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6 Things You Should Know about the New Child Support Law

Governor Christie rung in the New Year by signing a statute that dramatically changes New Jersey’s laws governing child support. Here’s what you should know: As a general rule, child support terminates automatically...more

China's launch of its own digital currency will shake up the payments industry

On 21 January 2016, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued a statement announcing its plan to launch its own digital currency (Statement). ...more

A Stepparent Was Ordered to Pay Child Support in Pennsylvania Custody Order?

Did you know that a stepparent can be ordered to pay child support of his or her stepchildren in Pennsylvania? In a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, just that happened – a stepparent was found to have a duty to support...more

Employing the term "family" in trust instruments and trust-related legislation is asking for trouble

Employing the term “family” in trust instruments and trust-related legislation is asking for trouble. In §8.15.6 of Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2016) the authors explain why the meaning of the term in a given...more

Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law

Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members....more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Denies Father's Petition To Change His Son's Last Name To Match His Own

In a November 2015 binding opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court entered an order denying father's request to change his three year old son's last name to match his own. The Superior Court also denied father's alternative...more

Mediation and Parent Coordination Work

I am a true believer in mediation. It is honest, creative and raw. In mediation the parties are involved in their end result and can do things that a judge may not do. This week I served as a mediator and at the beginning of...more

To Bifurcate, or Not to Bifurcate: That is the Divorce Question

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible. In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the...more

Avoid a soap opera with updated Beneficiary forms

Yes, I will admit it: I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession: Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

Divorce and Lottery Winnings: What Are the Chances?

As people scramble to purchase Powerball tickets for a chance (however small) at the 1.3 billion dollar jackpot, the largest in U.S. history, I couldn’t help but think about the practical considerations that come into play...more

Reconciliation Does Not Void Prior Marital Settlement Agreement

In an August 31, 2015, Non-precedential Opinion, Semulka v. Semulka, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the parties' reconciliation did not void a previously executed divorce settlement agreement. Since the agreement...more

Court Permits Mother To Relocate With The Child More Than Five Hours Away

In September 2015, in a Non-precedential Decision, K.A.N. v. J.A.N., the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a trial court's decision to permit mother's relocation with the child from Pennsylvania to Virginia. The relocation...more

Can You Undo Divorce Decrees Once They’re Final?

Tying the knot...again. Have you ever wondered if a divorce is always final or whether a divorce judgment can be “undone” or “modified?” The short answer: Like everything else, it depends....more

China Adopts Two-Child Policy: Key Implications for Employers

On 27 December 2015, Chinese lawmakers passed the Population and Birth Planning Amendment Law (Amendment). The Amendment, which is effective from 1 January 2016, ended the three-decade-old one-child policy and allowed married...more

What Can Be Learned From Madonna’s Custody Battle

Pop icon Madonna is facing a difficult battle concerning custody of her 15 year-old son, Rocco.  While the divorce agreement she entered into with Guy Ritchie about eight years ago, awarded her custody of Rocco, it appears...more

New Law Resolves Jurisdiction Issues for Conservators

We live in a mobile society, and conservatees are no exception. For example, an elder may have multiple residences, living in an out-of-state vacation home part of the year or moving among family members in various states. Or...more

Paternity and Marital Status

Proud parents, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Lauren Hashian welcomed their first child, a baby girl, whom they named Jasmine, into the world last month. All parties are happy and healthy and Johnson has indicated this is the...more

The challenge of maintaining the privacy of a non-testamentary discretionary trust with multiple permissible beneficiaries

Assume X is an innocent discretionary beneficiary of an irrevocable non-testamentary trust with multiple permissible beneficiaries (the “trust”). Y is a not-so-innocent co-beneficiary, that is to say he has not been paying...more

Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter - Winter 2015

Dear Clients and Colleagues: The holiday season brings thoughts of the New Year, with reflections on recent changes and resolutions for the future. During this season of reflection and planning, consider the effect of...more

The Queen of Pop’s Custody Battle

This Christmas, gifts were the last thing on the mind of America’s material girl, Madonna. Instead, she and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, are entrenched in a custody battle, fighting over where their 15-year-old son Rocco will...more

Can I sell my house while my divorce is pending?  [Video]

Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk attorney Jason Castle talks about whether one can sell their house if their divorce is pending. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com. ...more

IRS Provides Additional Guidance on Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages under Benefit Plans

In IRS Notice 2015-86, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided guidance to sponsors and administrators of employee benefit plans regarding the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to...more

IRS Notice 2015-86 — The Limited Effect of Obergefell

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-86, providing guidance on the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to qualified retirement plans and health and welfare...more

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, – Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2 In B.S. v. T.S., an unpublished Trial Division opinion authored...more

Wills, Estates and Trusts Update: Why the New 2016 Rules for Trusts and Estates in Canada May Surprise You and Why the Department...

January 1, 2016 will bring many significant changes to the taxation of trusts and estates in Canada. These changes were passed into law in December 2014, after being announced as part of the 2014 federal budget. Most people...more

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