Test Your Divorce Law IQ


Have you ever heard the saying, “an educated consumer is our best customer?” That adage definitely applies to people who may be getting divorced. Below is a list of basic family law issues you may come across in your case. Take the true or false quiz and see you how you do. The answers are at the end.

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  1. If a couple gets divorced and has children, the mother always gets custody
  2. Child support is always payable to the mother of the children
  3. Child support belongs to the parent receiving the support
  4. Child support stops when the child turns 18
  5. You do not have to provide health insurance for your child when the child turns 18
  6. Alimony is paid by the husband to the wife in all divorce cases
  7. Alimony is always paid by one party to another in a divorce case
  8. If alimony has to be paid, it keeps going until the person paying it dies
  9. If you get divorced, you have to split up all of your assets
  10. If you get divorced, you never get to keep your pension
  11. In a divorce, a judge can make one person buy the house from the other person
  12. In a divorce, a judge can make the parties sell their house
  13. A judge can make a mother pay the father’s legal bills
  14. If you have an affair, a judge will penalize you by ordering you to pay your spouse
  15. Adultery can only be committed with someone from the opposite sex
  16. In order to get a divorce, the other person has to show that you did something wrong
  17. If you make more of the money than your spouse during the marriage, you will get to keep more of the marital property if you get divorced


  1. False
  2. False
  3. False
  4. False
  5. True (But your PSA usually provides that you will have to continue to provide health insurance to your unemancipated children)
  6. False
  7. False
  8. False
  9. False
  10. False
  11. False
  12. True
  13. True
  14. False
  15. False (S.B. v. S.J.B, 258 N.J. Super. 151)
  16. False
  17. False


How did you do? Some of these questions are tricky. A change in one word in most of the above questions could result in a different answer. As I said, an educated consumer is our best client. So do a lot of reading and ask a lot of questions. But remember, almost every case has unexpected complications. Even if you answered all of the questions correctly, please do not try to represent yourself in court. You need a competent attorney on your side. Each case presents with a unique set of facts, and there is definitely not a “one size fits all” answer to any question. Please feel free to call us. We will be pleased to speak to you about your case.