Divorce

What is the MESP?

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Blog, Divorce | Comments Off on What is the MESP?

What is the MESP?

What is the MESP? The Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel ("MESP") is a mandatory program run by the court for all divorce cases that are not settled by a particular date. The program was designed to avoid delays in the court system and to foster settlements. The panelists are experienced matrimonial attorneys who practice in the county where they serve. The panelists are coordinated with the County Bar Association and are not paid for their service. Arrangements can be made to avoid any conflict with a particular panelist.   Each county has their own procedure as to the...

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Divorce Myth #9 – I can remain on my spouse’s medical insurance after divorce

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog, Divorce, Top Ten Divorce Myths | Comments Off on Divorce Myth #9 – I can remain on my spouse’s medical insurance after divorce

Divorce Myth #9 – I can remain on my spouse’s medical insurance after divorce

Divorce Myth #9* – I can remain on my spouse’s medical insurance after divorce It is not uncommon in marriages for one spouse to maintain the medical insurance for the entire family. Sometimes one spouse just has better and/or cheaper coverage. Sometimes one spouse is not working or has employment that does not provide medical insurance as a benefit. Regardless of the reason, the issue of medical insurance must be dealt with as part of a divorce. Generally speaking, medical insurance is provided to eligible dependents of the subscriber. Who meets the definition of an eligible...

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Divorce Myth #4 – We have to be separated for eighteen months before a divorce complaint can be filed

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog, Divorce, Top Ten Divorce Myths | Comments Off on Divorce Myth #4 – We have to be separated for eighteen months before a divorce complaint can be filed

Divorce Myth #4 – We have to be separated for eighteen months before a divorce complaint can be filed

Divorce Myth #4* – We have to be separated for eighteen months before a divorce complaint can be filed The short answer is, no. It is true that, in the past, parties did need to be separated for an eighteen month consecutive period in order to be able to file a no-fault complaint for divorce. Parties who did not wish to wait were required to file for divorce asserting a cause of action such as extreme cruelty, adultery and others. At times, these labels created unnecessary problems for people who were divorcing amicably but did not wish to wait out the eighteen month separation period....

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Divorce Myth #3 – If I File for Divorce My Spouse Needs to Move Out

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog, Divorce, Top Ten Divorce Myths | Comments Off on Divorce Myth #3 – If I File for Divorce My Spouse Needs to Move Out

Divorce Myth #3 – If I File for Divorce My Spouse Needs to Move Out

Divorce Myth #3* – If I File for Divorce My Spouse Needs to Move Out There is a belief that once a divorce complaint has been filed that there needs to be a physical separation requiring one party to move out from the martial residence. That is just not the case. The filing of a divorce complaint does not automatically create an obligation for one party to move out. Putting aside the cases involving domestic violence restraining orders, parties can continue to reside together throughout the entire divorce litigation (and in some cases even after the divorce is concluded). While perhaps...

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What should I bring to my initial consultation?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog, Divorce | Comments Off on What should I bring to my initial consultation?

What should I bring to my initial consultation?

What should I bring to my initial consultation? You have taken the first step, called our office, and scheduled an initial consultation.  You may now ask yourself what should I bring with me to this meeting?  Here a list to help organize your thoughts. First, you should have all of your various dates.  This includes your date of marriage, date of separation, and dates of birth for your spouse and children. Second, you should be prepared to discuss you and your spouse’s employment and income.  If you can, please bring your most recent income tax returns and pay stubs...

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How do I get my maiden name back?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog, Divorce | Comments Off on How do I get my maiden name back?

How do I get my maiden name back?

How do I get my maiden name back? There are essentially three ways in which one can legally resume the use of their maiden name. First, you can make a request as part of your divorce and permission for the name change will be done at the time of the entry of the Final Judgment of Divorce.  The Court will permit this name change unless you are doing it to avoid creditors, as part of a bankruptcy petition, or to avoid criminal prosecution. Second, in the event that a Final Judgment of Divorce has already been entered then you may file a motion with the Court seeking permission to resume...

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