They say that the devil is in the details, and one of those details in a divorce is life insurance. Once all terms of an agreement are reached, the issue of life insurance has to be addressed. When cases do not settle, and a judge has to decide the issues of alimony and child support, the law governing support allows the judge to order life insurance to secure the obligation.

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Courts are asked to review electronic evidence more than ever, particularly in the age of the pandemic. You never know when or where the next video camera or recording device is going to show up. Particularly, when you’re in the middle of a contested divorce, if there are custody issues, caution is key. In addition to the obvious cell phone recordings, evidence in family law matters often comes from “nanny cams”, doorbell cameras, recordings of Zoom and FaceTime meetings, apps on cell phones to track locations, and other electronic marvels.

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With divorce rates spiking, some couples want to know their options for separating in 2020.

All relationships involve a degree of conflict—and it’s normal to argue more during stressful times. From worrying about your health and the health of your loved ones to facing increased financial uncertainty, all of the classic marital stressors have been amplified by the events of 2020.

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Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily lives of most people have changed in many ways. With many people still desiring to find companionship, dating websites and mobile applications have provided somewhat of a substitute for traditional in-person dates, which are no longer feasible during the pandemic.

What happens if the relationship you’ve developed in these virtual settings goes awry, and the continued virtual contact becomes unwanted, threatening, malicious, and/or harassing? Can you obtain a restraining order to prevent further contact?

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In recent weeks, the Administrative Office of the Courts has released its statistics, and the news is not surprising. The courts in New Jersey are facing an unprecedented backlogs, and the Family Court has been hit particularly hard.

For those facing divorce, custody issues, post judgment issues, or any family matter, there are alternatives to consider.

Continue Reading The Pandemic Has Hit the Family Courts – What Should I Do Now?

An individual’s child support obligation is calculated utilizing several factors, the most important of which is the income that the individual earns. Usually a person’s income is calculated by looking at the salary and any appropriate deductions, including taxes, health insurance premiums, mandatory retirement or union dues. Some people have the opportunity to work overtime, which adds to their yearly income. The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines contains a provision that states if a person has sporadic income as a result of overtime or a second job, an average will be calculated for purposes of child support. The guidelines further provide that the court is able to exclude sporadic income if the party can demonstrate that it would not be available in an equivalent amount in the future.
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The weather is finally warmer and distance learning is finally ending for most students in New Jersey. While New Jersey’s COVID-19 metrics are trending in a positive direction, the national pandemic continues and many parents are thinking about whether or not their children should go to summer camp as planned. In New Jersey, Governor Murphy has signed an order that will allow childcare services to reopen on June 15, organized sports practices to start on June 22, and youth day camps and municipal recreation programs to start on July 6. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Camp Association have both put out detailed recommendations, and the State of New Jersey will also be issuing guidelines.

Continue Reading Sending Children to Camp or Daycare in the Time of COVID

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a troubling decision last week, in which it ruled that an order preventing a parent from posting about his children on social media violated the father’s constitutional right to freedom of speech. Even if the court entered the order in question to protect the child, this decision will no doubt reverberate throughout the country, and be the subject of similar cases in which parents in the midst of nasty custody battles seek to wage their wars publicly.

Continue Reading Parents: Is Your Freedom of Speech Worth the Welfare of Your Child?