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Is the New Alimony Statute Applicable to Cases in the Pipeline?

Posted On : 22 June 2016 By: Charles Vuotto

by Charles F. Vuotto Jr. and Cheryl E. Connors   The newly revised alimony statute became effective on Sept. 10, 2014. This article addresses the question of whether cases ‘in the pipeline’ should be resolved in accordance with the new alimony statute, even if a ruling or judgment was entered in that case prior to read more

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To Save or Not to Save – That is the Question.

Posted On : 22 July 2016 By: Charles Vuotto

By Charles F.Vuotto Jr. and Andrea White O’Brien    The question addressed in this article is whether and to what extent savings1 is a legitimate part of a dependent spouse’s monthly expenses when assessing alimony and child support. To answer this question, we must first determine whether savings is a part of marital lifestyle. There is read more

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Alimony Basics in New Jersey

Posted On : 27 April 2016 By: Charles Vuotto

In all actions brought for divorce, dissolution of a civil union, divorce from bed and board, legal separation from a partner in a civil union couple or nullity the court may award one or more of the following types of alimony: open durational alimony; rehabilitative alimony; limited duration alimony or reimbursement alimony to either party. read more

Gnall decided

Posted On : 29 December 2015 By: Charles Vuotto

Editor-in-Chief’s Column by Charles F. Vuotto Jr.   In a prior column penned by this author, the following quote from the appellate court’s decision in Gnallwas highlighted as giving rise to concern: *** We do not intend to draw specific lines delineating “short-term” and “long-term” marriages in an effort to define those cases warranting only read more

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The Next Step in the Evolution of Alimony Law in the State of New Jersey

Posted On : 29 December 2015 By: Charles Vuotto

by Charles F. Vuotto Jr.   A historic event occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, with regard to the law of alimony in the state of New Jersey. On that day, Governor Chris Christie signed Assembly bill A-845, A-971 and A-1649, which make substantial changes to the alimony law.These changes in the law did not read more

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Alimony In Light Of Gnall v. Gnall

Posted On : 29 December 2015 By: Charles Vuotto

By Charles F. Vuotto, Jr. Editor-in-Chief It is with some level of concern that I comment upon the recent Appellate Division decision in the case of Elizabeth Gnall v. James Gnall, approved for publication on Aug. 8, 2013.[i] Before commenting on this case, I wish to sincerely express my great admiration for the author of read more

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ALIMONY POLICY: The Missing Element

Posted On : 29 December 2015 By: Charles Vuotto

By Charles F. Vuotto, Jr. There is no question that determining both the length and amount of alimony in New Jersey are fact-sensitive exercisesrequiring the analysis of 12 specific statutory factors with a 13th catchall factor. Any alimony analysis should not be relegated to formulaic guidelines, which by their very nature will only consider a read more

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Alimony Trends

Posted On : 29 December 2015 By: Charles Vuotto

Charles F. Vuotto Jr This issue of the New Jersey Family Lawyer is dedicated to the law of alimony, with particular emphasis on the recent campaign to reform existing law that many believe to be antiquated in the context of modern society and divorce. Most notable among these efforts for reformation in New Jersey are read more

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ALIMONY-Permanent v. Limited Duration

Posted On : 17 September 2012 By: Charles Vuotto

(Guidance Please!) by Charles F. Vuotto, Jr., Esq. and Lisa Steirman Harvey, Esq.               It is axiomatic that uncertainty in outcome breeds litigation.  Litigation generates increased fees and emotional stress for the parties and their children.  There is no question that uncertainty as to the duration of alimony causes many cases to be prolonged read more

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“Savings” – A Budget Item with a Purpose

Posted On : 17 September 2012 By: Charles Vuotto

By Charles F. Vuotto, Jr. Esq. * and Melinda Colon **   INTRODUCTION   Matthew and Lisa have decided to get a divorce.  Assume that Lisa, a dependent spouse, received enough liquid assets during the equitable distribution phase of the divorce to generate a sufficient cash flow from income or principle to meet her reasonable needs based read more

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