Who Gets What? Contract Protects Will in Blended Family

Non-traditional families can present interesting challenges in the event of a death. For instance, a husband and wife may have children and grandchildren from prior marriages. How do you ensure that they will be adequately provided for if you predecease your spouse? The Superior Court of New Jersey recently ruled on a case where a … Continue reading “Who Gets What? Contract Protects Will in Blended Family”

The Name Game

How easily can you change your child’s surname? The New Jersey Supreme Court recently answered this question. In the case of Emma v. Evans, the parties had two children who were given their father’s surname, “Emma”, at birth. The parties divorced and the mother was named primary residential parent of the children. After the divorce, the mother … Continue reading “The Name Game”

Pleading for a Divorce

In New Jersey, there are nine grounds for divorce. The most common is “irreconcilable differences.” To file on grounds of irreconcilable differences, you must allege that you and your spouse had irreconcilable differences for at least six months, that the marriage should be dissolved because of those differences, and that there is no reasonable prospect you … Continue reading “Pleading for a Divorce”

The Difference Between a UTMA and a 529 Plan

A Uniform Trust to Minors Act (UTMA) account is a custodial account set up under the rules of a state’s Uniform Gift to Minors Act. The money gifted to a child is put into an account. Typically, the parent acts as custodian for their child’s money until he or she reaches the age of 18 … Continue reading “The Difference Between a UTMA and a 529 Plan”

Cooper Levenson Expands Family Law with New Partner Ronald G. Lieberman

Ronald G. Lieberman, certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, has joined Cooper Levenson as a partner in the family/matrimonial department. Lieberman is based in the firm’s Cherry Hill office. He will continue to practice in all areas of family/matrimonial law, including divorce, child custody, domestic violence, child support, … Continue reading “Cooper Levenson Expands Family Law with New Partner Ronald G. Lieberman”

How can you help your kids cope with your divorce?

The end of a marriage is often difficult for all who are involved. This may be especially true for the children of divorcing couples in New Jersey, and elsewhere, because they often do not understand what is happening or why. As a parent, there is no way for you to eliminate all of the upset … Continue reading “How can you help your kids cope with your divorce?”

Understanding grandparents’ rights in New Jersey

Every state across the country, including New Jersey, has enacted a law granting grandparents visitation rights under certain circumstances. These laws can extend to other non-parents, including the parents’ siblings, giving them the ability to visit with a child even if a parent has tried to prevent it. According to New Jersey law, anyone who … Continue reading “Understanding grandparents’ rights in New Jersey”