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Tag Archives: Mountain Lakes Divorce Attorney

Free Divorce Seminars and Other Gimmicks?

Posted in Practice Issues

Someone recently showed me a bar coaster that was being used advertising for a divorce lawyer.  While amusing, maybe, are gimmicks, as opposed to something that suggests knowledge, expertise and/or experience, how you really want to find the lawyer that will be shepherding you through a very difficult time?  Similarly, when you see an ad where… Continue Reading

QUESTIONS OF PATERNITY

Posted in Child Support, Paternity

We’ve all read the salacious gossip at the local food store news stand when popular celebrities bear children out of wedlock or famous couples battle it out in a nasty divorce and heartless allegations fly.  Even in those widely publicized cases, it can be an uncomfortable and awkward situation for any parent to question the… Continue Reading

FREE DIVORCE SEMINARS????

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Custody, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

Driving around town this weekend, I saw many lawn signs, like those you would see for a political candidate, advertising a "Free Divorce Seminar." The old adage, "you get what you paid for" comes to mind.  While I am aware of the phenomena of these "seminars" over the last several years, putting aside potential conflict of… Continue Reading

THE BUSY SEASON

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues

Summer is over.  Kids are either back to school by now or will start by Tuesday.  The regular routine for most families will soon be back in full swing. Another phenomena occurs this time of year.  A surge of people call for divorce consultations.  At first I thought it odd or coincidental.  Over the last… Continue Reading

APPELLATE DIVISION AFFIRMS ALIMONY RETROACTIVE TO FILING OF THE DIVORCE COMPLAINT EVEN WHERE THERE WAS NO PENDENTE LITE SUPPORT MOTION FILED DURING PENDENCY OF THE CASE

Posted in Alimony

i have heard on a number of occasions lawyers and judges saying that they cannot, at trial, award retroactive support for the pendency of case if no interim (called pendente lite in New Jersey) support motion was made seeking support. In the unreported case of Bright v. Bright decided July 9, 2009, the Appellate Division firmly holds to… Continue Reading

RETROACTIVE MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT ALLOWED IN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES

Posted in Child Support, Modification

An opinion issued by Judge McGann in Monmouth County in December 2008 was released for publication in June 8, 2009.   In the case of Centanni v. Centanni, the Court held again that child support could be modified retroactively in limited circumstances. In this tragic case, one of the parties’ children died in a car accident in… Continue Reading

READ DAVID RASNER’S EXCELLENT POST ENTITLED PRE-DIVORCE PLANNING

Posted in Practice Issues

David Rasner a partner in our Philadelphia office and Co-Chair of the firm;s Family Law practice group, wrote an excellent post entitled "Pre-Divorce Planning" on the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law blog. The post addresses selecting a lawyer, gathering documents, understanding your finances, determining your goals and priorities, compiling a list of questions to ask at the… Continue Reading

SUPPORT MODIFICATION – ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER DECISION

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Modification

On February 13, 2009, the Appellate Division issued an interesting unreported decision in the case of Chopoorian v. Chopoorian dealing with a topic that we have blogged about frequently as of late – modification of support obligations. To review the full text of the opinion, click here. The parties were divorced in 2005.  During the… Continue Reading

SHE SNOOZED, SHE LOST

Posted in Alimony, Child Support

Usually, the "you snooze, you lose" defense is not often a successful legal tactic.  However, in the recent unreported Appellate Division decision in Adler v. Adler the former wife’s application seeking unpaid child support, alimony and other obligations brought some 30 years later was denied essentially because she waited to long to collect.  To read… Continue Reading

READ MARK ASHTON’S INTERESTING POST ENTITLED “PROPERTY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SIGN UP FOR”

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Practice Issues

Mark Ashton, a partner in our Exton (Chester County), Pennsylvania office and the editor of our Pennsylvania Family Law Blog, wrote an interesting post entitled "Property Settlement Agreements: Be Careful What You Sign Up For", on that blog.  To read the full post, click here. The post discusses how the Bankruptcy laws impact on divorce matters.  The… Continue Reading

SETTLEMENT – WHO MAKES THE DECISION?

Posted in Practice Issues

I was supposed to start a trial yesterday,but, as often happens, with the judge’s assistance, settlement negotiations began.  In fact, in reality, the case probably settled about 3 times yesterday.  However, each time we tried to wrap it up, the wife changed the terms, seeking more and more.  My client, who believed that that he… Continue Reading

ANOTHER CELEBRITY DIVORCE – WONDER IF THERE WAS A PRENUP?

Posted in Practice Issues, Prenuptial Agreements

The big news this morning was Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s $92 million divorce settlement.  With such a large payout, it makes you wonder whether there was a prenuptial agreement in place (if you type that question into Google, you get differing responses), and if there was, if it was disregarded throughout the marriage.  In any… Continue Reading