ancient part of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for ensuring our survival and initiates the fight-or-flight stress response, is activated. This means that when we feel stressed, our body receives directives to be on guard for a life-threatening situation. We move through the world as if we are about to be attacked by a bear, and our bodies take on a chronic state of muscle tension, elevated stress hormones like cortisol flooding our system, and digestive and reproductive imbalance.
- Getting into the habit of listening to your body and checking for symptoms of stress like tight shoulders or jaw, constipation or diarrhea, or headache can point to the need to take a step back and rest.
Rest more than usual
- Getting eight hours of sleep per night is a long-held doctor’s recommendation that few of us follow in this day and age. However, because of the elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol that almost certainly accompanies divorce proceedings in all of its stages, the body needs extra time to recover its parasympathetic state of rest and digest.
Feel, from above
- Emotions are energy in motion. When we are triggered by intense emotion, our thoughts often immediately go to a story that matches the ‘reason’ for that emotion. The thoughts, then,
generate a biochemical response that creates more of the same feeling, which encourages the thoughts, and off we go into a hamster wheel of downward spiraling distress. Waves of emotion after divorce are inevitable, as your whole being releases what no longer serves it and creates space for a new life. When an intense feeling comes, tune into your breath to stay present with right here and now, resisting the urge to follow the story that arises.
- Feel the physical sensation of the emotion and the sensation of the breath moving through it, as if you are a curious child witnessing something in nature that you’ve never before experienced.
Eat the rainbow
- Getting a vast array of nutrients through the form of a plant-based diet will help keep the body clean and detoxified, which can help detox your emotional and mental states, too. Drinking tons of water is also essential.
- Spending time with the elements is an ancient and wise practice. Tapping into the profound simplicity of the earth helps put your conflicts into a larger perspective and creates space for new inspiration and ideas to come through to you.
- Exercising your body, also, is crucial at this time and reduces stress and inflammation while oxygenating the muscles and tissues to build strength, flexibility, and stamina on all levels.
- As you move toward your new, more highly aligned life, surround yourself with people who are a positive and healthy influence on you. Seek the support of a New Jersey certified therapist if you need help processing the old relationship or separation, and then step fully into the path ahead with your chosen family.
Consult with a Wall Township Divorce Lawyer Today and Discuss Your Post Divorce Life Plans
At Bronzino Law Firm, our team of divorce attorneys supports our clients across Brick, Wall, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and the greater Ocean and Monmouth County Areas in their transition to a new life initiated by a divorce.
Our approach is centered on facilitating a smooth and amicable divorce proceeding so our clients can focus on aligning themselves with their future, knowing that they are structurally and financially set up for success.
College Tuition and Divorce Lawyers Sea Girt and Brick NJ
New Jersey law stipulates that both parents are legally obliged to share the cost of college tuition for their child.
There are many things to consider when going through the process of divorce. In addition to navigating the splitting of assets and tending to the emotional and financial upheaval that the end of a partnership can immediately cause, one must consider long-term agreements between the separating spouses, including alimony and child custody payments. When children are involved in a divorce, the skilled support of a divorce attorney is essential, because they ensure that the financial well being of their clients and the highest benefit of the children are protected in a divorce. This includes coming to an agreement on a fair division of college expenses for their children, no matter how young the children are at the time of divorce. So how is college tuition cost split in a divorce?
New Jersey law stipulates that both parents are legally obliged to share the cost of college tuition for their child. This includes the responsibility to share both the base tuition and any additional room, board, and material costs. A spouse’s financial capacity will determine what their required contribution will be; if they are able to work at all, they will be required to contribute.
Many New Jersey parents wonder why there is a legal requirement that parents must support a child in college when the legal age of emancipation in New Jersey is 19 years old. In February 2017, New Jersey clarified its laws on emancipation of a minor to state that a child is considered legally emancipated at the age of 19 unless
- they require continued support from a parent due to a documented mental or physical disability
- they are still attending high school or a technical school, or they are enrolled full-time in a university undergraduate or graduate program
- there is an existing court-ordered child support agreement that specifies a different age
Given the above, New Jersey courts will hold you as a parent accountable for financially supporting your dependent child through college according to a fair child support arrangement with your spouse. When the child turns 23, parents are no longer legally obliged to support their financial needs.
How is financial responsibility determined?
