What’s in a Name?

How easily can you change your name? Names changed through marriage do not require a visit to a lawyer or a courtroom. Your marriage license is generally all that’s needed. If you’re getting divorced, you can generally request that the judge handling your divorce formally restore your old name. What if you change your name … Continue reading “What’s in a Name?”

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Balm)

Prior to 1935, a jilted lover could sue and recover damages for alienation of affection, adultery, and breach of promise to marry. However, in June of 1935, the Heart Balm Act went into effect in New Jersey. Still the law today, the Heart Balm Act abolished any formerly existing right to sue and recover damages under these causes of action. So what … Continue reading “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Balm)”

Prenuptial Agreements

For some, before the “I do” comes the “sign here.” Prenuptial agreements may not be the stuff of great romance, but they are a necessary evil if you have assets to protect.  So how iron-clad are prenuptial agreements? Just how much protection does a prenuptial agreement actually afford? The answer depends largely on when you entered into the prenuptial … Continue reading “Prenuptial Agreements”

Pleading for a Divorce

In New Jersey, there are nine grounds for divorce. The most common is “irreconcilable differences.” To file on grounds of irreconcilable differences, you must allege that you and your spouse had irreconcilable differences for at least six months, that the marriage should be dissolved because of those differences, and that there is no reasonable prospect you … Continue reading “Pleading for a Divorce”