Category: Domestic Violence

Can I obtain a Final Restraining Order Against Someone I Never Physically Dated In Person?

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Can I obtain a Final Restraining Order Against Someone I Never Physically Dated In Person?

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently found that it was appropriate to enter a Final Restraining Order under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act against a defendant where the parties never experienced a single in-person date, never visited each other’s homes, never met each other’s friends or family members, never engaged in sexual relations, never kissed, and never even held hands. C.C. v. J.A.H., No. A-4425-18T3, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 52, at *11 (Super. Ct. App. Div. May 4, 2020).

In some circumstances, in order to obtain a Final Restraining Order under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (hereinafter the “Act”), a victim must first prove that the Act applies to the relationship the victim has with the defendant. Where the parties were never married or never resided in the same home, the Court is not able, by law, to issue a final restraining order. Under the Act, the victim must first prove a “dating relationship” existed between the parties. See N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19(d).

To determine whether the parties’ have or had a “dating relationship” the Court must consider the following factors:

  1. Was there a minimal social interpersonal bonding of the parties over and above a mere casual fraternization?
  2. How long did the alleged dating activities continue prior to the acts of domestic violence alleged?
  3. What were the nature and frequency of the parties’ interactions?
  4. What were the parties’ ongoing expectations with respect to the relationship, either individually or jointly?
  5. Did the parties demonstrate an affirmation of their relationship before others by statement or conduct?
  6. Are there any other reasons unique to the case that support or detract from a finding that a “dating relationship” exists?

S.K. v. J.H., 426 N.J. Super. 230, 235 (App. Div. 2012).

However, the Court looked beyond the factors set forth in S.K. and determined that, “….dating is a loose concept undoubtedly defined differently by members of different socio-economic groups and from one generation to the next.” C.C. v. J.A.H., No. A-4425-18T3, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 52, at *9 (Super. Ct. App. Div. May 4, 2020) citing J.S. v. J.F., 410 N.J. Super. 611, 614 (App. Div. 2009). The Appellate Division also provided that the factors set forth in S.K. must not be rigidly applied when determining whether a dating relationship exists and recommended that trial judges “consider the parties’ own understanding of their relationship as colored by socio-economic and generational influences.” Id at 9-10 citing J.S., Supra. 614. The Appellate Division further found that when deciding whether the parties had a dating relationship under the Act, “…the court must view the facts through the prism of the State’s strong public policy against domestic violence.” Id citing J.S., Supra 614.

The Appellate Division upheld the trial court’s finding that a dating relationship in fact did exist where their relationship was demonstrated “…by the intensity and content of their communications, including the exchange of nearly 1300 highly personal text messages.” C.C. v. J.A.H., No. A-4425-18T3, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 52, at *2 (Super. Ct. App. Div. May 4, 2020). The Appellate Division further stated that, “…the volume and intensity of text message communications can establish a dating relationship, even in the absence of a traditional in-person date.” Id at 15.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and has questions about obtaining a final restraining order under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, please contact my office at (908) 575-9777. At Lyons & Associates, P.C., we pay personal attention to personal matters and specialize in all facets of family law and are uniquely suited to handling such matters.

By: Mark Gabriel, Esq.

The Marriage Story

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The Marriage Story

Over the weekend I saw the movie “The Marriage Story”. The movie begins with a couple attending mediation where they tell each other everything they loved about the other person. For anyone who has attended mediation, this is not the usual way to begin. Mediation is usually about looking forward. Yet, looking back at the things that brought you and your spouse together is a good building block. Mediation is about solutions – solutions that work for your entire family. In any family, each person brings something to the table whether it be a strength or a weakness. It’s those strengths and weaknesses that should be considered when mediating an agreement.

