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Iron Chef’s Cat Cora announces divorce from partner of 17 years

Iron Chef star Cat Cora announced she has filed for divorce from her partner of 17 years, Jennifer Cora. Court records indicate that Jennifer Cora filed on October 28, with Cat Cora filing her petition the next day. The women have four sons together and filed for different custody agreements in addition to the divorce. While Jennifer Cora has requested full custody, Cat Cora has filed for joint custody between the two.

In a statement made by Cora, the chef said that she and Jennifer are dedicated to raising their sons in the best environment possible despite the divorce. No specific reason for the divorce has been released yet.

Divorce is one of the most emotionally difficult experiences an individual can go through, and it can be made even worse when child custody battles become involved. At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., our Monmouth divorce and child custody attorneys are dedicated to helping clients work through the complex legal processes. Call our offices today at (732) 898-2378 to learn more.



Halle Berry announces Divorce from Husband Oliver Martinez

Actress Halle Berry has announced her split from husband Oliver Martinez after two years of marriage. The couple has filed due to irreconcilable differences but stated that the divorce was a mutual decision. In a joint statement, the couple wished nothing but the best for each other and said their decisions regarding the divorce will be based on the best interests of their two-year-old son, Maceo. Both requested joint custody in their individual petitions, and custody rights will be determined at a later date. The couple also filed a prenuptial agreement prior to the marriage.

The couple first met on the set of their movie Dark Tide in 2012 and wed in 2013. Rumors that the couple has been on the rocks have circulated for months, intensifying after Berry was photographed without her wedding ring multiple times. Berry’s split from Martinez marks the actress’s third divorce.

Whether it takes place in the public eye or not, divorce is an extremely difficult process for all those involved. The New Jersey legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., is ready to help individuals going through a divorce deal with the process ahead. Call our offices today at (732) 898-2378 to learn more.



Giada De Laurentiis’ divorce finalized

Chef, writer, and television personality Giada De Laurentiis is now officially divorced from her 52-year-old ex-husband, Todd Thompson, according to a September 8 report from Fox 5.

Court documents indicate that Thompson will keep their $3.2 million residence in Pacific Palisades. Her ex-husband of 11 years will also receive $9,000 every month in child support, and 50% of the profits from all the cookbooks the 45-year-old chef published during their marriage, as well as the ones that she is currently working on. The two plan to share joint custody of their daughter.

Divorce is not just an emotional process, but an extremely complex legal undertaking, as well, and it’s important to have an attorney on your side who is looking out to make sure that your rights are protected. At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., we understand that divorcing couples in Monmouth have unique legal circumstances that need to be addressed with considerable care and attention. Call our office at (732) 898-2378 and tell us more about your situation today.



Several states move towards shared custody reform

According to a recent press release from the National Parents Organization, lawmaking representatives from twenty states are endeavoring to enact changes to child custody arrangements that alienate the noncustodial parent in order to create situations that support the development of relationships between the child and both parents. This push for shared custody reform comes after several studies published evidence that children of divorced parents flourish in arrangements wherein parents share around thirty-five percent of the parenting duties.

This reform is excellent news for fathers who struggle seeking custody of their children, as a certain gender bias that leads judges to place children with their mother has dominated family courts for many years. However, a recent study from Arizona State University found that the majority of public opinion goes against actual laws regarding child custody and support. With so many states leaning towards reform, though, it looks like shared custody is trending towards the new normal among divorced parents these days.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in Monmouth County may represent you throughout your child custody negotiations. Call us at (732) 898-2378 today to learn more.



Affleck and Garner announce an amicable divorce

42-year-old Ben Affleck and 43-year-old Jennifer Garner have confirmed that they are ending their 10 years of marriage, according to a report by People on June 30.

The ex-couple, who were often seen enjoying their family time with their kids at their home in Los Angeles, said they will co-parent their children, Samuel, 3, Seraphina, 6, and Violet 9. A source close to the couple said the two are planning to seek a mediated divorce to finalize their agreement.

The two stars first worked together in 2001’s Pearl Harbor and started dating after making the film Daredevil.

