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New Life for Oral Palimony Agreements

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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

Governor Signs New Alimony Law

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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

College-Age Child’s Refusal to Interact with Parent May Affect the Parent’s Obligation to Pay College Expenses

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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.

Domestic Violence and the Right to Counsel

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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.

New Jersey’s New Adoption Law

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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).