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Frequently Asked Questions


What Are Prenuptial Agreements?

Prenuptial Agreements can often be an uncomfortable and difficult topic to discuss with your soon to be spouse.  Despite the natural tendency to avoid approaching the subject, arriving at an agreement before your marriage and setting forth the expectations of both parties upfront often serves to strengthen your relationship and dispel ideas of your being viewed as a “ticket” to the good life. If you are a business owner, professional, celebrity, professional athlete or have children from a previous marriage, it is imperative for you to enter into a prenuptial agreement.

Preparing Agreements In Compliance With New Jersey State Law

New Jersey recognizes prenuptial agreements as valid and binding contracts, so long as certain criteria are met. There are some grey areas here, but the overarching requirement is that all the assets must be disclosed so that the signees know exactly what they are getting into.

What Can Prenuptial Agreements Address?

Simply put, these agreements can be used by marrying couples to decide any issue that would arise in a divorce, should the relationship turn sour. Men’s divorce lawyer Douglas I. Krompier helps clients create and enforce prenuptial agreements governing:

  • Property division and alimony
  • Separate property versus marital property
  • Responsibility for debts, ranging from credit cards to mortgages to other loans
  • Child custody and child support

Settling Issues Before The Marriage As Opposed To A Postnuptial Agreement

Some couples create postnuptial agreements rather than prenuptial agreements. The truth is that you are always better off with a prenuptial agreement. If you are planning a marriage, it is to your advantage to seek an agreement now rather than later. If you are married and interested in a postnuptial agreement, The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC can advise you undertaking such an agreement.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC at (732) 431-9188 to schedule a consultation now to discuss how the experienced divorce firm can protect your rights.

What Common Circumstances Constitute A Marriage That Can Be Annulled?

At The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC, we have built our reputation over years and years of representing men like you are seeking to end their marriages, often through divorce, but sometimes when the circumstances permit through a legal process called an annulment.  Simply put, an annulment reverses the marriage, so that it is dealt with as though it had never happened.

The Grounds for Annulment

There are a handful of specific circumstances in which a New Jersey court will grant a party an annulment. We can explain all of them to you when you visit our office, but here are a few scenarios:

Immigration fraud: The most common annulment scenario is when the bride to be is an immigrant from a foreign country. Often this is a result of a “mail order bride” scenario where the courtship is limited to Internet chats. Often, this foreign bride marries a man with her sole, yet unspoken intention of entering the United States on a purportedly legitimate guise. Conveniently, after two (2) years the marriage starts to fall apart. After two (2) years, an alien can petition the Department of Homeland Security under the immigration laws to remove the condition of marriage from her Green Card (VISA) requirements. Once the female alien leaves her husband after a short marriage, leaving the defrauded husband to become incensed over being “used” as a “ticket” into this country and played as nothing short of a pawn. A typical approach to avoid deportation is for an alien wife to claim that she was the victim of a battering husband. The Department of Homeland Security does not freely grant citizenship to aliens who are accused of fraud in an annulment case. The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC can counsel you if you are the victim of an immigrant wife seeking a waiver to deportation when fraud was at the heart of the marriage.

Incapacity: Annulment can be granted when a party lacked the capacity to consent to getting married. One or both parties may have been intoxicated and as often played out in movie scripts, got married on a whim, with Las Vegas as a premier destination.   A person may have a mental disability or condition preventing him or her from understanding that a marriage is even taking place.

Reproductive and sexual reasons: An annulment is a possibility if a spouse refuses to have intercourse. A woman may be unable to have children or unwilling to have children, despite claiming her desire to have children, thus concealing the truth from her husband, which raises the possibility of annulment. If a woman fails to tell her husband that she is pregnant by another man at the time they get married, annulment is a possibility as well.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC at (732) 431-9188 today to schedule a consultation to discuss how to protect your rights.

What Is An Annulment And Can I Obtain One Against My Spouse?

Have you surmised that  your spouse has defrauded you by entering into a sham marriage with you?  If so, and if you believe that you have been had,  you may be able to file a complaint with the New Jersey courts and obtain a Civil Annulment. A Civil Annulment is the name for the legal procedure that renders a marriage null and void, as if it had never existed.

The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC is here to provide experienced and knowledgeable family law legal guidance and representation to those who believe they have been the unwitting victim of marriage fraud. We handle cases involving forced marriages, polygamy, immigration fraud, deception and much more.

A marriage may be annulled for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • One spouse deceived the other about his or her willingness to have children together
  • One spouse was under the age of consent
  • One spouse was already married to another person
  • One spouse was forced to marry against his or her will
  • Both spouses were closely related (brothers and sisters, first cousins, etc.)
  • At least five years of incurable mental illness
  • Immigration fraud
  • Other marriage fraud

Can A Religious Or Church Annulment Affect My Marriage Legally?

