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DIVORCE RESOURCE: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF EXPERTS

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, Counsel Fee Awards, Custody, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Estate and Trust Issues, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements, Resources, Visitation/Parenting Time

Last week, I blogged about the Information Asymmetry and how important it is for you to educate yourself going in to the divorce process so that you can meaningfully assist your attorney with your case.  But what about your attorney? And what about your Judge?  Isn’t it important for them to also be as informed… Continue Reading

THE INFORMATION ASYMMETRY AND THE DIVORCE PROCESS: AN UNLIKELY PAIR

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, Counsel Fee Awards, Custody, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Estate and Trust Issues, Interspousal Agreements, Mediation/Arbitration, Modification, Practice Issues, Prenuptial Agreements, Property Settlement Agreements, Tax Exemption, Visitation/Parenting Time

What do divorce and economics have in common?  Well, a lot. But today I am focusing on the unlikely link between the theory of information asymmetry – which deals with the study of decisions in transactions where one party has more or better information than the other – and the New Jersey Divorce App.  … Continue Reading

ASSET IDENTIFIER: THERE’S A (NEW JERSEY DIVORCE) APP FOR THAT

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, College, Counsel Fee Awards, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Interspousal Agreements, Practice Issues

Today, I am highlighting another feature of our New Jersey Divorce App, the Asset Identifier.  While the “Finance Tracker” gives you the ability to input your more commonly identifiable assets such as your house, car, boat, bank accounts, the Asset Identifier does something a little bit different. It is important when considering what each party… Continue Reading

TERMINATING ALIMONY FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENT – EASY, RIGHT? WRONG.

Posted in Alimony, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, Counsel Fee Awards, Divorce, Interspousal Agreements, Modification, Other, Property Settlement Agreements

Recently I lost a dear client and friend, Bill*, after his long battle with brain cancer.  Bill was a man with a kind-hearted spirit and a gentle disposition – one of those “really nice guys” that you just wanted to bend over backwards to help. While Bill was fortunate enough to spend his last days… Continue Reading

Tracking Finances: There’s a (New Jersey Divorce) App For That.

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, Cohabitants' Rights, College, Counsel Fee Awards, Custody, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Estate and Trust Issues, Interspousal Agreements, Mediation/Arbitration, Modification, Other, Practice Issues, Prenuptial Agreements, Privacy and Confidentiality, Property Settlement Agreements, Resources, Tax Exemption, Uncategorized

Oftentimes I hear from clients that gathering their financial information is the most daunting task they will face during the divorce process. They picture being buried in an avalanche of documents, account numbers and canceled checks. The New Jersey Divorce App’s Finance Tracker can help.  In fact, I have recommended it to my clients before,… Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey with LXBN TV

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Following up on our recent commentary on New Jersey moving to the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage, I recently spoke with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the issue. In the brief interview, I explain the initial ruling that got us to this point and what’s happened since then. After this interview,  which took place yesterday,… Continue Reading

LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES WILL BE TREATED AS MARRIED COUPLES FOR FEDERAL TAX PURPOSES

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

On the immediate heels of the United States Supreme Court decision earlier this summer overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, and in an effort to create a degree of tax certainty following such ruling, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service announced that all legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married couples for federal… Continue Reading

THE EXTRA COST OF SAME SEX DIVORCES?

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

It cannot be denied that the dissolution of formalized same-sex relationships is new territory for legislators, courts, attorneys and, most importantly, litigants.  With the laws rapidly changing, many attorneys and courts are “learning as they go”, almost counting on each other to advise what the relevant law and procedure is in a given situation.  For… Continue Reading

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional – Same Sex Couples Can Now Apply for Immigration Benefits

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

This guest post is authored by Alka Bahal.  Alka is a Partner and Co-Chair of Fox’s Corporate Immigration Practice and contributes to Fox’s Immigration View blog.  She can be reached at abahal@foxrothschild.com or 973.994.7800. As you have probably already heard, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional, which means that same-sex… Continue Reading

HISTORY IS MADE – DOMA STRUCK DOWN AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard that yesterday, the last day of the term, the United States Supreme Court released two history-making decisions related to the rights of same sex couples to marry.  United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth et al. v. Perry et. al. have changed the lives of many citizens of our country.  The… Continue Reading

NJ Judge Allows Law Suit Seeking Marriage Instead of Civil Unions to Go Forward

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

As reported in the Star Ledger and other news sources, on Friday, November 4, 2011,  Judge Linda Feinberg said same-sex couples don’t have a fundamental right to marry, but they should have a chance to prove New Jersey’s civil union law does not give them benefits equal to heterosexual married couples.  This decision was made… Continue Reading

Same Sex Couples in NJ to File Lawsuit Seeking Civil Unions to be Recognized as Marriages

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

On the heels of the new NY law permitting same-sex marriages, the issue has been constantly in the news of late (and the subject of our prior posts on the new law and on Governor Christie’s reaction to it).  In today’s Star Ledger , Matt Friedman reported on yet another issue, specifically, that same sex couples in… Continue Reading

Though NY Will Have Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Christie Says NJ Will Not

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

As we blogged yesterday, NY passed a law allowing same-sex marriage and divorce.  While I am sure that many were hopeful in NJ, Governor Christie swiftly dashed those hopes on Meet the Press today. In an AP story, found in the NY Post, Governor Christie said that he would not sign a bill allowing gay marriage.  This… Continue Reading

New York State Passes Bill Approving Same Sex Marriage

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

On June 24, 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill approving same sex-marriage.  The law goes in to effect in 30 days though religious institutions and nonprofit groups with religious affiliations will not be compelled to officiate these marriages. The legislation also gives same-sex couples the right to divorce.  As we have… Continue Reading

Read Leslie Spoltore’s Post on Delware’s New Civil Union Bill

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Leslie Spoltore, a partner in our Wilmington, Delaware office, wrote a post on the Delaware Trial Practice Blog entitled "Civil Union Bill Provides For Divorce/Annulment In the Delaware Family Court." The bill, which becomes effective on January 1, 2012, the right of a same-sex couple to both form a union, as well as the couple’s right… Continue Reading

CALIFORNIA’S “PROP 8″ STRUCK DOWN BY FEDERAL COURT

Posted in Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

In what could be the precursor to a long-awaited battle before the United States Supreme Court, a federal court in California today struck down as unconstitutional the controversial, voter-approved "Proposition 8" law banning same sex marriage.  Analysts of the 136-page opinion have suggested that it is so carefully and thoughtfully drafted that the Highest Court in the Land… Continue Reading