Legal financial responsibility for tuition and college support costs are generally determined during the divorce proceedings and are based on each spouse’s current income and projected income at the time the child will be in college. Because college tuition obligations are separate from child support obligations, they require an additional process with the support of each spouse’s divorce attorney. This process is often much more nuanced than the assets splitting and other divorce proceedings, and the legally binding agreement is often drawn up out of court with divorce attorneys or a mediator. When the college tuition support agreement is finalized within the court system, the judge takes into consideration the following factors:
- the amount needed for a child’s college tuition and room/board
- each parent’s financial capacity to cover said costs
- the financial resources of each parent in general
- any financial resources of the child, in the form of trust, etc.
- the availability of financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans
If parents have the financial capacity to contribute to the child’s higher education, New Jersey courts will almost definitely require them to do so. Other more nuanced factors such as the family’s educational history that may point to their view of higher education as a cornerstone of a healthy, successful adulthood may sway a judge to order that they contribute.
Before considering contributions, a judge will look to whether the parents have set up a custodial account that is specifically designed to house higher education costs and paid into over the course of the child’s youth. In the case that there is one, the judge will assume that those funds will be drawn from first before determining contribution requirements.
Because New Jersey is a progressive state as it relates to the higher education of its younger citizens, it is generally difficult for parents to evade solid contributions. In the case that a divorced spouse has become estranged from their child due to forceful removal – for example, the other spouse refusing visitation despite efforts, they may have a stronger case in court to lessen the financial contribution they are required to make, shifting the responsibility of tuition coverage to the custodial parent.
Consult a Family Law Attorney with Offices in Brick and Sea Girt NJ
Peter J. Bronzino, our divorce attorney is experienced in guiding the divorce and custody proceedings of our clients Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey in all related matters.
Our direct approach handles communication with all involved parties and represents the best interests of our clients and their children for an amicable separation, so our clients can orient themselves toward their future.
Discuss Divorce Home Marital Issues with a Brick and Sea Girt Family Lawyer
Read on to explore some potential benefits and pitfalls of leaving the marital home before divorce proceedings are complete.
The decision to separate from a spouse and the process of divorce is emotionally, physically, and financially trying time. There are many aspects of the division of a marital home that are simultaneously being considered, including how to split shared assets and how to split custody with any children of the couple. If the conflict between the couple is high, a person may consider moving out of the marital home to create a physical and energetic space. Is this a good idea, or could it have negative consequences for the outcome of your divorce? Read on to explore some potential benefits and pitfalls of leaving the marital home before divorce proceedings are complete.
The benefit: space
When going through a separation that is not amicable, it may be in the best interest of all involved to create space. Because this could have implications for the outcome of the divorce, it is important to consider whether such self-care practices as exercise, meditation, or therapy could help support an inner state of calm before moving out of the marital home.
Pitfalls of moving out of the marital home
Unless it is absolutely necessary or a 100 percent amicable separation, most will coach someone going through a divorce to continue living at the marital home. Here’s why.
In New Jersey, when a spouse leaves the marital home before a divorce is finalized, the other spouse may file a motion in court to temporarily take sole possession of the marital home. If this motion were accepted by the New Jersey Superior Court, the person who leaves the home would not be legally able to inhabit the home during the entirety of the divorce proceedings (and potentially after).
Of course, moving from one home to another while still legally, financially required to split the expenses of the marital home means more money spent. While marital expenses are still on the table, it is important to consider additional expenses that leaving the home would add.
Naturally, when a divorce includes children, their wellbeing is the most important consideration in decision-making. The New Jersey Superior Court will always uphold as its first priority the best interest of involved children. As such, they may look at a spouse leaving the marital home during the divorce proceedings as a sign that the person is comfortable with being a non-custodial parent.
Ex’s intentions and capacities
One would hope that, even in the absence of a completely amicable divorce, no ex would purposefully cause harm to shared assets in order to spite the other. However, there have been cases in which, for example, the spouse who stays in the marital home when the other moves out fails to maintain the home, lowering the property value when it comes time to sell.
Options to support the separation process
Whether or not you decide to move out of the marital home before the divorce is finalized, there are specific ways to navigate the shared time and space in service of supporting an amicable divorce.
Parenting Time Schedule
- Even if you are living in the marital home during separation, if children are involved it is important to begin to shift into a routine that primes all parties for shared parenting. New Jersey courts include parenting time schedules in the custody proceedings, yet if you have already worked together as a family to develop a sustainable agreement, it will strengthen the bond necessary for successful co-parenting. It will also increase the chances of a favorable custody arrangement, even if you leave the marital home before the divorce is finalized.