If your marriage is annulled by your church or other religious institution, it will not affect your marital status with the State of New Jersey. Alternatively, a civil annulment that changes your legal status in New Jersey will not necessarily affect your religious status. They are independent of each other.

What Is The Effect Of An Annulment?

In New Jersey, an annulment may result in the harsh result of extinguishing a person’s rights to property acquired during the marriage that but for the annulment, would have been entitling her to her equitable share, often 50%. The logic is that if the marriage is void, then there is no equitable distribution of the assets. Therefore, an annulment may be appropriate in some cases when a person who has been defrauded into a marriage, wants to hold their spouse to the law, thereby legally paying their soon to be ex-spouse absolutely nothing. If the marriage is deemed void, then the marital assets are not subject to be equitably distributed, as there is no martial estate. An annulment treats a marriage as if it never took place. Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC today to schedule a Consultation to discuss how they can protect your rights at (732) 431-9188.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC to schedule a Consultation to discuss how they can protect your rights.

Can I Maintaining My Lifestyle After A Divorce?

In most divorce cases, it is almost a certainty that clients are not able to maintain the exact type of lifestyle they enjoyed during their marriage. Of course, the reason for this outcome is not necessarily an indication of the ability of your divorce attorney, but more the reality that the cost of maintaining two households is greater than the cost of maintaining one household. It is a given that both you and your spouse will have to readjust your lifestyle. That said, the effectiveness of your divorce attorney, whether it be through Collaborative Divorce or litigation can significantly impact the level of change you will likely incur.  Neither party should be reaping an unjust enrichment as a results of your divorce. It is our goal to assure a fair settlement in your divorce, if that divorce was accomplished by way of Collaborative Divorce or if need be, if a trial is necessary, a fair outcome.

What Is The Marital Lifestyle?

How will you be able to maintain your marital lifestyle after you have divorced from your spouse? It is our goal by carefully guiding you through the process of your divorce, to maintain as close as possible the same or similar standard of living you enjoyed during your marriage. Our experienced and knowledgeable guidance through all aspects of your divorce, including but not limited to real property division, division of assets, allocation of liabilities, child support and alimony, will make the difference between resuming and enjoying your life and living simply to pay for your spouse, so that she may live better than she did during your marriage.

Our firm strives to address each of the issues of your divorce and diligently and aggressively advocates for you, working to see that you get the money that you are rightfully owed or are paying the appropriate and fair amount in support.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC at (732) 431-9188 to schedule a Consultation to discuss how they can protect your rights.

Is Mediation Or Collaborative Divorce An Option For My Divorce Case?

While the vast majority of  people contemplating a divorce anticipate it as a bitter courtroom battle, it does not necessarily have to take that route.  Alternative approaches such as mediation and Collaborative Divorce provide ways to end a marriage without the resentment and anger that almost always takes center stage during litigation. Notwithstanding, with either method of alternative dispute resolution, it is still, if not more so critical to make sure you protect yourself by having an experienced divorce attorney at the helm of your case.

At the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier, we represent men in New Jersey divorce proceedings. We find that many of our male clients can benefit greatly from mediation or Collaborative Divorce for the following reasons:

  • Either method generally saves money compared to divorce litigation
  • If children are involved, the reduction in emotional conflict is important
  • These methods give control to the parties as to setting the terms of their own futures and the futures of their children, rather than letting a judge decide everything

While most experienced divorce lawyers may favor settlement out of court, certain cases reach such an impasse on some or even all of the issues, whereby they have no choice but to resort to litigation. Contrary to popular belief, divorce attorneys do not usually as routine, go out of their way to encourage litigation. A reputation for reasonableness and fairness on the part of divorce counsel will serve a client better in court if a compromise cannot be worked out on a particular issue. Family court judges tend not to reward divorce lawyers for sticking to extreme and/or “unreasonable” positions.

Looking Out For Your Best Interests

The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC is very experienced and totally familiar in identifying which battles are worth fighting versus those issues that carry little or no significance.  Our many male clients, as their testimonials will  confirm, have appreciated attorney Krompier’s unique ability to negotiate positive outcomes while always remaining ready and able to take your family law case to trial. Mr. Krompier educates his clients on the benefits and drawbacks of alternative dispute resolution so clients can make informed decisions without sacrificing their rights. Douglas I. Krompier, Esq. is trained in the Collaborative Divorce process, but is also an experienced, respected and formidable litigator with the trial experience necessary to defend your rights when your spouses’ attorney leaves no choice but litigation.

If your spouse has suggested divorce mediation, Collaborative Divorce or another alternative dispute resolution technique, contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC to learn about the full range of considerations that must be reviewed and analyzed prior to committing to a decision.  Never agree to any suggestions by your spouse and/or her attorney, prior to first consulting with an experienced divorce attorney who is also a respected Collaborative Divorce attorney, such as Douglas I. Krompier, MBA.

What is a “Guardian Ad Litem”?

