Is enforcing payment under religious agreement a “double-dip” if alimony is also awarded?

Written by Daria B. Janka, Esq. & Cynthia N. Grob, Esq. Download the article PDF (Bulgarian) American Courts increasingly must deal with how to treat shari’ah law in divorce proceedings. To quote a Mhar Agreement: “This is a prompt Mahr: One gold coin, sum of money and jewelry to be given prior to marriage, sum … Continue reading “Is enforcing payment under religious agreement a “double-dip” if alimony is also awarded?”

Divorce Lawyers Know: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Ronald G. Lieberman, Esq. As a family law/divorce attorney, I must be sensitive to my client’s backgrounds (cultural, economic, religious to name a few) . I must be sensitive to the fact that people from different cultures or religions may have a different view of marriage and divorce. I must listen to what you … Continue reading “Divorce Lawyers Know: One Size Does Not Fit All”

Don’t Pay Your Lawyer For This

By: Alexandra K. Rigden, Esq. Law is a business. So, this blog is actually against my financial interests because I am here to tell you what you should NOT pay your family law attorney to do: Referee day-to-day, ordinary parenting disputes: Fighting through lawyers over day-to-day, ordinary parenting disputes, can come with a high price … Continue reading “Don’t Pay Your Lawyer For This”

What the new tax law elimination of the alimony tax deduction means for divorcing and divorced couples

Authored by Cynthia N. Grob, Esq.  and  Jarad Stiles, Esq., LL.M. A provision of the new tax law that took effect January 1, 2018 will have a substantial impact on divorcing couples. The new law eliminates the alimony tax deduction and will impact agreements and judgments entered into after December 31, 2018.  Until December 31, … Continue reading “What the new tax law elimination of the alimony tax deduction means for divorcing and divorced couples”

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?”