- Many divorce attorneys recommend mediation as a way to identify obstacles to an amicable separation and, hopefully, resolve them, for a swift proceeding that saves time, money, and emotional wellbeing.
- One only has so much resilience. At such a stressful time as divorce, it is important to make self-care a priority in service of all concerned. Lowering cortisol, or stress, levels in the body and building emotional resilience will make for a clearer mind and heart during the divorce, and set you up for your future. Hydrate, rest, exercise, meditate and surround yourself with the community at this time.
Retain a Wall Township Divorce Lawyer Today to Help Navigate your Options
At Bronzino Law Firm, our divorce attorneys are experienced in guiding the divorce and custody proceedings of our clients across Point Pleasant, Brick, Wall, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and the greater Ocean and Monmouth County Areas in all related matters.
Our direct approach handles communication with all involved parties and represents the best interests of our clients and their children for an amicable separation, so our clients can orient themselves toward their future.
Custody and Parenting Time Attorneys Monmouth and Ocean County NJ
As part of the divorce proceedings, a couple with children will prepare for a custody hearing to legally determine whether the couple will share custody, or whether one parent will have sole custody.
What is the difference between physical and legal custody?
Parents with legal custody can make legal decisions on behalf of their children, such as medical decisions and schooling matters. If parents have joint legal custody, both can legally weigh in on those matters that impact the child. If there is a major difference of opinion, the agreement is set up so that the courts can resolve the matter. A parent with physical custody means that the child lives with them. Parents who have joint physical custody share the time living with their child either through nesting, in which the child lives in the marital home, and the parents switch off; or the child moves to the homes of either parent during the set time.
What is a parenting time plan in a New Jersey custody agreement?
A child custody arrangement is set up in the best interests of the child. In New Jersey, regardless of the amount of time a parent spends with their child as outlined in a shared custody agreement, whether or not they are the custodial (live-in) parent or the non-custodial parent, the court system refers to this time as “parenting time.” Co-parents can structure this time in any way that works for them. Examples of parenting time shared custody arrangements include
- Shared Physical Custody: In this agreement, each parent spends an equal amount of time with their child. Traditionally, this looks like alternating weeks; however, some children fare better with shorter time periods away from either parent, and some fare better with the stability provided by physically remaining in one parent’s home for longer, such as a month at a time.
- Residential Parent and Alternate Residential Parent agreements: In this case, one parent is the primary custodial caregiver of the parent. The other, or ‘alternate,’ has a more traditional schedule of visitation, spending every other weekend, perhaps, with the child, as well as partial summer vacations.
- Sole Physical Custody: As one could imagine, when one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent is strictly limited in the amount of parenting time they are allowed to spend with the child. Depending on the conditions of the sole custody ruling, these visits may even be supervised. New Jersey Family Part court tends to lean toward both parents having some form of contact with the child, even if it must be supervised.
Are time frames each parent has custodial rights written into the custody agreement?
In the case of both joint physical and joint legal custody agreements, there are clauses written in that determine the amount of time each parent has with the child. This could be laid out as a schedule in addition to a percentage time frame. Because a custody agreement is a legally binding, each parent by law must abide by the time constraints ordered by the court.
Can a parent be penalized for breaking a New Jersey Parenting Plan?
If either parent strays from the court-ordered schedule, they are legally in breach of the law and can be penalized. This could play out in civil court or criminal court depending on the conditions of the breach. If the deviance from the court order is severe, such as removal of the child from the home and travel to an undisclosed location or a location outside of New Jersey, the parent could be arrested for kidnapping and face criminal charges.
If one parent is in breach of the parenting time schedule built into the custody agreement, the other parent has the legal right to request enforcement of the current custodial order from the New Jersey court. In addition to determining whether civil or criminal legal action needs to be taken out against the law-breaking parent, the court may also rule that the petitioning parent receives some sort of compensation for the time lost with their child, which may temporarily shift the legally mandated parenting time schedule.
Having the support of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney during the process of negotiating the parenting time schedule with one’s ex and their legal team, as well as in the case of a breach of the agreement, is important to ensure that your rights and the wellbeing of your child are met.
Seasoned Custody Attorney protecting the rights of you and your children
At Peter J. Bronzino, our New Jersey divorce attorneys are skilled in supporting families across Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey as they undergo the process of negotiating custody agreements and parenting time schedules.
Our direct approach ensures that the best interests of the child and the rights of our parent clients are met in compatible ways.
