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What can you do if someone trespasses on your property?

As a property owner, you have the right to decide who does or does not come onto your land or into your home. When someone crosses a boundary line and is on your property without permission, that could be trespassing. There are times when these are serious issues that merit a strong response, but it is not always easy to prove in a legal case that someone trespassed.

To prove someone trespassed on your land, you must be able to prove some level of intent behind the action. If you believe the integrity of your property rights are under threat, your property is at risk or the safety of your family could be at stake, it's important to know how to prove trespassing took place and whatever else you can regarding an appropriate course of legal action.

Commercial real estate and the work from home movement

The new reality that various business sectors have had to contend with lately may affect them moving forward. The commercial real estate market in New Jersey is one such industry affected by more of the workforce working from home. Will fewer companies be looking to lease office spaces moving forward?

According to one leasing executive, there may be a fork in the road, but office space leasing hasn't given up the ghost just yet. In fact, more New Jersey companies are choosing to lease space -- even in the short term -- relatively close to where most of their workforce resides and that's in their own neck of the woods, rather than lease space in the Big Apple. Companies are reluctant to sign long-term leases until they have a better idea of what the market is likely to do in the coming months.

As a man, can you receive spousal support?

Though many people still live by traditional gender roles, it is becoming more common for people to decide how household duties, income-earning and child-rearing should occur on a more individual basis rather than on a traditional basis. As a result, you may have been a stay-at-home dad while your wife earned the household income, or you may have had a lesser-paying job than your wife. Whatever the case, your marriage held less traditional views on the role you each played.

Now that you and your spouse are getting a divorce, you may worry whether that non-traditional view will follow you into the courtroom. After all, because you earned less than your spouse, you may need alimony in the years following the divorce in order to get back on your feet.

Should we have a confidentiality agreement in our divorce?

When a couple's marriage is coming to an end, there is one thing they're likely to agree on and that is keeping their personal issues as private as possible. New Jersey couples heading for divorce might consider having a confidentiality agreement in place. The bottom line is that information that was not publicly known, or known by a spouse prior to a divorce, shouldn't be accessible because of a divorce.

A confidentiality agreement will label which documents should remain private and usually states that only the couple divorcing, their attorneys and those directly involved in the case such as other experts, should be allowed access to the information contained within. A confidentiality agreement is a stringent document and that means no one other than those mentioned should be privy to the information in it and that includes family members, friends, the media, social media or anyone else. The consequences for breaching the agreement are agreed upon by each party and are specified in the agreement itself.

Rules of engagement that may make the divorce process easier

The ending of a marriage might be the most stressful time either person has ever experienced. There are typically two components to divorce: the legal and the emotional. It is said that it takes much less time for a couple to legally divorce in New Jersey than to heal from the wounds that may have been created by the marriage coming to an end.

There are some things of which each person may want to be mindful to help the divorce to go as smoothly as possible. In some circumstances it might be difficult, but each person should try to respect the other and that means privacy as well. It would also be best for both people if neither berated the other in front of family, friends or in public and keep personal issues off social media. If the couple have children, they also have to agree to always put the children's best interests first.

How do tough times affect a marriage?

Most people didn’t plan on spending days at home for months on end. Being cooped up at home can take its toll on people and, in turn, relationships. Spending too much time together can be detrimental to a marriage.

Some spouses may be able to adapt to new, unexpected challenges like job loss, health issues or significant life changes. In contrast, other couples may find an unforeseen hardship to be the final straw.

Does socioeconomic status play into reasons for divorce?

There may be many reasons a couple's marriage gets into trouble. But the common denominator listed as one of the reasons for divorce in many cases are money woes. When a New Jersey couple can't get the way they think about money on the same page, could it cause real problems within the marriage? A recent study showed that the socioeconomic status of a couple does affect their relationship.

The study, conducted by two U.S. universities, contacted 431 couples living in low-income areas five times in five years asking such questions as how satisfied they were with the amount of time they spend together and how much they trust their spouses. Those responding to the questionnaire were put into three separate categories of initial satisfaction in their marriages: high, moderate and low. Sixty percent fell into the high satisfaction category, while 30% were in the moderate category and 10% in the low.

What marital asset is often inadequately focused on in divorce?

The term "marital assets" in a divorce often connotes fluidity just as much as it does a straightforward listing of divisible property to be apportioned between soon-to-be former spouses.

That is of course because any given divorce is flatly different from another. The family law realm comprises unique challenges and opportunities in every case, given the organic nature of families.