Some couples choose the process of mediation to deal with their divorce. During this process, you will need a family law attorney to look after your rights, review the outcome of your settlement, and prepare legal documents for an uncontested divorce. Our team of divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., is willing to help you. Contact our Monmouth office at (732) 898-2378 today.



Child support dispute brewing between Chris Brown and his ex

Chris Brown has allegedly stopped paying child support for his daughter Royalty after his ex, Nia Guzman, demanded that the payments should increase from $2,500 to $15,000, a report by The Daily Mail stated on May 25.

The report came after the award winning singer brought his 11-month-old daughter to the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas this weekend. According to the report, Brown has not been paying his former girlfriend child support since March. The report added that Guzman’s legal team is ready to file a petition to demand the new sum, on top of the missed payments.

Fighting for child support can be extremely challenging, especially when the other party refuses to provide you the financial assistance your child legitimately needs. At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., we can help you secure your child’s future by advocating for the child support payments you need. Call our Monmouth county office at (732) 898-2378 to discuss your specific situation.



What is the difference between legal and physical custody?

As you and your former partner work through the process of divorce, the child custody agreement may be one of the most contentious aspects of that process. If you retain legal custody of your child, you will have the legal right to participate in the decisions about your child’s life, ranging anywhere from his or her religious upbringing to any medical concerns that your child may need to work through. With physical custody, you will have the legal right to keep your child in your home—physical custody may be shared with your partner if you agree to joint custody.

If you plan to legally dissolve your marriage, our Monmouth County divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., may help you protect you and your child’s interests as you move on with your life. To schedule a consultation, please call our offices at (732) 898-2378 today.



Judge to sign away Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s marriage

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin will soon be officially single, People revealed on April 20.

According to reports, the Mortdecai star and the Coldplay vocalist are just awaiting a judge’s authorization of the divorce agreement. The details of the agreement, designed by managers representing each of the two, have not been revealed, although the ex-couple would likely share joint custody of their two kids, Apple and Moses.

In March 2014, the two announced that they were “consciously uncoupling” after 10 years of marriage. The two are now both involved in new relationships, although they appear to have remained friends and are both committed to their children.

The Monmouth County divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., believe divorcing couples should be given the best legal representation possible, so their interests and the interests of their children are protected throughout the entire process. Call our team at (732) 898-2378 today to learn how we may work on your behalf.



Jeremy Renner to share physical and legal custody of his daughter

Canadian model Sonni Pacheco and American Hustle actor Jeremy Renner have come to terms for child custody and support of their 2-year-old daughter, according to a report by People on April 1.

Renner will get joint legal and physical custody of his daughter Ava, despite Pacheco’s request for primary custody. The 44-year-old actor has also been ordered to pay $13,000 a month in child support. However, the report also revealed that the Canadian model will not be receiving any spousal support from the actor.

Last December, Pacheco filed for divorce against Renner, claiming the two had irreconcilable differences. The ex-couple was married for 10 short months.

Filing for a divorce can be especially difficult given the legal issues that are often fraught with emotion. As such, enlisting the guidance and expertise of a compassionate family law attorney could help you safeguard your rights and interests during this crucial time. To learn more about filing for a divorce in Monmouth County, speak with a legal representative at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378 today.



New Jersey man arrested for violating child custody agreement

According to authorities, 36-year-old New Jersey resident Kristopher Dohm was recently arrested in Florida, along with a man from Tennessee’s most wanted list, after violating the terms of his child custody agreement. Authorities were first contacted after Dohm failed to take his two sons back to their mother’s house in Roxbury Township, instead taking them to Florida, which violated the terms of his custody agreement.

Over a month later, Dohm and his friend were both arrested at the Royal Palm Inn in New Port Richey, Florida. Both of Dohn’s sons were safe and were placed in protective custody while their mother traveled to Florida to meet them.

Dealing with custody violations is an overwhelming experience, and one that many parents are unsure how to handle. Fortunately, help is available. If your child’s other parent is failing to adhere to the terms of your court-ordered custody or visitation agreement, the experienced Monmouth County child custody lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., know what it takes to make sure that child custody agreements are adhered to, and we’re ready to put this experience to work for you. Call us today at (732) 898-2378 to see what we can do for you.