Substance Abuse – A Cry Out for Help

As first appeared in the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section – New Jersey Family Lawyer  Vol. 38, No. 1 – October 2017 by Ronald Lieberman As family law practitioners, we are involved in some of the most private aspects of our client’s lives. Unfortunately, those aspects are not always positive. This author … Continue reading “Substance Abuse – A Cry Out for Help”

The Certification and Verification of Non-Collusion: A Thing of the Past

As first appeared in the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, New Jersey Family Lawyer Commentary by Alexandra K. Rigden No matter the grounds, in order to file a complaint or counterclaim for divorce in New Jersey, a client must sign the certification of verification and non-collusion under Rule 5:4-2(c). The ‘non-collusion’ aspect … Continue reading “The Certification and Verification of Non-Collusion: A Thing of the Past”

New Jersey Supreme Court Case – Bisbing v. Bisbing

On August 8,2017, the NJ Supreme Court upended 16 years of law regarding the legal standard governing the request of a parent who seek to move out of state with a child or children. In the case of Bisbing v. Bisbing, the NJ Supreme Court held that a child’s best interest must be considered in … Continue reading “New Jersey Supreme Court Case – Bisbing v. Bisbing”

How Can My Transgender Child Change Their Name?

In a recent a Superior Court decision, Sacklow v. Betts, the Court addressed an issue of first impression in New Jersey; what standard to apply to a transgender minor child’s name change application. In this case, Judge Marcia Silva found that the best interest of the child standard should govern the court’s decision and that … Continue reading “How Can My Transgender Child Change Their Name?”

LGBT Divorce in New Jersey – Are We Really Equal?

We’ve come a long way, baby. In 13 years, the landscape for marriage equality has changed dramatically in New Jersey (and in the United States). New Jersey has been one of the most progressive states in addressing the rights of same-sex couples and marriage equality. In 2004, New Jersey’s Domestic Partnership Act came in to … Continue reading “LGBT Divorce in New Jersey – Are We Really Equal?”

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Family Law Services

Hiring an attorney to represent you in your family law matter is often an intimidating process. Making the initial call to a lawyer to discuss your divorce can create a high emotional barrier. To help, I’ve identified five tips to ensure you get the most out of your family law services. Ask questions. Silence is … Continue reading “5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Family Law Services”

Parenting Plans

Divorce is an emotional process. As parents begin to develop a parenting plan, the need for flexibility and responsibility are important in creating options that consider the child first. An effective parenting plan maximizes the child’s emotional security. It also needs to work well for both the child and the parents, and develop as the … Continue reading “Parenting Plans”

How Social Media Can Be Used Against You in Family Law Cases

Like many people, you are likely active on social media. Adding personal information and sharing pages, photographs and posts you others is often part of our daily lives; however, if you are currently involved in a divorce, custody or post-judgement matter, you might want to limit your usage for a while. Your comments, photographs or … Continue reading “How Social Media Can Be Used Against You in Family Law Cases”

New Jersey enacted a new child support law. It’s dense, complex, and full of pitfalls. So, let’s demystify it.

Termination of Child Support The law provides that the obligation to pay child support shall terminate without order on the date a child marries, dies or enters into military service. Child support shall also terminate when a child reaches 19 years of age unless: 1. another age for such termination is specified in a court … Continue reading “New Jersey enacted a new child support law. It’s dense, complex, and full of pitfalls. So, let’s demystify it.”

The Cost of Raising a Child

Child support is designed to allow the child or children to maintain a standard of living, despite the divorce or separation of their parents. Frequently, I hear from either the payer or the recipient of child support, that it is too low to raise a child. Well, they are likely correct, which makes it even … Continue reading “The Cost of Raising a Child”