In rare cases in the New Jersey family courts where children are at issue a guardian ad litem may be utilized, whereby an attorney is appointed by the court with the sole purpose being to represent the specific interests of the children. Usually, the court only appoints a guardian ad litem when it believes the children’s best interests are in danger and that they need an advocate of their own.  Upon occasion, one or both parents may even request the guardian ad litem especially if one parent suspects that the children are being unduly influenced by the other parent.  Both parents may be required to share the cost of hiring the guardian ad litem, in addition to their own lawyers.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC to schedule a Consultation to discuss how they can protect your rights.

What Rights Do Grandparents Have To See Their Grandchildren?

When a grandparent has a meaningful relationship with his or her grandchild, the New Jersey courts are usually reluctant to deny the grandparent access to that child. If a parent objects, the grandparent can file a motion or complaint for visitation. N.J.S.A. 9:2-7.1 provides New Jersey grandparents domiciled in the state the right to seek a court order for visitation with their grandchild. The law requires that the burden fall upon the grandparents to prove by a “preponderance of the evidence” that the requested visitation is in the “best interest of the child.” There is an inherent presumption that it is in the “best interest of the child” when the grandparent can establish that he/she has been a full-time care giver for the child. Upon such proof, the court examines and considers the following eight (8) statutory factors in its effort to rule on the application:

  1. Relationship between the grandparent and grandchild
  2. Relationship between the grandparent and the person with whom the child currently resides
  3. How much time has passed since the grandparent and grandchild last had contact?
  4. How would grandparent visitation affect the relationship between the child and his or her parents/caregivers?
  5. What parenting-time arrangements exist between the father and mother, if they are divorced or separated?
  6. Is the grandparent applying for visitation in good faith?
  7. Any history of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect by the applicant
  8. Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child

The scenario regarding Grandparents seeking visitation rights often arises at times of upheaval within their family. At times, it is the result of a parent of the child having passed away or having become incarcerated. At other times it is simply the result of the parents of the child being in the process of getting divorced. There may even be allegations of abuse or neglect by the child’s parents. Whatever the circumstance, the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier is ready to meet with New Jersey grandparents to discuss the possibility of visitation.  Often the grandparents have an extraordinary relationship with their grandchild, to the degree that they are viewed as a psychological parent.  In  circumstances like this, the Court carefully considers the legal argument to support that claim of psychological parent.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC at (732) 431-9188 to schedule a consultation today to  discuss how the firm can protect your rights.

What Is The Law As To Relocation When We Have Shared Custody Of My Child?

Following a divorce or a separation, or sometimes during the divorce process itself, one parent may desire to move to a new location, often out of state. The reason for the desired move could range from obtaining a new job to needing to be closer to aging parents, to a desire to merely relocate and start all over with a fresh start. When children are involved, however, moving away is not always simple nor can it be done unilaterally without the written consent of the other spouse or alternatively a Court Order.

The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier represents men involved in parental relocation matters. Our male clients include those men who are seeking to relocate, as well as those men who are challenging the ability of the mother to move away and take his children with her. Men face many challenges regarding child custody and visitation. Relocation is one of those challenges which may effect the father’s relationship forever.

If a Parent Wants to Relocate Within New Jersey

The general rule is that a parent does not need to obtain approval from the court in order to move to a new city within the state of New Jersey. A possible exception to this would be in a situation where the parent wanted to take the child and move from one end of the state to another, which is a fairly large distance and could impact the child’s relationship with the other parent.

Relocation to Other States

However, in shared custody arrangements, if a parent wants to move out of New Jersey and take the children along, he or she cannot do so unless the other parent consents in writing. In cases where there is no written consent, court involvement will be necessary. The parent seeking to move away must demonstrate to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the time the original custody arrangement was made, and that the best interests of the child would be served by the move, whereby the move would not be inimical to the child’s best interest.

Removal/relocation when there is a shared custody arrangement is often treated as an application for a change in custody. The determining factor is how a child’s time is really divided between the parents. If the child is almost always with one parent, for example, then it is not truly shared custody and the situation will be treated differently by a court.

The law around shared custody and relocation becomes highly complex. Our experienced family law firm will make sure you understand how it applies to your unique situation and will work tirelessly to develop a solution that benefits you and your child.

Contact the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC at (732) 431-9188 to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss how your rights can be optimally protected.

Do you want to lose the shirt off your back?

If the answer is no, then you should contact us immediately either by email or telephone today.

The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC: New Jersey’s Husband’s Rights Attorney serving men in Middlesex County, Ocean County, Mercer County and Monmouth County. Call (732) 431-9188 for more information.

Do you want to lose all of your money in a divorce?

If the answer is no, then you should contact us immediately either by email or telephone today.

The Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC: New Jersey’s Husband’s Rights Attorney serving men in Middlesex County, Ocean County, Mercer County and Monmouth County. Call (732) 431-9188 for more information.


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