Shortly into the movie the parties flounder through their first Halloween separated. Henry, their son, basically has two Halloweens due to the tension between the parties. As the movie progresses, it is clear each person has his or her own agenda. Husband wants to stay in New York and continue working at his theatre company. Wife wants to move to Los Angeles, where she is from originally, and act on a television show. Henry, the child in the movie, just wants to live in one place, with one set of friends. Yet, it is clear as the movie continues, no one is going to get everything he or she wants and everyone will have to make compromises they can live with.

In the movie, both parties hire cut throat divorce attorneys who fight vigorously for their clients. Eventually though, the parties settle, with Wife’s attorney sneaking in a provision regarding custody and saying “Take the win.” In real life, there are no winners or losers when it comes to divorce, just compromise. At the end of the movie, a year later, the parties are able to go trick or treating together with their son, having come to an arrangement they can both live with. Both parties now live and work in LA and have settled into a parenting time routine. During the last scene in the movie, the wife allows Henry to spend the night with his father, even though it is really her night according to the schedule.

If there is anything this movie shows, it is that divorce is a process. It is a series of decisions and compromises the parties can live with. It is not standing in a courtroom one day with your attorney and the judge banging the gavel, telling you “You are divorced!”. Judges don’t want to make your life decisions. They want you to decide what works for your family. Divorce can be expensive and stressful and that’s where Lyons and Associates can be helpful. Whether you need an attorney that will fight for you or a mediator that can help you reach a peaceful resolution, Lyons and Associates can give you that personal attention. Chris Ann Wright is a court certified economic mediator, a certified domestic violence economic mediator and a certified matrimonial attorney. Here, at Lyons & Associates, P.C., we place a premium on personalized attention for your personal matters. For a private consultation, contact us by e-mail or call our office at 908-575-9777.

Domestic Violence and Brain Injuries

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Domestic Violence and Brain Injuries

Domestic violence affects countless women and men each year. As people have begun to talk more about the problem, counselors, medical personnel, and victim advocates are raising awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI occurs when the brain, typically cushioned safely in the skull, is violently jolted. For instance, a concussion is a type of TBI. After a TBI event, the brain may be bruised or damaged, sometimes irreparably. TBIs are frequently seen in individuals hurt in car accidents or in athletes who experience intense collisions. The most intense types of TBI require immediate attention to avoid victim death or extensive brain damage.

How Do TBIs Relate to Cases of Domestic Violence?

According to recent statistics, up to 83 percent of women who reported domestic abuse said they were either hit in the head with an object or had their head forcibly and intensely jostled. When asked how many times these types of incidents occurred, most respondents said they could not pinpoint the exact number because the abuse happened so often. However, eight percent of participants agreed that they were hit or shaken at least 20 times during the past calendar year.

Signs of a TBI

Upon medical examination, countless domestic abuse survivors present symptoms indicating current or past TBIs. Yet, it should be noted that TBIs and their outcomes are different for everyone. Depending upon the severity of a TBI, a person may exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Chronic headaches and memory loss are common indicators of a TBI and may cause lifelong trauma and issues. Other problems associated with TBIs include personality changes, inability to concentrate, sensitivity to lights and sound, nightmares, seizures, nausea and vomiting, problems sleeping, depression, difficulty speaking, and bouts of lost consciousness.

How are TBIs Treated?

When medical staff have immediate access to TBI victims, as in the case of a car wreck, they may prescribe medications, surgery, and physical therapy to reduce the TBI effects and promote healing. Ideally, people who suffered TBIs should stay away from circumstances where they may be at risk of another TBI.

Regrettably, domestic abuse victims consistently resist health care treatment after an abusive incident. Often, their reluctance stems from a fear that their abuser will retaliate against them, or a sense of shame that the abuse was their fault. This leaves them at a disadvantage because they lack diagnosis and proper care of TBIs.

Options for Domestic Violence Survivors with TBIs

Domestic violence sufferers who seek help and discover that they have been left with significant injuries due to abuse-related TBIs can take legal action against their abusers. Many attorneys specialize in assisting domestic abuse survivors fight back and sue for compensation to cover everything from medical bills to lowered wage earning capabilities. Family members of domestic violence victims left with reduced mental capacity may also wish to pursue lawsuits against alleged abusers.

