We live in a very transient society; particularly New Jersey. There is greater outbound traffic from New Jersey than any other State. The reasons for these moves may vary, butContinue Reading Temporary Absences & Custody Determinations under the New Jersey UCCJEA
The proliferation of genetic testing, where you buy a kit and then send away saliva or scrapings from your cheek, to get your genetic history has certainly lead to many…Continue Reading 23 and Not Me
Given the transient tendencies of today’s society, jurisdictional issues arise quite frequently in divorces, custody matters and requests for financial support. Some examples include, but are not limited to, when…
Continue Reading Jurisdictional Concerns & Paternity Actions
One thing this pandemic has taught me about my fellow lawyers: we are adaptable.
Just take the lawyer trapped in a cat filter as an example. Despite his adorable faux…
Continue Reading I’m Not a Cat, But Can I Get Divorced Over Zoom Anyway?
Today was a good day. For me and for my client. It fills me with hope that tomorrow will also be a good day. Why you ask? After 36 years…
Continue Reading Adult Child Actions to Establish Paternity – Knowing Who You Are
A recent decision handed down by the Appellate Division in an estate litigation matter serves as a reminder of the all-too-frequent intersection of family law and trusts and estates law.
Continue Reading Equitable Adoption and Intestacy: How Paternity Issues Can Complicate Your Legacy
Last year I blogged on tri-parenting, or the concept whereby three parents agree to raise a child or children together as a family, with regard to the published New Jersey…
Continue Reading The Expansion of Tri-Parenting
In the recently published 67-page trial court decision of D.G. and S.H. v. K.S., the trial court dealt with the novel issue of custody and parenting time in a…
Continue Reading A Tri-Parenting Conundrum and the Evolution of Custody and Parenting Time
In a recent case, Passaic County Board of Social Services on Behalf of T.M. v. A.S., the New Jersey Family Court encountered a unique set of facts. A mother…
Continue Reading Who’s Your Daddy?
In the unpublished (non-precedential) trial court case of Rendon v. Ale, the Court determined that a biological father, who while married to another woman, donated sperm in order for another woman to be artificially inseminated was not insulated under the protections of the Artificial Insemination Statute.
In Rendon, the parties, who were initially both married to other people, started a romantic relationship. After many years of their on again, off again affair, and notwithstanding that Defendant was still married, Defendant agreed to donate his sperm to Plaintiff for the purposes of artificial insemination. Five days after his first sperm sample was taken, Plaintiff executed and had notarized a “Resignation Letter of Obligations” which stated:
To whom it may concern: This letter confirms the renunciation of all
kinds of paternal obligations that can have Carlos Ale identified with
Social Security # ***-**-3381 with my son or daughter since his (her)
procreation to his (her) adulthood. This includes maintenance, healthcare,
child support or any other responsibility as a father.
Very truly yours, /s Alba Rendon.Continue Reading Sperm Donation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving?