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Protecting Your Parental Rights—What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Gestational Surrogacy Law

For couples who can’t conceive and in cases where in-vitro fertilization is not a viable alternative, surrogacy has become a popular method for couples to have a child. An even more attractive option for parents, ‘gestational...more

NJ Assembly Passes Crime-Fraud Exception to Spousal Privilege

On December 15, 2014, the NJ Assembly passed legislation that would create a crime-fraud exception to the spousal privilege. The measure, A-3636, was a response to the decision in State v. Terry. In the case, a married couple...more

Divorced Parents Ordered to Pay Daughter’s College Tuition

Some have remarked that New Jersey’s law goes further than any other state in requiring divorced parents to contribute towards their children’s college education, and here is why. Early in 2014, Caitlyn Ricci, 21 years old,...more

1/5/2015  /  Divorce , Students , Tuition

Judge’s Custody Decision Set Aside for Failure to Follow Court Rules and Procedures

A custody dispute was decided by a judge without a full plenary hearing. No testimony or cross-examination of the parties or other witnesses was conducted. The judge’s decision in D.A. v. R.C. to keep the status quo custody...more

12/31/2014  /  Child Custody

Can Attorneys be Held Liable for Damages to the Adverse Client?

On October 9, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich. The case deals with the interesting question of whether attorneys can be held liable for damages to...more

12/29/2014  /  Damages , Divorce , Professional Liability

Will an Alimony Award Terminate if the Recipient Cohabitates?

On September 22, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court declared to hear the case of Quinn v. Quinn. In the case, the couple was married for twenty-three years until they divorced in 2006. The Husband agreed to pay the Wife...more

10/13/2014  /  Alimony , Divorce

What Are the Rights of an Unwed Father?

We often discuss issues of custody in terms of a divorcing couple but what about couples that are not married and expecting a child when trouble arises in their relationship? In Plotnick v. DeLuccia, the couple dated and...more

9/22/2014  /  Child Custody , Parental Rights

Social Media Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements

In earlier blog posts, we discussed how social media can often be used against a party in a divorce action. Social media posts have the potential to be used as evidence in domestic violence matters, in custody matters, in...more

Does Body Language Make a Difference in Court Proceedings?

In assessing credibility, lawyers and judges often comment about the demeanor of a client, which includes a client’s body language. If Client A remains calm, maintains eye contact, and listens attentively before a judge or a...more

6/10/2014  /  Litigation Strategies

Don’t Let Social Media Sabotage your Divorce or Family Law Case

As we have warned our readers in the past, it is important to be vary of what you post on social media accounts. However, people often assume that this warning only applies to people that make their social media profiles...more

7/23/2013  /  Divorce , Facebook , Passwords , Social Media , Twitter

More Fathers Getting Custody of Children

According to a study based on 2011 census data released by the Pew Institute, single fathers now account for at least one quarter of single parent households. In fact, the study estimates that in 2011, the number of single...more

7/11/2013  /  Child Custody

School’s Out! (And Not Just For Summer)

As we’ve mentioned before, college costs are on the rise. In the 2002 cult classic Van Wilder, the protagonist is devastated when he learns that his parents refuse to bankroll his undergraduate experience beyond seven years...more

Minimizing the Financial and Emotional Pain of Divorce

A divorce proceeding can be emotionally and financially draining to both parties. The key to minimizing the pain of divorce is to keep the emotional components in check and to focus on the financial aspects of the case by...more

3/25/2013  /  Dispute Resolution , Divorce , Mediation

Superstorm Sandy and Divorce

Hurricane Sandy has left a wake of untold emotional and financial damage to individuals, families, and businesses. Due to the trauma associated with Sandy, marriages that were fragile and tottering on failure may no longer be...more

Can a Sperm Donor be Liable for Paternity and Child Support?

Sperm donors in several states have recently learned that they should have been more diligent in understanding the applicable law governing their protection against future actions for paternity and child support. In New...more

2/20/2013  /  Child Support , Paternity , Sperm Donors
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