Somerville Domestic Violence Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Help Victims of Domestic Abuse

If you suffered a TBI due to a confrontation with a violent domestic partner, contact the Somerville domestic violence lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Morristown and Somerville, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.

Couples With A Final Restraining Order Will Soon Be Able To Mediate Across The State

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Couples With A Final Restraining Order Will Soon Be Able To Mediate Across The State

By: CHRIS ANN WRIGHT

Recently, the New Jersey Judiciary issued a directive implementing an economic mediation program for those litigants who have a restraining order. The mediation would take place at the courthouse with litigants remaining in separate rooms throughout the mediation. The mediator, specially trained, would shuttle back and forth between the two rooms to try and settle the economic aspects of the divorce. Each room used for mediation would have a panic button and a Sheriff’s Officer would be nearby during the session to ensure everyone involved is protected. Depending upon the facilities, videoconferencing may also be used. And finally, each party would arrive and depart separately so the litigants would not have to see each other.

Since mediation may not be viable in every domestic violence situation, the victim of domestic violence would have to consent to participating in mediation. During the session, only economic issues pertaining to divorce would be discussed. Issues such as custody of your children and removing the Final Restraining Order would not be discussed. There are already other appropriate forums in place to deal with those issues. It is also important to note that in instances where only a temporary restraining order is in place, there is a contempt charge pending or there is a conviction of a violation of a final restraining order, mediation would not be allowed. In addition, if the parties are not married, in other words, the case has an “FD” docket number, then the Court would also not allow mediation. As of now, this program is only for litigants with an “FM” docket number, attempting to obtain a divorce.

This program is already in place in 6 counties and is to be implemented across the state by April 15, 2020. The mediators require specialized training to ensure they are familiar with all aspects of domestic violence. Mediation can be a useful tool in resolving economic disputes, however, keep in mind, if at any point you, as the victim, do not feel comfortable with mediation, then mediation stops and all issues will be resolved through the Court. The Court and the mediators are committed to protecting victims of domestic violence.

At Lyons & Associates, we can help you reach a fair and equitable agreement with your spouse even if there even if there is a Final Restraining Order in place.

Chris Ann Wright is a court certified economic mediator and a certified domestic violence economic mediator. Here, at Lyons & Associates, P.C., we place a premium on personalized attention for your personal matters. For a private consultation, contact us by e-mail or call our office at 908-575-9777.

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

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Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Bridgewater domestic violence lawyers will help clients protect children from the effects of violence.Each year in this country, some three to four million children are at risk of exposure to domestic violence. Most are the children of women abused by their male partners. Even when children are not physically abused themselves, they can still carry serious and lasting emotional scars of domestic abuse.

What it Means to Witness Domestic Abuse

For a child, exposure to this invasive form of violence takes many forms. Children may:

  • See episodes of physical, mental, or sexual abuse firsthand
  • Hear threats of the sounds of physical altercations from nearby
  • Observe the aftermath of domestic violence – physical injuries, tears, torn clothing, and objects broken in anger
  • Become aware of the tension inherent in a place where domestic violence exists

How Domestic Abuse Impacts Children

Children who witness domestic violence in any of these ways loses their sense of security. They may feel anxious and tense, wondering when the next episode will happen. Many feel responsible to protect the victimized family member, the siblings, and others in the home.

When they are unable to stop the abuse, they can feel guilty, powerless, and even worthless. Some children even begin to resent any family member who seems to “trigger” the abuse. Their world becomes unpredictable, chaotic, and stressful.

Behaviors of Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse

Children who are unable to stand up to an abuser or protect the victim act out in different ways. Exposure to domestic violence leads to physical symptoms, emotional behaviors, and cognitive problems that arise in childhood and potentially carry into adulthood.

