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IF HER BOYFRIEND CAN’T BE AROUND THE KIDS, NEITHER CAN YOUR GIRLFRIEND, “TO BE FAIR”!?!

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Is it a court’s job to be “fair” or to get it right?  If you file a clear enforcement motion, should a court grant part of the other side’s knee jerk, bogus cross motion, just to give everyone a little something?  When deciding a temporary support amount, should the number be the right number, as… Continue Reading

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED? ARBITRATOR’S SUGGESTIONS TO RESOLVE UNRELATED ISSUES LEAD TO ARBITRATION AWARD BEING VACATED

Posted in Mediation/Arbitration, Practice Issues

B.M. – that is before the Minkowitz decision that we previously blogged on (which lead to a second post on arbitration best practices), it was common practice at the start of an arbitration, just like it is common practice before the start of a trial, to take one last crack at trying a case.  Sometimes it even happens… Continue Reading

Read Matt Levitsky’s Post Entitled “Who Gets to Claim the Child if there is 50/50 Custody?”

Posted in Child Support, Tax Exemption

Matt Levitsky, an associate in our Montgomery County, Pennsylvania office wrote a guest blog for our fir’s Pennsylvania Family Law Blog entitled "Who Gets to Claim the child if there is 50/50 Custody?" Matt’s post talks about the four prong test and the fact that at the end of the day, all other things being equal, the… Continue Reading

Child Support and the Hard Life of a Supermodel

Posted in Child Support

Once again, I find myself turning to the New York Post for some of the most interesting family law news.  This week, they got me again when they wrote about supermodel, Linda Evangelista’s request for $46,000 per month in child support for the son that she had with Francois-Henri Pinault (CEO of the conglomerate that owns Gucci, Yves… 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

In Business Valuation, Are Hypothetical Costs of Sale Considered to Reduce Value? Court in NJ vs. PA Disagree

Posted in Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

While there are many similarities between the states when it comes to family law, there are also many differences.  That fact was recently highlighted in the context of business valuation, specifically, what things should be considered to arrive at a value for equitable distribution, in a post recently seen on our firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law… Continue Reading

When True Shared Parenting Isn’t 50-50 for Relocation Analysis

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

We have blogged about the issue of relocation (removal) with children after a divorce and the standards that a court must follow.  To see our prior posts, click here, here and here.  The considerations are different if the parties have a truly shared parenting plan or if the non-custodial parent has something less than 50-50.  In… Continue Reading

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT MY CASE IS DISMISSED BECAUSE I WANT TO GET MY OWN EXPERT?

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues

In an interesting unreported (non-precedential) decision released on October 13, 2010, the Appellate Division held that it was error to dismiss a case simply because a litigant was not ready to proceed on the date of a final hearing because they sought their own expert in a custody matter.  In McCain v. Schultz the court, which… Continue Reading

Will the Palimony Statute Be Applied Retroactively – The Appellate Division May Soon Tell Us

Posted in Palimony

In January 2010, on his way out of office, Governor Corzine signed a bill requiring palimony agreements to be in writing.  We previously blogged on the enactment of that law.  The question that arose is whether the bill was prospective in nature or whether it applied retroactively.  At a seminar I attended in May, I heard a… Continue Reading

Appellate Division Reverses Award, Without a Plenary Hearing, of Joint Legal Custody, to Someone Guilty of Domestic Violence

Posted in Custody, Domestic Violence

On June 28, 2010, the Appellate Division released the unreported (non-precedential) opinion in the case of "O.R. v. H.S."  In this case, the Appellate Division reversed the trial court’s Order, rendered without a plenary hearing and where there were disputed facts, granting the defendant joint legal custody.  In this case, the parties were never married. While the… Continue Reading

READ THE POST ENTITLED “PARENTAL ALIENATION: PROGRAMS SEEK SOLUTIONS TO PARENT/CHILD DISCORD” FROM OUR PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY LAW BLOG

Posted in Custody

Aaron Weems, an associate in our Bucks County office and editor Fox Rothschild’s Pennsylvania Family Law Blog wrote an interesting entry entitled "Parental Alienation:  Programs Seek Solutions to Parent/Child Discord."  The post discusses two programs that deal with parental alienation.  One is Overcoming Barriers Family Camp in Natick, Massachusetts,  The other is the Rachel Foundation for Family Reintegration located in Kerrville, Texas…. Continue Reading

ON TIGER, “INDISCRETIONS”, “INFIDELITIES” AND SO ON – ALL OF THE GOSSIP GIVES RISE TO A GREAT LAW SCHOOL EXAM QUESTION

Posted in Alimony, Custody, Divorce, Practice Issues

I have blogged several times about the celebrity divorces that have been in the news, from John & Kate, to Christie Brinkley, to Stephanie Seymour, to Jim Nantz, to the McCourts who own the LA Dodgers and others. Every day for the last few weeks, Tiger Woods has been front page news regarding what he first called "indiscretions"… Continue Reading

SHOULD YOU MAKE A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION?

Posted in Practice Issues

In New Jersey, in a family court matter, if a party’s position is unreasonable or taken in bad faith, the other party can seek reimbursement of attorney’s fees. This was the case in the recent unpublished decision of Ramirez v. Ramirez, New Jersey App. Div., Docket No. A-2035-08T32035-08T3, November 24, 2009.   In Ramirez, the parties were… Continue Reading