Most New Jersey residents would agree that having one’s divorce plastered across news headlines would increase the stress of the situation. However, some people, including those who star on the reality TV series, “Married to Medicine,” seem to be used to having their private lives made public, at least to some extent. Two of the show’s stars, Doctor Greg Lunceford and his wife, Quad, are battling it out in court regarding property distribution issues and other divorce-related matters.

It was the doctor’s wife who first filed for divorce. Not only did he contest it, he has since filed a contempt motion, claiming that his wife violated a standing court order regarding the unauthorized disposition of marital property. The doctor says he discovered his dining room set, bedroom furniture, several television sets and other items missing from his home and later learned that his wife had removed the items without his permission.

Property distribution is fairly straightforward in New Jersey and most other states. When couples divorce, the court typically divides all marital assets and liabilities equitably, which often means equally. If spouses cannot negotiate a fair settlement, litigation may be necessary. Things can get complicated when, as in the Lunceford situation, the parties cannot agree.

It’s always a good idea to rely on experienced legal support when property distribution or other divorce problems arise. A New Jersey spouse can protect his or her rights by allowing an attorney to act on his or her behalf in court. One does not necessarily have to be a celebrity to encounter property, custody or alimony challenges in divorce; the better equipped one is to handle such problems, the sooner a solution can be found.

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