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Developmental delays
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Headaches
  • Shame
  • Stomach troubles
  • Trouble sleeping

These children may be more prone to violence themselves, unleashing their own anger and pain upon others. As teens, children exposed to violence are more likely to be defiant, skip school, and make risky choices, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Children growing up around domestic abuse learn dangerous messages about love and romantic relationships and may repeat abusive dynamics with their own partners as adults.

Ending the Cycle of Domestic Violence

There is hope for children who have seen the trauma of domestic abuse firsthand. To encourage a positive outcome, it is crucial to create a safe space for the child, away from the violence. As they move forward, experts say three things are good indicators of a bright future: a good support system with caring adults, good self-esteem, and healthy bonds with friends.

Children should never hide or deny what they have seen. Counseling is beneficial for children exposed to domestic violence, giving them a safe space to share their experience.

Bridgewater Domestic Violence Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Victims of Relationship Violence

The impact of domestic violence on the entire family can never be understated. If a spouse or partner has hurt you, take steps to protect you and your children. At Lyons & Associates, P.C., our team of caring and experienced Bridgewater domestic violence lawyers is ready to advocate for you.

We take every legal action available to stop abuse and help you move forward in a positive direction. If you have questions about the next step to take to end your abusive marriage, call 908-575-9777 or contact us online. We offer discreet, no-obligation consultations to empower you to make the good decisions for you and your family.

With offices in Morristown and Somerville, your Bridgewater domestic violence lawyers are proud to advocate for clients throughout New Jersey including the communities of Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison and Morris Plains.

Does Domestic Violence Increase in Summer Months?

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Does Domestic Violence Increase in Summer Months?

Bridgewater domestic violence lawyers help victims with their cases.Advocates for victims of domestic violence have noticed a seasonal trend that domestic abuse increases during the summer months. Certain factors being attributed to the uptick have to do with common seasonal aggravations. Summer’s high temperatures cause physical discomfort that may contribute to unprovoked irritation. Unfortunately, an abuser may take those frustrations out on their significant other or another family member. The following factors also play a role in the increase of domestic violence in the summer months.

Children

Sometimes, having children around has been blamed for causing tension that results in a domestic violence situation. When schools are on summer break, children are home for longer stretches, which can test the patience of adults charged with their care. Often, one adult may blame another for the natural restlessness or attention-seeking behaviors of their children, sparking a conflict.

Alcohol

Picnics, barbeques, and other outdoor social events are a huge part of summer. Alcohol is often part of those gatherings. In an abusive household, alcohol can fuel a fight that turns violent.

Teen Dating Violence

Teenagers have more free time in the summer. When school is not in session, teens often spend more time with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Therefore, a teenager in a romantic relationship with an abusive partner logically becomes more at risk of violence in the summer months.

Domestic violence is usually associated with partners who live together. It also applies to the abuse of a child, elderly parent, or another person within the household. It may stretch the definition a bit to associate it with dating violence, but there is a considerable connection. Abusers often begin lifelong abusive habits during these youthful relationships. Abusive teens can be modeling the behavior they witnessed within their own homes. Teenage years house the perfect time to stop the cycle of abuse.

Summer is Not an Excuse

Although there are reasonable explanations for why the incidence of domestic violence increases in summer, victims’ advocates are quick to point out that the mere mention of contributing factors provides a measure of cover to an abuser who may benefit from such a handy justification. The abuser’s need to control his/her victim is the real issue that causes the violence. Supposed reasons only serve to detract from the permeating dysfunction of the abuser’s tendency to take out frustration on any victim.

Bridgewater Domestic Violence Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Help Victims with Their Cases

Victims of domestic violence need a resource to help them feel supported and empowered. Falsely accused individuals may also feel attacked and alone. The Bridgewater domestic violence lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. understand the trauma of legitimate domestic violence. Schedule a free consultation by calling 908-575-9777 or contact us online today. Located in Somerville, New Jersey, we serve clients in Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.

