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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce divorce

The day after their ten year wedding anniversary on June 29, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced that they would be seeking a divorce. In a joint statement issued to TMZ on Tuesday, the couple explained that they had “made the difficult decision to divorce.” However, the two actors plan to mediate the divorce agreement, saying they will “go forward with love and friendship for one another.”

The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement in place, but the two appear to be working together to come to a mutually satisfying agreement. They have made the decision to co-parent their three children, ages 3, 6, and 9, and to resolve all questions regarding finances and custody before signing any papers.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in Monmouth County understand how difficult the divorce process can be, especially when children are involved. Our compassionate legal team has the experience and resources to help you through this process as smoothly as possible. Call us at (732) 898-2378 today to discuss your specific situation.

What will be considered community property?

Almost everything that you and your partner acquired during the course of your marriage will be considered community property, though there are a few exceptions. Items that were acquired before the marriage began, gifts that were acquired during the marriage, and any items that were mutually agreed to belong to a single person will likely be considered private property. This distinction will be critical as you and your partner work through the process of dividing your assets.

To speak with one of the Monmouth County divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., about the particulars of your situation, please call our Monmouth County offices at (732) 898-2378 today.

Pamela Anderson wants California divorce from Rick Salomon

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who recently filed for divorce from poker champion Rick Salomon, has again filed legal documents–this time to challenge her ex’s move to annul their marriage in Nevada, The Daily Mail reported on March 17.

According to the legal papers, Anderson claims that Salomon used part of his $40 million poker winnings last year to buy a $4 million-worth of home in Nevada to make it appear that he is a resident of the state. Anderson further stated that they had been living at her Malibu residence together. By ending her marriage in the state of California, Anderson would be entitled to half of Salomon’s earnings.

If you are a divorcing couple in Monmouth, facing the legal complexities brought about by the process could be challenging without the expert guidance and legal assistance of our team of family law attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. Call our office at (732) 898-2378 for a free, non-obligatory assessment of your situation.

Rapper Nick Cannon divorces Mariah Carey

Rapper and T.V. personality Nick Cannon officially ended his marriage to singer Mariah Carey on December 12, a week after allegedly reaching an agreed upon settlement, according to a report by the Daily Mail on January 17.

However, reports also claim that the 34-year-old rap artist won’t be able to get a share of Mariah’s forthcoming Las Vegas residency. The two wed in Mariah’s private resort in the Bahamas on April 8, 2008 and separated in August 2013. They are parents to twins, Monroe and Morrocan.

With all the legal intricacies involved in the process of divorce, ensuring that a divorce arrangement would provide you the best possible outcome is a great challenge. However, our team of compassionate and seasoned divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., might be able to represent your interests and your welfare during this strenuous legal process. Call our Monmouth County office at (732) 898-2378 to seek legal assistance today.

Kris and Bruce Jenner’s marriage now officially over

The divorce papers of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” celebrities Kris and Bruce Jenner have reportedly been finalized, the Daily Newsreported on December 18.

A Los Angeles County judge reportedly finalized the couple’s divorce, officially pulling the plug on their 23 years of marriage. Although the two did not have a prenuptial agreement, they were able to split up their assets cordially.

The divorce papers, which were filed last September, show the couple split on June 1, 2013. They share two daughters, Kylie, 17, and Kendall, 18.

Couples undergoing the legal process of divorce do not only undergo emotional strain; they also have to deal with challenging practical concerns, such as the reasonable and impartial division of their assets. If you plan on filing for a divorce, consult with our legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., to learn more about your rights and legal options. Call our Monmouth County office at (732) 898-2378 today for a free assessment of your case.

Man getting divorced drives wife’s car into New Jersey river

The New Jersey Herald reported on November 10th that a man going through a divorce had driven his wife’s car into a river.

Reports say that the 50-year-old man went to his wife’s residence to pick up the red Corvette, which he jointly owned with his wife, and proceeded to drive it to the riverbank. He exited the car, according to witnesses, and allowed the car to glide into the river.

Police are searching for the man, but he is unlikely to face theft charges. He is, however, possibly facing charges associated with violating a protective order against abuse. He may also face reckless endangerment charges.

If you are going through a divorce, it is absolutely essential that you feel safe. If your spouse is acting in a way that frightens you and you worry for your safety, this can considered in your divorce proceedings. Speak with the attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling our Monmouth County offices at 732-898-2378 to learn about how we can help you during this difficult time.

Jane Lynch’s divorce from wife now finalized

Glee actress Jane Lynch is now officially single after the divorce between her and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, has been finalized, according to a report by ABC News on October 28.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph C. Hofer finalized the divorce arrangement, which grants Dr. Embry half of Lynch’s royalties from various entertainment programs, including several seasons of T.V. series hit Glee.

The two wed on Memorial Day of 2010 in Massachusetts. The Glee star filed for dissolution of marriage in July 2013 due to ‘irreconcilable differences.’

Divorce is almost always an emotionally complicated process, and we understand that your interests need to be protected throughout. In a same-sex divorce, it is also necessary to be experienced in the nuances of the changing laws that may apply. The compassionate legal team at Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in Monmouth may help you through this difficult time and guide you through the options available to you.

Collins’ leaked recording may influence divorce outcome

A leaked recording of Stephen Collins’ alleged child molestation confession might influence the outcome of the divorce proceeding between him and his ex, Faye Grant, CBS News reported on October 9.

According to the report, Collins’ attorney accused Grant of releasing the audio file in which his client reportedly admitted his sexual misconduct with female minors. Collins’ legal counsel said Grant has been threatening the former 7th Heaven cast member with giving the audiotape to the media if he declines to pay her millions of dollars more than what she is legally entitled in the divorce settlement.

Grant refuted the allegations, saying that she had long ago turned over the recording to the authorities in connection with a 2012 criminal investigation.

Our legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., is dedicated to protecting the interests of Monmouth County couples going through a divorce. Call our offices at (732) 898-2378 today to discuss your particular case.

Divorce Proceedings Begin with Legal Twist

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that Michael Mandelbaum, whose family owns a stake in the Minnesota Vikings franchise, claimed he was never officially married to his wife when she brought a divorce petition against him.

This allegation came after Mandelbaum and Debra – the woman who claimed the two were indeed married legally – lived together for 20 years as man and wife. The report stated they had a Jewish wedding ceremony, and even bought property and filed taxes together as husband and wife. However, Mandelbaum claimed that their divorce is not valid, since he and Debra did not obtain a marriage license before their ceremony, as New Jersey law dictates they must. Mandelbaum said that his and Debra’s wedding on December 5, 1995 occurred 16 days before their marriage license was approved. Debra asserted that his attempt to deny they were ever married is merely a way to keep her from money she would receive in divorce proceedings.

Divorce is usually complicated, especially if the separating couple disagrees on issues such as asset division, child custody, and alimony. Regardless of your issue, the divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in Monmouth County can offer experienced and committed legal representation throughout your divorce. Call our offices at (732) 898-2378 today to begin discussing your situation.

How can a divorce lawyer help with the division of debt?

Just as a divorcing couple will need to come to an agreement as to how their assets will be divided, they must also come to an agreement as to how their debt will be divided. While this process can be highly contentious, as it will likely have substantial impact on each partner’s future finances, an experienced divorce lawyer can help you protect your own interests and help you see that the division of debt is carried out on fair terms. As such, debt may not necessarily divided equally; if one partner earns substantially more income than the other, the higher earner may be made to assume a higher percentage of the debt.

The dedicated property division lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., may advise you as to the best course of action concerning the division of debt during your divorce and are prepared to help you protect your future.

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