Brick NJ Divorce Attorneys identify and fight for what is important to you
Educating Clients in financial issues throughout Ocean County towns such as Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey
Although not always expected, divorce or civil union dissolutions are more acceptable today than in the past, but when deciding child custody, child support, distribution of marital property, or alimony things can become more complicated. Some things are easily negotiable, and other things just aren’t. That’s why it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced family law attorney before you enter into negotiations with your spouse or partner. That way you’re aware and better prepared as to what your negotiating points and areas of compromise are.
Divorce can significantly impact your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being and fighting for certain assets may end up end costing more than they’re worth in legal fees.
Creating a foundation for a property settlement agreement generally means you have some flexibility, and you and your legal counsel can negotiate various creative solutions designed to specifically address your unique needs and those of your children if you have any. At the end of the day, some things just aren’t all that negotiable, and it’s worth considering which efforts are worth your time, money, and energy.
If you are considering a divorce, or are currently going through a divorce, look no further than the Bronzino Law Firm. We handle all family law and divorce-related matters, including post-divorce modifications for clients across Ocean County and Monmouth County.
For many Ocean County and Monmouth County residents, Attorney Peter J. Bronzino has been that dependable and tenacious advisor. Peter Bronzino personally handles all divorce case, prides himself on keeping his clients informed and involved in all matters, and is ready and willing to speak with you however is most convenient including e-meetings and Facetime.
9 Things Worth Fighting For When You Divorce
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Childcare, Medical Expenses, and Extracurricular Activities
- College Expenses
- Alimony & Spousal Support
- Business Valuation of Family Businesses
- Martial Home and Other Properties
- Marital Debt
- Equitable Distribution of Retirement Assets & Pension Benefits
Is it worth it? The True Cost of a Contested Divorce
A contested divorce – where the spouses disagree on the settlement terms or the divorce itself – can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Your legal counsel can provide useful insight about the value of the items in question, and if it’s necessary to go to court over them. Their insight is designed to guide you through your divorce as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
Contact an Ocean and Monmouth County Divorce Attorney Today
As you can see, there are a great many issues to decide, and if necessary, fight for when settling a divorce. Even in an uncontentious or uncontested divorce, the sheer amount of paperwork, court document filings, and procedures to follow can be overwhelming, especially if you are working a full-time job.
Family Law attorney Peter J. Bronzino has extensive experience helping clients with all divorce-related matters across Ocean County, NJ including Brick, Jackson, Toms River, Wall, Ashbury Park, and Point Pleasant.
Our experienced full-service New Jersey law firm does not offer a one-size-fits-all-divorce strategy. Instead, we get to know the people we represent, determine what is most important to them in the divorce, then work with them to develop a strategy designed to meet their individual goals and needs.
With experience handling high-net-worth divorces involving the division of family-owned businesses and properties as well as diverse investment portfolios, Peter Bronzino has the experience and legal knowledge necessary to help you with any divorce issue.
Post-Divorce Housing Monmouth and Ocean County Family Law Attorneys
Providing Assistance to clients dealing with Post-Divorce Issues throughout Monmouth and Ocean County towns such as Toms River, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, and all of Eastern New Jersey
The process of divorce is a complicated one. Throughout the separation proceedings and into the transition into your new life, it is important to consider specifically the effect that your divorce will have on the other aspects of your life. One such consideration is whether to buy a home after you and your ex have decided to sell your marital home. Is it a better idea to buy or rent after a divorce? What type of house, apartment, or condo is appropriate; and what is there to consider when making that decision? Read on for support in your transitional process of moving into your own home after a divorce.
What is my budget for post-divorce housing?
An obvious consideration after divorce is your budget. After a divorce, there are expenses that didn’t exist prior, and one household budget has now been split into two and must sustain two households. Your divorce attorney in concert with that of your ex-spouse has helped you draw up a budget schedule, and you can use those figures to determine what you are reasonably able to spend monthly on a mortgage or rent. There will likely be additional expenses to consider if you purchase your own home, apartment, or condominium. As such, take into account the following inquiry.
Renting vs Buying a Home Post-Divorce
Because there is so much going on financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally during a divorce and its immediate aftermath, setting yourself up for success regarding your new home and giving yourself plenty of time to process and plan for the next chapter of your life is important. When it comes to homeownership or rental, consider the following:
- Can I afford to buy a house or condo, given that I will be responsible for maintenance costs that will inevitably arise?