Ignoring Domestic Violence in the Sports World

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Signs of Domestic Violence

Woodbridge domestic violence lawyers help victims get the justice they deserve.Domestic violence is generally defined as violent acts or threats between two people who have an intimate relationship. It encompasses other crimes, including assault and battery, stalking, rape, and murder. Therefore, it may be legally charged as such, in lieu of or in addition to, the crime of domestic violence that exists in many states – including New Jersey.

The New Jersey Domestic Violence Act protects anyone who is at least 18 years old and was subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, a former spouse, or a present or former household member. It also protects anyone, regardless of age, who was abused by someone with whom they have a child, with whom is carrying their child, or whom they have had a dating relationship.

There are 14 criminal offenses that fall under the Act:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Terrorist threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking

Holding Abusers Accountable

Domestic violence can be difficult to prosecute, because victims are reluctant to both report the abuse and to testify against their abusers, often out of fear that they will retaliate.

However, even when domestic violence victims do come forward, they do not always get justice; sometimes, their claims are outright ignored. This is especially true in the sports world, where star athletes are protected at all costs, and allegations of abuse are habitually swept under the rug.

Domestic Violence Victims of Male Athletes Continue to Be Ignored

Although men are also abused, domestic violence against women is more common. The National Coalition on Domestic Violence reports that one in four women and one in five men experience physical, sexual, or stalking forms of domestic violence.

Recently, there have been a growing number of domestic violence allegations against male professional athletes. One such allegation against a former player for the Kansas City Chiefs was ignored by the team when he denied involvement. The player was only released by the team after an investigation by the National Football League (NFL) uncovered video footage of him shoving and kicking a woman.

In a public statement, the Chiefs’ CEO said that the team is comprised of young men who may not always make the best decisions, and that the team is there to support them.

Sadly, this is a common narrative in the sports world; coaches and managers often place more importance on winning the game and protecting their star players than protecting women.

However, in the summer of 2018, Ohio State’s coach was put on administrative leave, pending an investigation into what he knew about an assistant coach’s history of domestic violence. This offers some hope that times may be changing.

Woodbridge Domestic Violence Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Help Victims Get the Justice They Deserve

If you are the victim of domestic violence, call a Woodbridge domestic violence lawyer at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers can help ensure that your rights are protected and that those guilty of abuse are held accountable. From our office in Somerville, we represent clients throughout New Jersey, including those in Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains. Contact us online or call us at 908-575-9777 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Myths About Domestic Violence and Super Bowl Sunday

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Somerville domestic violence lawyers advocate for domestic violence victims.Recent reports point to a relationship between a rise in domestic violence incidents and Super Bowl Sunday. Despite some publications stating the increase in violence, no concrete evidence or data exists to support this. News outlets attempt to correct the presumption each year before the Super Bowl, but the rumor still circulates.

In fact, domestic violence may take place on a daily basis, and its root cause differs from what encourages violence at a sporting event or when liquor is consumed. Citing that instances of violence occur more often during a popular sporting event is inaccurate and fails to stress the danger of toxic relationships.

Myth #1: Excessive Drinking Leads to Domestic Violence

Sports fans and revelers alike throw parties and host get-togethers to celebrate the Super Bowl, and often take advantage of the occasion to indulge. While drinking alcohol, especially in excess, may cause an increase in aggressive behavior, this does not guarantee that a chronically abusive spouse will stop the day after heavy drinking, or that a typically non-abusive partner will engage in abuse.

In some personalities, overindulging in alcohol may result in aggressive or belligerent behavior; but this may not manifest into a spouse assaulting their mate. Alcohol may combine with other situations, such as a sports team losing, lost money in a bet, or a crowded house during a rowdy party to create a tense atmosphere – but this does not indicate a higher tendency for domestic violence.

Myth #2: Sporting Events Lead to Domestic Violence

Some view football and other rough sports as brutal, even barbaric; but this factor in itself does not instigate violence. Emotional highs and lows during a game do not contribute to higher testosterone levels or more episodes of violence between spouses.

