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Putting Out (Camp)Fires: Divorce and Summer Camp

If freezing temperatures and forecasts for snow have you wishing for longer days and warmer weather, you may be looking ahead to summer.   And whether you’re divorcing or recently divorced, chances are you’ve given some thought to summer camp.  Summer camp for most New Jersey families is no longer a luxury, but a necessary child care alternative for working parents.  The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines contemplate a child’s basic needs: food, clothing and shelter, but what about the supplemental costs for raising a child? Fortunately, Appendix IX-A to [...]

By | 2018-01-18T16:11:12+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Child Support, Children, Divorce, Family Court|0 Comments

To Have and to Hold? Engagement Rings and New Jersey Law

Let’s talk about engagement rings.  They come in all shapes and sizes. Round, oval, emerald, cushion, pear, princess, radiant. A half-carat.  A whole carat.  Even two or three or four carats. They may be white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, sterling silver, or platinum. However, no matter what they look like or how big they are, these rings are usually worn from the day of an engagement through every day thereafter.  A ring is a visible, constant reminder of a couple’s relationship.  Therefore, it is no surprise that when [...]

A Ruff Decision

A recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association reveals that 68% of households in the United States own a pet.  It is very likely that the dogs, cats, and other animals residing in most of these 84.6 million homes are treated like treasured members of the family. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that when people get divorced, they may fight like cats and dogs over…well…their cats and dogs.  In fact, one of the most common questions we are asked during consultations is “what will happen to [...]

By | 2017-12-12T21:52:35+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Equitable Distribution, Property|Comments Off on A Ruff Decision

Common Sense

Our divorce laws are quite complicated and generally require the guidance of an experienced attorney to navigate successfully. However, no matter how good your lawyer is, he or she will have great difficulty overcoming your or your spouse’s lack of common sense. Common sense should be the guiding light for divorcing couples. Without it the process is likely to be more cumbersome, more stressful, more time consuming, and more expensive. For example, if a couple has reported combined gross income of $100,000 per year on joint income tax returns, [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:48:34+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Divorce|Comments Off on Common Sense

Eight Helpful Divorce Tips

Eight Helpful Divorce Tips - If you are going through a divorce you may be confused, overwhelmed and even terrified of what lies ahead. Having information is the key to staying in control and keeping calm. Leave your emotions at the door: Don’t let those hard feelings color your perspective. You may want revenge, but in the end it’s far better to keep calm and look at things rationally. You could have your attorney send a letter to your spouse about the couch, but that simple letter could cost more [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:17:06+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Divorce|Comments Off on Eight Helpful Divorce Tips

What’s In A Name?

“That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”. Courts in New Jersey have disagreed with the Great Bard for some time, however. Legal disputes over a child’s name are not uncommon, several even finding their way to the Supreme Court. Most often the fight has been over the child’s last name, but as you’ll see, first names are sometimes a source of disagreement. In 1995 the Supreme Court decided Gubernat v. Dermer, which involved a couple who was [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:40:04+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Children|Comments Off on What’s In A Name?

Removal Redux

Last year I wrote about removal cases, cases in which one parent asks the Court for permission to move from New Jersey with the child. In 2001 the Supreme Court of New Jersey decided Baures v Lewis. That decision laid out the legal principles that have governed removal cases for the past sixteen years. A few weeks ago the Supreme Court decided Bisbing v Bisbing. In that A few weeks ago the Supreme Court decided Bisbing v Bisbing. In that decision the court found a “special justification” for changing [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:17:57+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Removal|Comments Off on Removal Redux

Marital Torts

First off, what is a tort? Black’s Law Dictionary defines a tort as “A civil wrong, other than breach of contract, for which a remedy may be obtained, usually in the form of damages.” Intentional torts include assault and battery. An example of a negligent tort is an automobile accident. Marital torts are torts committed by one spouse against another. They, too, can be intentional or negligent. Under New Jersey law, a marital tort claim must be brought in the same action as the divorce, at least initially. As [...]

By | 2017-09-14T18:40:31+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Marital Torts|Comments Off on Marital Torts

Questions to Ask My Divorce Attorney on the First Visit

Questions to Ask My Divorce Attorney on the First Visit - It can be daunting, confusing and downright scary to visit a lawyer about an impending separation or divorce. The right attorney will put your fears to rest and make you feel comfortable with the process. This is the time to ask the questions you may have about the divorce process. Here are some questions to ask before selecting the right lawyer for you. Do you concentrate in divorce? If he does, it means he deals with divorce a [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:51:26+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Divorce|Comments Off on Questions to Ask My Divorce Attorney on the First Visit

Have A Pizza!

My friend Tony at Colts Neck Pizza, got me thinking last month.  He joked, “I have a complaint.  I read your articles, but you never say…have a pizza.”  As I ate my pizza that evening, I thought about what he said.  It made a lot of sense. Divorce is stressful even in the more amicable splits.  When the acrimony is extreme, stress levels can skyrocket.  People deal differently with stress.  Some lose weight.  Others gain weight.  Difficulty sleeping or concentrating are frequent side effects.  Irritability, raw nerves, or depression [...]

By | 2017-06-01T15:07:00+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Divorce|Comments Off on Have A Pizza!