Family and Matrimonial Law

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DIVORCE AND SEPARATION


Divorce decisions are some of the most emotional and complex of all the legal issues confronting people today. Whether you are facing a contested divorce or uncontested divorce our family law attorneys provide our clients with step-by-step guidance to reach resolutions that protect the interests of our clients and their children. Although we are strong advocates in the courtroom, we are sensitive to the personal and important decisions our clients have to make.


CHILD SUPPORT, SPOUSAL SUPPORT AND ALIMONY PENDENTE LITE


Support guidelines are mandated by federal and state laws. The amount of a child support, spousal support or alimony pendete lite is determined in accordance with the state support guidelines.


Child support is the responsibility of both parents. This obligation continues until a minor child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, which ever occurs last. However, a parent may be required to support an adult child who is incapable of self-support due to a physical or mental disability.


The interspousal support obligation is a duty that arises upon marriage and continues as long as the marriage exists. After couples have separated, but prior to the filing for divorce, support payable to a dependent spouse is called "spousal support." A spousal support obligation arises out of the marriage relationship. Contrarily, after a divorce complaint is filed, support payable to a dependent spouse is called "alimony pendente lite" and exists only during the pendency of a divorce proceeding to enable a dependent spouse to prosecute or defend the divorce action. Both types of temporary support are calculated the same way, by taking a percentage of the difference in each party's respective net monthly incomes or earning capacities. Both alimony pendente lite and spousal support are taxable income to the payee and deductible by the payor.


COHABITATION AGREEMENTS


When a couple decides to live together without getting married or entering into a civil union, that couple may protect promises made to one and other by entering into a written agreement to protect any assets or liabilities acquired during the couple’s relationship or to protect any promises of financial support made by one member of the couple to the other. Should a couple decide to end their relationship, this agreement is a valuable tool in efficiently resolving the division of the couples’ assets and liabilities and questions of financial support.


Salny Redbord and Rinaldi family law attorneys are experienced in negotiating, drafting and resolving issues concerning all agreements between couples.


CHILD SUPPORT


In New Jersey and New York, child custody matters usually, only a child's biological parents can seek custody of their minor child. In very limited circumstances, however, other adults who are not the biological parents may seek partial or primary custody of a minor child.

Physical custody is the actual physical possession and control of a minor child. A person may have sole physical custody, primary physical custody, partial physical custody, shared physical custody or visitation rights. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child including decisions regarding education, religion and medical care.


PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS AND POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS


A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by a couple prior to their marriage. The purpose of the agreement is to define the couples’ rights and obligations if they should decide to get a divorce. Typically, couples who have prenuptial agreements that file for divorce, often spend less time and financial resources fighting in court since the agreement generally resolves the division of the couples’ assets, liabilities and financial support obligations.


During Your Marriage - Mid-Marriage Agreement and Post-Nuptial Agreement

A mid-marriage agreement is a contract entered into by a couple during the course of their marriage. The purpose of a mid-marriage agreement is similar to the purpose of a pre-nuptial agreement; specifically, the mid-marriage agreement will generally resolve the division of a couple’s assets, liabilities and financial support obligations in the event of a divorce. A couple may enter into a mid-marriage agreement for a variety of reasons. 


Salny Redbord and Rinaldi family law attorneys are experienced in negotiating, drafting and resolving issues concerning all agreements between couples.


PROPERTY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS AND MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS


After Your Marriage - Property Settlement Agreement and Marital Settlement Agreement

When a couple decides to get a divorce and no contract exists to determine the division of their assets and liabilities, at the conclusion of most divorce negotiations, the couple will enter into a property settlement agreement which will resolve how a couple’s assets, liabilities and financial support obligations will be determined. If you are a couple that has children, this agreement will also address custody, parenting time and child support for your minor child.


Salny Redbord and Rinaldi family law attorneys are experienced in negotiating, drafting and resolving issues concerning all agreements between couples.


SME SEX PARTNERS AND LGBT


Same-sex couples are now able to marry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These states also recognize gay and lesbian marriages that have been entered into legally in other states. Nevertheless, many of the same family law issues that are present in heterosexual couples also arise in same-sex couples.


At Salny Redbord and Rinaldi we believe each family is unique whether it is a couple of the opposite sex or same-sex. For years, Salny Redbord and Rinaldi family law attorneys have been working with same-sex clients. We have the legal experience and understanding of the nuances and challenges the LGBT community encounters during these trying circumstances.


We offer LGBT clients the following legal services concerning their family matters:

· Adoption

· Assisted Reproduction Contracts

· Cohabitation Agreements

· Dissolution of Same Sex Partners

· Estate Planning

· Foreign Adoption

· Immigration

· Name Change

· Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

· Property Settlement Agreements

· Same-Sex Divorce & Separation

Child Custody:

· Child Support

· Custody

· Modifications of Child Support

· Visitation and Maintenance