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If you have gone through a divorce and are paying alimony, you likely know that your support obligation can be modified or even terminated upon a showing of “changed circumstances.” While changed circumstances could apply to a number of situations, one common example that has long been a basis to modify or terminate alimony is an ex-spouse’s cohabitation with another individual. According to New Jersey Statute 2A:34-23(n), which was enacted in 2014, “[c]ohabitation involves a mutually supportive, intimate personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken duties and privileges that are commonly associated with marriage…but does not necessarily maintain a single common household.” The statute goes on to list the seven factors courts should look to when determining if cohabitation is indeed taking place:

  1. Intertwined finances such as joint bank accounts and other joint holdings or liabilities;
  2. Sharing or joint responsibility for living expenses;
  3. Recognition of the relationship in the couple’s social and family circle;
  4. Living together, the frequency of contact, the duration of the relationship, and other indicia of a mutually supportive intimate personal relationship;
  5. Sharing household chores;
  6. Whether the recipient of alimony has received an enforceable promise of support from another person; and
  7. All other relevant evidence.

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I was a matrimonial Judge for 17 years and presided over approximately 21,000 divorces.

I myself went through a divorce before I became a Judge, and I have helped several of my children through their own divorces. Since leaving the bench, I’ve spent the last nine years mediating hundreds of divorce cases.

I am firmly convinced that mediation – regardless of which side of the divorce equation you are on – is much more preferable, easier, faster, and less expensive than litigating your divorce in a courtroom.

skoloff wolfe best law firms 2021Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., today announced that the firm is ranked in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the practice area of Family Law. Founded more than 50 years ago, Skoloff & Wolfe attorneys are leaders in the fields of family and matrimonial law, real estate property tax appeals, and business litigation.

Recognition by Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” is based entirely on peer review. The organization’s methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of colleagues and firms within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

The nomination process employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services, in the belief that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.

Jonathan W. WolfeJonathan Wolfe headshot, co-managing partner of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., completed his term in August as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Family Law. Prior to his term as chair, Mr. Wolfe held numerous leadership positions in the ABA, including as a member of the ABA’s Executive Committee, Board of Governors and House of Delegates.

Under Mr. Wolfe’s guidance the Family Law section undertook several new initiatives to help promote the fair practice of family law for individuals and families of all means. These included a charitable fund to help promote access to justice, as well as to support the organization’s public service projects and educational programs. He also oversaw the section’s Covid-19 response by streamlining the organization’s online capabilities to help move ABA events to a virtual platform.

“I’m extremely proud that during my term the fund helped provide a way to recognize the outstanding family lawyers who work pro bono to help people who might otherwise be unable to afford professional legal representation,” Mr. Wolfe said. “Donations to the charitable fund are helping the Family Law section enhance diversity and inclusion in the profession. I am proud of the important work being done by our Section.”

Best Lawyers logo 2020Skoloff & Wolfe attorneys Gary N. Skoloff, Jonathan W. Wolfe, and Patrick T. Collins were selected among The Best Lawyers in America© for family law.

Gary Skoloff HeadshotGary N. Skoloff, one of the founders of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., was selected by his peers for inclusion in the list for the thirty-fifth time, a record of sustained excellence that speaks to his reputation as one of the nation’s leading family law practitioners. He is the author of New Jersey Family Law Practice, now in its fifteenth edition, which is widely regarded as one of the foremost treatises on New Jersey family law.

Mr. Skoloff’s experience as a family law practitioner makes him a highly sought after family law attorney for accomplished individuals and their spouses in virtually every field, including finance, real estate, professional sports, entertainment, law, and medicine. He has held multiple leadership positions in professional organizations both on state and national levels, and he is a frequent lecturer on family law topics. Mr. Skoloff has repeatedly provided his insights for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and he was an adjunct professor of Family Law at Seton Hall Law School. He also served as the president of the Rutgers Law School Alumni Association.

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