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New Legislation for Adoptees

New Legislation for Adoptees

Monday, May 26th, 2014
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Currently, in New Jersey adoptees who want to find out more about their biological lineage can access only “non-identifying information” about their births without first getting a court order. That is because we’ve had a sealed adoption records policy since 1940. Unfortunately, there are cases where adoptees with genetic or other medical problems need to […]
Multi-State Jurisdiction

Multi-State Jurisdiction

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
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We occasionally encounter problems when one spouse moves out of New Jersey to another State. Afterwards, custody or parenting time disputes arise and now there’s a question as to which State court gets to decide the matter. To answer this question, we look to the sweeping statute known as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement […]
Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
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Juvenile delinquency cases are handled through the Family court, not the regular Criminal Court. This is because the goal is divert a juvenile from following a life of crime. They are at an age where there is still time to prevent them from going down the wrong path and ensure they can lead normal lives […]
Giving back the ring when the engagement is broken off

Giving back the ring when the engagement is broken off

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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The law in New Jersey is that an engagement ring has to be returned to the giver in the event the engagement is broken off. This is true regardless of who actually breaks off the nuptials. However, a  Judge in New York recently ruled that the receiver of the ring (in that case, the bride) […]
“Conscious uncoupling”?

“Conscious uncoupling”?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Leave it to Hollywood to make up a euphuism about relationships that go south and cause a great deal of heartbreak for people. While “conscious uncoupling” can refer to a divorce, the break up of a same-sex marriage or relationship, or the split up of a non-married couple, it is no less of a divorce. Same issues. It is […]
Getting to a spouse’s safe deposit box (without the spouse knowing)

Getting to a spouse’s safe deposit box (without the spouse knowing)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Does your spouse keep a safe deposit box, and you don’t have the key? Do you get the feeling that he or she may be filling it with cash? This is obviously a problem since you may be entitled to all or at least a part of that money, too. The problem is, of course, […]
Stress and Divorce

Stress and Divorce

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
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A divorce, as far the courts are concerned, is like a business that’s gone bad. There are assets and liabilities to divide, alimony or support to be determined, and child custody and parenting time to be worked out. Unfortunately, the emotional impact can be devastating for the actual litigants. A divorce can trigger a host […]
Assets purchased by non-married couples

Assets purchased by non-married couples

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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You don’t have to be married to your “significant other” in order to purchase assets, such as real estate. Oftentimes, people buy things with their significant other even though they are not married. So when they end their relationship, these assets need to be divided. However, they are not divided by the Family Court. Rather, if the […]
Custody dispute evaluations

Custody dispute evaluations

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Currently, we use three main assessments or evaluation tools to assist in solving custody issues. First, and at the most basic level, courts use a Custody Neutral Assessment (“CNA”). However, this is not a true custody evaluation and is not designed to offer a specific custody recommendation. Rather, it is a diagnostic screening tool used […]
The importance of an accurate Case Information Statement

The importance of an accurate Case Information Statement

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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I cannot understate how important it is in a divorce, especially when there are significant marital assets and liabilities, to complete an accurate Case Information Statement, or “C.I.S.” The C.I.S. is at the heart of the case because it alerts the attorneys, the judges, the settlement panelists and economic mediators all about your economic life. We […]