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In 1995, the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a long-standing custom favoring a child assuming the father’s last name automatically. In Gubernat v. Deremer, the Court held that, when parents do not agree what last name their child should have, the Court must determine which name is in the best interests of the child. 140 N.J.120 (1995). This determination begins with a “strong presumption” that the name selected by the custodial parent is in the child’s best interest.
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For years, January was thought by most matrimonial attorneys to be the most popular month for people to file for divorce. However, a recent Yahoo article examined data from Findlaw.com and Westlaw that suggest that March is actually the most popular month for people to file for divorce. The article is very informative and lists several suggestions for readers who may be contemplating a divorce and what they should do to prepare.
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