- Do I have a financial source of income at this time that will allow me to put a down payment on a house and sustain the monthly mortgage, or is it wiser to rent for the time being and stabilize myself in my new life before moving toward homeownership?
- Is my credit up to par? Will I need to make smaller purchases and stabilize my income to build credit, or am I financially capable to enter the system of homeownership?
- What are my goals for the next year, five years, and ten years? Given my personal development goals, does it make more sense to rent or own at this time?
- How will my children be affected by my choice to rent or own? Is it in their best interest for me to rent -in order to be near them, for example – or buy in a more affordable and personally-aligned area?
As far as maintenance is concerned, remember that purchasing a house will include much more maintenance than purchasing a condo or renting, given the larger area including the outdoors. Make a decision that is aligned with the amount of time, energy, and money you are interested in investing in your home.
Choosing a place to live after divorce
A community, like family, turns a house into a home. As such, one of the most important considerations to make after a divorce is where to put roots. If you have children, their well-being comes first, and in a shared custody agreement with your ex-spouse, you will want to ensure that your home allows for your children to stay put in their current, quality school, if possible, and travel between the two homes with relative ease. This could mean staying in the same community as the marital home or moving to a nearby town. This is especially possible in New Jersey, in which there are many lovely townships close to one another but that allows for diversification of community.
When making the decision to rent or buy, be gentle with yourself and take your emotional needs into consideration. Is it more important for you to be near your friends with whom you were close during the marriage, or is it important for you to make a fresh start and find your own sense of belonging without the potential baggage of the past? A healthy balance between the two may be the most nourishing option. Give yourself plenty of time and space to reflect on what you want to cultivate in your future relationships, and then scout out a community that has those elements, whether that is the same community in which you were living with your ex or a new scene altogether.
Retain an Experienced Post-Divorce Attorney helping clients from Asbury Park to Toms River and across the Jersey Shore
Peter J. Bronzino, our divorce attorneys are experienced in supporting separating partners Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey in all divorce and custody matters.
Our direct approach handles communication with all involved parties and represents the best interests of their children and amicable separation, so our clients can focus on aligning themselves with their future.
Experienced Divorce and Annulment Attorney Ocean and Monmouth County
After wading through the immediate feelings of sadness, anger, and betrayal, one must determine how to proceed.
Learning that your spouse was unfaithful is a dramatic event that can cause a total upheaval of your mental and emotional wellbeing, and change the course of your life. After wading through the immediate feelings of sadness, anger, and betrayal, one must determine how to proceed. If the cheating will result in a separation, the question becomes ‘do we get a divorce or an annulment?’ To answer this question, one must get clear on the difference between a divorce and an annulment.
What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment?
Both a divorce and an annulment legally end a marriage. A divorce, however, is a separation following a legally-acknowledged marriage. A divorce involves the separation of assets and facilitates the process of the closing of the legally-binding contract. An annulment, however, is a cancellation of marriage on grounds that it was never valid. Therefore, the marriage never existed, and so the court-appointed separation process of dividing marital assets is not a legal right.
What are the legal grounds for annulment?
There are a number of legal grounds for annulment in New Jersey. Obtaining an annulment is more difficult than obtaining a divorce because a very specific set of circumstances needs to be proven to show that the marriage was not solidly valid on legal grounds. Below are some of the cases for annulment in New Jersey:
- Fraud is a misrepresentation of the facts. If your spouse covered information about themselves or their life, you may have grounds to file for an annulment. The fraud does not have to be directly related to your decision to marry your partner, though such cases for annulment have a stronger standing in court. Some examples include a spouse telling you they are pregnant with your child when they are not, influencing your decision to marry; lying about children from a prior relationship; or telling you clearly that they wanted to have children and then changing their mind after marriage.
- Duress means that one partner was forced to go through with a legally-binding matrimony against their will. This is obviously illegal and may result in an annulment. If a partner felt at any time that they were in danger of physical harm unless they committed to marriage, it is important to consult a divorce attorney for a confidential assessment.
- Bigamy is marriage to more than one person, which is illegal in New Jersey. If two people get married and one learns afterward that the other is secretly married, they have the legal right to file for an annulment and cancel the marriage on the grounds of its invalidity.
- Underage marriage in New Jersey means that one or both partners were not of legal age at the time of marriage, which is 18 years old. If you learn that your partner was not of age, you have legal grounds to file for an annulment with the New Jersey Superior Court.