Situations during the Super Bowl may add to the tension, including a bad call by a referee that ends the game, arguing with a fan of the opponent’s team, or losing money during the game. But tension or even a loss of temper does not constitute domestic violence.

Myth #3: Domestic Violence Occurs on Occasion

Although studies show an increase of troubling domestic violence incidents occurring around Christmas, the Super Bowl does not breed physical disputes between spouses. No one day on the calendar will predict an episode of domestic violence, because it is not necessarily determined by a specific day.

Abusive spouses most often want a sense of control over their partners, and they express that by engaging in abuse, or limiting what their partner may do without consent.

It is not an occasional event, it is a pattern that tends to start off with lavish attention and an immediate desire to become serious. Once power and control over the partner is established, however, it devolves into jealousy and possessiveness.

One day where tensions ride high, such as Super Bowl Sunday, does not make domestic violence more common. Declaring it as such creates a dangerous precedent that downplays the serious nature of domestic violence.

Somerville Domestic Violence Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Domestic Violence Victims

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation, the Somerville domestic violence lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. will advise you on the best course of action. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation today. From our Somerville, New Jersey office, we serve clients in the surrounding areas, including Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.

Why is January Divorce Month?

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Bridgewater divorce lawyers define why January is considered the divorce month.As the new year begins every January, many people reflect on how to make improvements in their lives. Some may want to lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. Others may want to stop smoking, save money, or get on a budget.

For some, the decision to end an unhappy or failing marriage becomes a priority in their life. January has become known as “Divorce Month,” because of the high rate of divorce proceedings that begin right after the New Year celebrations have ended.

Reasons Why Couples File for Divorce in January

There are many reasons why people divorce, and as a new year begins, many people reflect on what has happened in the past year, and what they hope will happen as they begin anew.

When a marital couple struggles, there is often hope that the magic of the holiday season will reignite the love and passion in their marriage; but the stress of family obligations and financial concerns can work against them.

The following are some of the reasons behind January divorces:

Financial: Money is one of the top reasons couples divorce. In marriages where both spouses work full time, the stress of work schedules and obligations can impact a relationship. Add to this struggle the stress that happens when couples conflict financially, and it is easy to see how the holidays can be a breaking point for many marriages.

Once the gift giving season ends and the bills start pouring in, the added stress and resentment that comes from these financial obligations can be the proverbial final straw to break a couple.

Children and Family: Many couples that are heading for divorce before the holiday season consciously opt to wait until after January 1st to begin divorce proceedings, to limit the impact on their children and close family members.

Getting one last holiday season in with the family intact seems logical; but realistically, it puts even more stress on the marital couple. Family gatherings with in-laws and out of town relatives, the seasonal excitement of the children, and keeping family traditions alive may only delay the inevitable.

Fiscal Considerations: In some cases, the reason that a marital couple waits until January to file for divorce is simple…taxes. If the couple remains married through December 31st, they can still file jointly in the New Year.

Waiting even later in January to file for a divorce can allow the couple to file jointly the following year as well. With careful planning, the couple can actually save money by filing for divorce at the best fiscal time.

Personal Reasons: Divorce is never easy, and waiting for the right time to file for a divorce is a very personal decision. For those that have been a victim of spousal abuse, the holidays tend to bring on an increase in incidents of domestic violence.

Spouses in extramarital affairs are often pressured by their partners to end their marriage, particularly when marital obligations interfere with their holiday celebrations. January tends to be a time when these situations come to a head; thus, divorce proceedings begin.

Morristown Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Provide a Full Range of Services in all Divorce Proceedings

If you or someone you know is contemplating a divorce, call the Morristown divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. at 908-575-9777, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Bridgewater, New Jersey offices serve clients throughout New Jersey, including Somerville, Somerset, Woodbridge, Bridgewater, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.