In a long-awaited decision in the case of Maeker v. Ross the New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously decided that oral “palimony” agreements entered into before revisionary legislation in 2010 will remain legally enforceable. The Court’s September 25 decision reversed the appellate court which had ruled that Ms. Maeker could not pursue her palimony claim… Continue Reading
In the past, if a person was terminated from his or her job and wanted to modify alimony due to a change in circumstances, our courts would many times not even consider such an application until six months to a year had passed. During that time, the unemployed person would have to continue paying alimony… Continue Reading
As John S. Eory, Esquire previously blogged, Governor Chris Christie signed into law changes to our alimony statute on September 10, 2014. Prior to the new alimony statute, the law of the State of New Jersey surrounding the issue of an alimony recipient’s cohabitation was defined by our Courts. Under the previous case law, if… Continue Reading
After a protracted test of wills between alimony reformers and traditionalists, a new alimony statute was signed into law by Governor Christie on September 10, 2014. The new law, which is immediately effective, will serve to meet the competing needs of divorcing couples by balancing increased uniformity with judicial discretion in terms of alimony awards…. Continue Reading
After a series of unproductive settlement efforts, the parties acknowledged that it would be necessary for a Judge to hear the facts, apply the law and determine the outcome.
Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate passed an alimony reform bill that has been in the works for two and a half years. The bill is currently awaiting Gov. Christie’s signature.
The responsibility of college education expenses between divorced parents is often a source of conflict, and many times the parties end up back in court even though they have been divorced for years. Although New Jersey law obligates divorced parents to contribute to their children’s college education expenses, a recent lower court case dealt with the issue of a parent’s responsibility if the child wants nothing to do with that parent.
In June, both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act, which is now awaiting Gov. Christie’s signature.
Trials held under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) are some of the most contentious in the Courthouse. The consequences of being found guilty of domestic violence are serious and the violation of a Final Restraining Order (FRO) will trigger arrest and institution of criminal proceedings.
On May 27, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law legislation that will allow adoptees in New Jersey access to their birth certificates beginning January 1, 2017 (Adoption records have been sealed since 1940).