- Impotence and the withholding of this information from a partner in order to go through with a marriage could be grounds for annulment. If one partner knows that they do not have the ability to procreate and either refuse to consummate the marriage or withhold information regarding their impotence from their partner, the marriage could be ruled invalid.
- It is illegal in New Jersey to marry a family member. As such, if partners learn they are related by blood, they may file for annulment with the court system, which will legally cancel the marriage.
- Incapacity means that one or both members of the couple was under the influence of alcohol or drugs that clouded their judgment or were otherwise not mentally fit to enter into a legally binding agreement. This couple potentially be grounds for annulment.
Can I have my marriage annulled after my partner cheats?
If your partner cheats as part of one of the above named legal grounds for annulment, you can approach the New Jersey Superior Court to submit a Complaint for Annulment. An example of this could be hiding a pregnancy with another person or being secretly married. It is important to schedule a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney to learn your rights and options for moving forward with an annulment.
Contact an Ocean County Divorce and Annulment Lawyer Today
At Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, our divorce attorneys are experienced in supporting our clients across Sea Girt, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and the greater Ocean County, NJ in all annulment and divorce matters.
Helping Monmouth and Ocean County Parents with Child Custody and Relocation Issues
Helping parents with relocation applications across Spring Lake, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and Ocean County
After a separation, divorce or civil union dissolution, there are no laws that prevent a non-custodial parent from moving out of New Jersey for personal or employment reasons. Because child custody and parenting time and visitation schedules can be a sensitive issue, New Jersey relocation statute N.J.S.A. 9:2-2 provides some guidance by allowing a custodial parent to “remove” or relocate out of state with the child if the noncustodial parent doesn’t object. As a custodial parent, if you wish to relocate you and your child to another state and your co-parent does not agree, you will need to file a relocation application to reflect a modification in the physical custody of the child.
Because the court will determine whether this out of state relocation is in your child’s best interest, you will need experienced legal counsel equipped to deal with sensitive situations like these, who believe in supporting their clients in establishing a fair and stable visitation schedule to nurture and maintain a close parent-child relationship.
At Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, we have handled numerous relocation applications and have helped parents across Spring Lake, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and Ocean County to legally relocate with their children, or help them contest relocation requests, so they could maintain their close relationships with their children. We are ready to take your matter to trial, to either relocate your child to another state or keep them here in New Jersey. We’ll also give you an honest assessment of whether or not we think your application has merit.
Contact our firm today to discuss your unique situation, needs, and legal options moving forward regarding relocation and your child custody agreement in a free and confidential consultation.
Questions New Jersey Courts May Ask When Relocating With Children Outside New Jersey
Parental relocation is complex and ever-evolving as lawyers and courts find creative solutions to maintain parental relationships while making it possible for parents to relocate when necessary.
In determining the best interests of your child, the New Jersey court will evaluate your family’s unique situation before making any determinations, and may ask questions about the following:
- Current child custody arrangements
- Changes in your personal or work situation, since the previous child custody court order or parenting time agreement
- Child’s own personal custodial preference
- Any specific medical, educational, or care needs the child may have
- Education opportunities for the child in NJ and other potential location
- Geographical proximity or parental homes
- Relationship between child and any siblings
- How well the co-parents communicate or agree about issues related to the child
- How appropriate or stable the new home will be
- Amount of quality of time the child currently spends with your co-parent or extended family members
After conducting a thorough analysis, the courts will award one parent primary child custody, depending on the location they feel meets the children’s best interests. They will then modify any existing child custody order to reflect this new ruling. Retaining an experienced Ocean County child custody modification attorney is critical to protecting your rights as a parent, and helping you demonstrate to the courts that your close relationship with your children and their best interests, are one and the same.
Contact a Child Custody Relocation & Modification Lawyer in Brick and Sea Girt NJ Today
At Bronzino Law Firm, LLC we have helped many parents to successfully resolve child relocation disputes across Sea Girt, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, and the greater Ocean County, NJ area and enforce custody agreements.
We understand exactly how important your children, their future and your relationship with them are, and we are prepared to help you present the best possible case in family court.
Our smaller size allows us to develop personal and attentive relationships with our clients while charging fair and reasonable rates for our services. Attorney Peter J. Bronzino believes that by keeping his clients informed and involved throughout the legal process, he can better secure them a favorable resolution of their legal matter, in all family law cases including child custody and relocation.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our firm today regarding your child relocation, child custody and visitation, or any other family law matter, please contact us today or through our Brick, NJ office at (732) 812-3102.