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New Jersey Supreme Court Broadly Defines “Marital Status” Discrimination

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently interpreted the state’s antidiscrimination law in an expansive manner, concluding that a broad spectrum of individuals can file suit and claim that their employers unfairly discriminated...more

Potential Changes to Interstate Custody Dispute Law in Massachusetts

After a three month maternity leave, and a few months adjusting to being a full-time working mom, I’m excited to be back to contributing my thoughts to this blog! I’m also excited to be writing on a topic that I not only find...more

Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37813 - Santarsiero v. Planning & Zoning Commission - A planning and zoning commission (PZC) was entitled to use its discretion in waiving a landscape buffer requirement...more

Can I Sue My Former Spouse For Destroying My Relationship With My Children?

Sometimes in custody disputes, one parent attempts to get a leg up in the custody case by bad-mouthing the other parent to the children. Additionally, in more extreme cases, a parent in a litigation may even try to persuade a...more

Appellate Court Explains Difference Between Divorce Settlement Agreement And All Other Contracts

In an April 2016 non-precedential Superior Court Appellate decision, Doyle v. Doyle, the court found that a husband and wife had entered into a valid divorce settlement agreement despite the wife’s argument that the agreement...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions - SC19232 - Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. - Plaintiff obtained a judgment against a tobacco company upon a claim that it put in additives and manipulated the nicotine...more

SCOVA Watch: Three Takeaways From the Court’s Recent Ruling on Same-Sex Cohabitation

Last December, I previewed the case of Luttrell v. Cucco, which had, at that time, just been taken up by the Supreme Court of Virginia. There are a few notable lessons from the Court’s ruling that are useful reminders...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19233, SC19234 - State v. Wright - SC19233, SC19234 Concurrence - State v. Wright - SC19382 - State v. Anthony D. - SC19382 Dissent - State v. Anthony D....more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36842 - Antonucci v. Antonucci - In this divorce action, the parties had been married for twenty-five years and had two adult children, and had comparable incomes of about...more

Court Increases Father’s Child Support Payment Due to Inheritance

In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Opinion E.R.L. v. C.K.L., the Court found that Father’s significant inheritance was a sufficient reason to increase his child support payment for the parties’ three children....more

Appellate Court Upholds Decision To Award Partial Child Custody To Mother’s Former Partner

In a non-precedential appellate decision C.B. v. L.B., a Pennsylvania appellate court held that mother’s former partner should be granted periods partial custody, one weekend per month, and eventually reducing to one Saturday...more

What’s in a Name?

As Juliet stated to Romeo in Shakespeare’s tale of star crossed lovers, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Her statement emphasizes her love for Romeo as an individual, not...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19436 - Miller v. Appellate Court - When the appellant’s attorney kept missing deadlines and failed to comply with other Appellate Court rules in four pending appeals, one...more

Custody Modification: Courts Can Do It Without A Petition To Modify If Proper Notice Is Given

A lot of times when parents file petitions with the court regarding enforcing a custody order or contempt, they also want the court to adjust the custody order. Some think that the court can only change the custody order if...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19384 - State v. Carter - SC19282 - State v. Peeler - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37262 - Dumbauld v. Dumbauld - AC37262 Concurrence -...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36726 - Schull v. Schull - Trial court properly refused to hold ex-husband in contempt for not paying 50 percent of child’s surgery per the original decree. The Trial...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

Case Study in the United Arab Emirates: Family Law

Custody laws in the United Arab Emirates are mainly transcribed in Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), and I will refer to these articles in covering the Court's discretion in family law issues. A...more

Massachusetts High Court to Determine Whether a Spouse’s Trust Interest Can Be Reached in Divorce

On April 5, 2016, the collective eyes of Massachusetts divorce attorneys and estate planners were fixed on the Supreme Judicial Court, where the highly-anticipated oral arguments on “further appellate review” of Pfannenstiehl...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19494 - State v. Berrios - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37045 - Hickey v. Commissioner of Correction - AC33954 - Burr Road Operating Co. II, LLC v....more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19376 - MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. v. Malloy - Electronic Mortgage Recording Systems, of which currently MERS is the only real player, account for 65% of all CT residential...more

A Closer Look Into Adoptions

The Process Adoption refers to the court process followed to create a legal parent-child relationship where one would not otherwise exist.  To initiate a legal adoption in New Jersey, you must first file a complaint with the...more

Can Child Support Be Paid Directly to a Child?

Ocean County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones has issued an unpublished opinion holding that child support, in some circumstances, may be paid directly to an unemancipated child who is over age eighteen. ...more

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