Beachwood is a borough in Ocean County with a population of approximately 11,000. Of that population, 60% is married. The borough has a total area spanning 2.85 miles and borders Berkeley Township, Pine Beach and South Toms River. Beachwood dates its settlement back to 1914, under a plan which 1,700 acres of land were sold by Berkeley Township and earmarked as a summer colony known as Beachwood. The plan was forged by the New York Tribune. Purchasers of the land paid $19.60 per plot and received a subscription of the New York Tribune in return.
Planning for Divorce in Beachwood
Once you decide that it is time to file for divorce, there are preliminary steps you should take prior to approaching your spouse. You should formulate a plan about where you will live, how much money you anticipate having, and creating an inventory of all assets and liabilities that will be subject to distribution. In addition, if you have children, thought must be given to the logistics of where they will live and what you envision the parenting schedule to look like. In addition, you should start setting aside money to cover the costs of hiring an attorney and moving. Once that foundation is set, you should contact a matrimonial attorney in your area to help facilitate those goals. The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. have an aggregate of 70 years of experience navigating the nuances of a divorce. As a local Ocean County firm, the attorneys spend the majority of their time, handling all aspects of family law related matters for Ocean County residents. If you live in Beachwood and are contemplating a divorce, contact Villani & DeLuca, P.C. to help you start the process.
Equitable Distribution in Beachwood
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state which means that assets and liabilities are not automatically divided equally, but rather equitably. Property that is subject to distribution is usually any property that has been acquired by either party from the date of the marriage until the date the Complaint for Divorce is filed. Any pre-marital property, is presumed not to be subject to distribution. Courts will often identify those assets that are subject to distribution, such as real property, bank accounts, retirement accounts and value them. Once the assets are identified and valued the court is given wide discretion in determining the most equitable way to distribute the assets. Courts often look to various factors to determine what is fair and equitable. The most common factors reviewed by the Court are the duration of the marriage, the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, the age and health of the parties. If you are contemplating divorce, let the law firm of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. help you isolate any assets that may be subject to distribution.
Divorce Attorney in Beachwood
Managing partner, Vincent DeLuca, has over 23 years of experience handling all aspects of family law. He began his career as a law clerk in Monmouth County to the Honorable Raymond Hayser, J.S.C. (retired). He is now certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney. In addition, he is also a certified divorce mediator and is often times assigned complex and routine cases to mediate by judges in both Ocean and Monmouth counties.