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The Doctrine of Fugitive Disentitlement and Its Impact on Child Custody Matters

Posted in Custody, Palimony

The doctrine of fugitive disentitlement bars a fugitive from seeking relief in the judicial system whose authority he or she evades, i.e. one cannot flee the country and evade a court order and simultaneously seek the court’s protection. Justice Virginia Long (now retired from the Supreme Court and Counsel at this firm) set forth the standards… Continue Reading

PALIMONY REVIVED – NOT SO FAST – PART 2

Posted in Palimony

Regular readers of this blog know that we were involved in the landmark palimony case, Maeker v. Ross, which was recently decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court.  We previously blogged about our win in the Appellate Division. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court reversed, holding that the Legislature could not have intended for the statute to apply… Continue Reading

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EVER-CHANGING NJ LAW ON PALIMONY

Posted in Palimony

For those of you have have followed the continuum in New Jersey’s palimony law, October has proven to be a busy month, with not one but two opinions. Nearly one year ago, the NJ legislature passed law that, in sum, prohibited the enforcement of palimony agreements that have not been put in writing.  When the new… 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

Palimony Agreements Must be in Writing and Signed

Posted in Palimony

In October of 2008, Jennifer W. Milner blogged on palimony and pending legislation (S-2091), which, if enacted, would overturn the palimony decisions she discussed by requiring that any such contract to support one for life must be in writing and signed by the person making the promise. More specifically, that a promise by one party to… Continue Reading

CAN AN ATTORNEY'S ETHICAL VIOLATION BE A CLIENT'S PROBLEM AS WELL?

Posted in Palimony, Practice Issues

Most people have heard or had experience with an attorney who’s behaviors were, one could say, questionable.  What most have not considered is what implications an attorney’s unethical or questionable behaviors could have on them. The New Jersey Supreme Court has provided some guidance on this very topic in the recent decision of Brundage v.… Continue Reading