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NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW PODCAST SERIES PRESENTS: THE IMPACT OF “GREY DIVORCE” ON RETIREMENT PLANNING

Posted in Divorce, Practice Issues

In the second installment of our New Jersey Family Law Podcast Series, we are proud to present - Impact of Grey Divorce on Retirement Planning.  Based on one of our earlier blog posts, Robert Epstein and I highlight the practical implications associated with the recent uptick in divorce among the “Baby Boomer” generation – those over the age of… Continue Reading

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT? A FAMILY COURT’S ROLE IN RESOLVING RELIGIOUS DISPUTES BETWEEN PARENTS

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues

Americans are almost obsessed with the ideal that government should be entirely separated from any religion. Indeed, the term “separation of church and state”—a quote from Thomas Jefferson—is the most common label for the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. But how does this bedrock principle play out when a… Continue Reading

SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DIVORCE: PRIDE; THE NARCISSISTIC DIVORCE

Posted in Custody, Divorce, Visitation/Parenting Time

Sometimes I feel like a doctor.  A patient comes in, describes symptoms to me, and I prescribe a course of treatment. Some ailments are more complicated than others.  An amicable divorce, for example, could be analogized to a common cold.  A moderately contested divorce with relatively few issues to the flu, perhaps. But then there… Continue Reading

MANDATORY PARENT EDUCATION COURSES: MANDATORY FOR A REASON?

Posted in Child Support, Custody, Divorce

Of all the things to complain about during a divorce – the unnecessary contention, the frequent court appearances or the endless road of discovery – the one complaint I hear most frequesntly  is about New Jersey’s mandatory Parent Education Program. Yes, you read correctly.  It is the Parent Education Program – a compulsory seminar for… Continue Reading

IF YOU THINK A PARENTING COORDINATOR SOUNDS LIKE JUST THE SOLUTION TO ASSIST PARENTS WHO HAVE A FINAL RESTRAINING ORDER – THINK AGAIN

Posted in Divorce, Domestic Violence, Interspousal Agreements, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

In the unpublished (non-precedential) recent case of N.G. v. N.B.G., the Appellate Court declined to enforce a provision in the parties’ Marital Settlement Agreement that permitted the parties to retain a Parenting Coordinator to resolve co-parenting issues, due to the existence of a Final Restraining Order  (I note that the FRO was in existence at… Continue Reading

SPELL OUT YOUR INTENTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DIVORCE AGREEMENT

Posted in Custody, Divorce, Interspousal Agreements, Modification, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements, Visitation/Parenting Time

Although none of us can see the future (not yet anyway), when drafting a divorce agreement it is absolutely imperative to include as many potential future scenarios that you foresee to occur.  Equally, if not more important, is to actually spell out exactly what your intentions and expectations are and provide examples if necessary.  More often than… Continue Reading

Should I tell the kids?

Posted in Custody, Divorce

Your spouse cheated.  Or perhaps he or she walked out, ruining the life you had worked so hard to have for your family.  Now the whole Earth is tilted on its axis and the future holds uncertainty, a lifestyle far different from that which you have had for years, and being yet another "broken family." … Continue Reading

The December Dilema- Divorce Style

Posted in Custody

With the holiday season upon us, this is the time of year when matrimonial lawyers face all kinds of questions from our clients. Special situation arise which were unanticipated at the time of the break up arise, parenting time changes, as well as arguments about which parent gets to purchase certain presents for the children.  New relationships… Continue Reading

Taxes and the Child Support Guidelines

Posted in Child Support

Beware the tax calculations in the child support guidelines’ automatic calculator.  You  be getting  less support that you should be.  At a time when the NJ Child Support guidelines are notoriously low, it is important to make sure that an obligor’s  net income is appropriately calculated in order to asses whether the correct amount of… Continue Reading

Second Families bring financial changes

Posted in Practice Issues

We have in the past blogged on cases which have been decided involving applications for a modification of support obligations based upon economic changes in circumstances. While the vast majority of these have been related to decreases in income due to the current economic times, there are other reasons why a request for a change might… Continue Reading

Changed Circumstances Is A Two Way Street, the Appellate Division Says

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Divorce, Interspousal Agreements, Modification, Practice Issues, Property Settlement Agreements

It is well-settled law in New Jersey that child support and alimony awards are always modifiable. While there is an abundance of case law in the area of post-judgment modifications of support obligations, particularly in this economic climate, the most often cited case for modification is the seminal New Jersey case of Lepis v. Lepis,… Continue Reading

THE TREATMENT OF MILITARY PENSIONS IN NEW JERSEY: THE APPELLATE DIVISION SPEAKS, IS THE COVERTURE FRACTION STILL VIABLE?

Posted in Equitable Distribution, Interspousal Agreements, Property Settlement Agreements

This blog post is written with input from Eliana T. Baer, who, along with Robert A. Epstein, was instrumental to the outcome of the below case. I thank them both for their extensive time and efforts, without which this result would not have been possible. An important reported decision was decided by the Appellate Division… Continue Reading

Making sure Child Support covers actual Needs

Posted in Child Support

 Are your expenditures for your children “average?” Be careful to make sure that all of your children’s expenses are included in child support. Most parents going through the divorce process are aware that New Jersey has guidelines to assist courts in determining support for children. But many do not know what exactly the guidelines are supposed to cover… Continue Reading

Stay at home Parents and the Alimony Matrix

Posted in Alimony

In the last several years, I have noticed a shift in the attitudes of judges and lawyers towards women who have spent a long term marriage working within the home raising a family. In New Jersey, there are thirteen factors which are considered when determining alimony, but our case law provides that two of the more important are… Continue Reading