Joseph Pandolfi

Retired Judge

Joe attended Fordham University, and graduated with a B.A. in political science. He then attended Fordham University School of Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree.

Joe was a practicing attorney for 35 years, handling matters in various areas of the law, with an emphasis on family law and litigation. Among other professional accomplishments, he successfully argued a landmark family law case before the New Jersey Supreme Court. During the period of his private practice, he also served as a municipal court judge for 10 years.

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Articles By Joseph Pandolfi

How to Split Retirement Accounts in Divorce
Besides a home, retirement accounts are many couples' most valuable assets. But dividing retirement accounts in a divorce can be complicated—and doing it the wrong way can turn into a financial nightmare.
Online Divorce: How Much Does It Cost and How Long Does It Take?
If the potential cost of getting divorced is keeping you up at night, you may be losing sleep unnecessarily. There are cost-effective methods available—but it all depends on your circumstances.
What Is a Marital Settlement Agreement?
Your marriage is ending and, fortunately, you and your spouse have agreed on all the issues involved in getting divorced. But is an oral agreement enough to protect you in the future?
Separate and Marital Property: Who Owns What?
If you’re getting divorced, you might assume that all property in your name is yours to keep. Actually, it’s not always that simple.
Establishing and Calculating Child Support
Learn the rules on child support, including who has to pay it, how the amount is determined, and when a support order can be changed.
What You Need to Know Before Getting a Divorce
Find out what you need to know to get a divorce, including how divorce works, requirements for getting a divorce, and alternatives to battling it out in court.
What Is a Divorce Decree?
A divorce decree is a court order that officially finalizes your divorce. Here’s why you want to have a copy of your divorce decree on hand.
Can You Get Child Custody If You Have a Criminal Record?
Custody disputes are often emotionally taxing and stressful. When one parent has a felony conviction, it may raise additional concern and complexity. Continue reading to learn more about how a felony conviction might affect a custody plan.
Child Support Payment FAQ
Child support can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce or custody case. So you should familiarize yourself with commonly asked questions about this topic.
Which States Recognize Common Law Marriage?
There are many factors a court must consider before it can declare that a couple has entered into a common law marriage. Continue reading to learn more about common law marriages and which states recognize them.