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Tag Archives: Montclair Divorce Attorneys


Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said when discussing his threshhold for determining obscenity/pornography, “I know it when I see it, ” that is how I feel about emails regarding routine or what should be routine parenting issues that have been drafted not by one party, but by their lawyer.  The pretextual  blathering or legalese that… Continue Reading


Posted in Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

We deal with a fair number of cases where a spouse’s interest in a business has to be valued for equitable distribution purposes.   While there are many objective parts of a business valuation report, reasonable (a/k/a replacement) compensation is subjective.   That is why this is one of the first things I look at when partisan… Continue Reading


Posted in Mediation/Arbitration

As noted in yesterday’s post on  Minkowitz v. Israeli, the Appellate Division held that once you serve as a mediator, cannot then serve as an arbitrator, absent prior written consent to the dual role.  But the decision written by Judge Lihotz did more than that.  She seemingly opined upon what should be the “best practices” for binding… Continue Reading

More Considerations Regarding Life Insurance as Part of a Settlement

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements

Last week, Jennifer Millner authorized a post  entitled “Don’t Forget to Check your Life Insurance!” on this blog.  Two weeks ago, I posted a blog about the seminar that I recently participated in regarding the top “financial mistakes”, focusing on possible overlooked considerations regarding the marital home.  At that seminar, I raised some additional points regarding life insurance that… Continue Reading

Is Alimony Reform On Its Way in New Jersey

Posted in Alimony

There has been an alimony reform movement that has been gaining traction throughout the country.  Some of the major concerns appear to be this issue of permanent alimony and the lack of uniformity in alimony awards, both in amount and duration, from case to case.  In the recent past, alimony laws have been reformed in… Continue Reading

Alimony – Back to Basics

Posted in Alimony, Practice Issues

We have done dozens of posts on this blog about alimony over the last 5 years.  Recent experiences have convinced me that it is time to get basics. Despite all of the cases that say that you can’t use a formula (the rule of thumb we have discussed previously on this blog), more and more,… Continue Reading


Posted in Custody

Early in case where children are involved, we discuss the different types of custody.  There is residential custody – i.e. who the children live with and the resulting parenting time for the other parent. Then there is legal custody which is decision making regarding issues of the health, education, religion and general welfare of the… Continue Reading

Parental Alienation Syndrome Will Not Be Included In the DSM 5

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Back in 2009, we blogged about the possible inclusion of Parental Alienation Syndrome in the long awaited next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  In that post, I discussed a US News and World Report article that addressed a movement afoot to add "parental alienation" to the next addition of the DSM (ie. Diagnostic… Continue Reading

Another Reason to Settle – Parties can agree to things that Judge’s can’t mandate – like automatic reductions and formulas for alimony

Posted in Alimony, Modification, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements

When settling a case, the parties and their lawyers can be far more creative in settlement then a judge can be if the case is tried.  While family judges have wide discretion in their decision making, creativity is crafting the most beneficial result for both parties is rarely something they can do.  In fact, in… Continue Reading

How to Not Settle Your Case

Posted in Practice Issues

Having just experienced several months of "interesting", to say the least, negotiations on several matters, it got me thinking about creating a list of things to do if you really don’t want to settle your case.  Hey, every body is entitled to their day in court if they want it. So what if there is… Continue Reading

Everything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law – Especially if you said something different in another court

Posted in Practice Issues

We have all seen and heard those familiar words in the title of this entry in moves or on TV.  This is part of the "Miranda" warning administered by a police officer when they are arresting someone.  Do these words also have a place in divorce court?  Not in the same way, but in reality they… Continue Reading

Read Melissa Brown’s Interesting Article Entitled “Jurists & Lawyers Ignorant of Social Media Can Unintentionally Harm Litigant’s and Clients”

Posted in Practice Issues

Melissa Brown, an attorney in Charleston, South Carolina, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and one of the preeminent family lawyers in South Carolina.  I had the occasion, last week, to read her excellent article on her blog entitled "Jurists & Lawyers Ignorant of Social Media Can Unintentionally Harm Litigant’s and Clients."  I thought that… Continue Reading

The Anti-Climactic End of the Tannen Saga – The Supreme Court Weighs In, Sort Of

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues

A little more than a year ago, we blogged on the reported Appellate Division Case, Tannen v. Tannen, which addressed the issue of trusts in the context of family law cases.  Relatedly, we blogged on the impact of income from a discretionary trust and whether it reduced a party’s need. In Tannen, the trial court,… Continue Reading

Trial Judge Says You Didn’t Commit Domestic Violence But Get Out – Appellate Division Says Not So Fast

Posted in Domestic Violence

The usual result after a domestic violence trial where the parties had been living together at the time of the entry of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is that a Final Restraining Order (FRO) will be entered and the defendant kept out of the home, or the TRO will be dismissed and the defendant would be free… Continue Reading

If You Think that Your Job Related Life Insurance Is Enough, Think Again

Posted in Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements

It is typical for divorce agreements to contain a provision requiring an alimony payor to maintain life insurance to secure his alimony obligation and one, if not both parents to maintain life insurance to secure their obligations to their children.  In fact, Jennifer Millner, a contributor this this blog, and a partner in our Princeton… Continue Reading