June 29th, 2015 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.
Equitable Distribution is a concept that has existed in New Jersey since the early 1970's. It is the term used to describe the process of dividing "marital" assets and liabilities between divorcing couples. The principles supporting Equitable Distribution are very simple: marriage is a partnership or a joint venture. As I often say to new clients, "when you and your spouse got married, you formed a business."
June 24th, 2015 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.
To help you better understand some of the court filing fees that you may incur when we submit documents to the court on your behalf (or if you are self-represented and attempting to handle this on your own), below is a Q&A* that explains some frequently misunderstood fees. In addition, the complete fee schedule, effective Feb. 20, 2015, can be found here.
June 18th, 2015 | Written by Deborah B. Rosenthal, Esq.
New Jersey recently enacted the Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act (ANJPWFA) as an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). This amendment explicitly prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees in the workplace, when the accommodation is recommended by the employee’s physician.
June 17th, 2015 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.
Recently, my partner, Bill Goodwin, published a post titled, “Removing Minor Children from the State of New Jersey.” As he indicated, relocation cases are often the most difficult for our judges to decide, as the results will either deny a parent’s right to relocate (which may mean foregoing a new job or marriage) or will remove the child(ren) from one parent, possibly across the country or perhaps even to a foreign country. These cases are often the most litigated and appealed, as one cannot literally “cut the baby in half” to appease both sides.
June 11th, 2015 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.
For more than 100 years, New Jersey has had a law on the books that addresses when and under what circumstances a divorced or separated parent may remove minor children from our jurisdiction to live elsewhere. The basic premise behind the stature is our state's public policy, which dictates it is in the best interest of children of separated or divorced parents to have "frequent and continuing contact" with both parents.
June 9th, 2015 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.
Municipalities are increasingly using social media to convey messages about municipal events and emergencies to residents. In addition, many municipal governments recognize that they operate in a community and attempt to support that community by posting about non-municipal events and activities or local businesses. However, if a municipality does not have neutral guidelines in place to govern what non-municipal groups are featured on its website or social media sites, the municipality is subject to criticism that it is favoring certain groups or businesses over others. And criticism can often turn into a lawsuit.
June 4th, 2015 | Written by Robert C. Ward, Esq.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in which another party has been injured, an umbrella policy could prove beneficial in lowering the expenses and any potential judgments associated with litigation, especially if you are at fault.
June 2nd, 2015 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.
Clients, friends and even other attorneys in different fields often say, “How can you stand dealing with divorce cases every day? I could not do what you do.” Like most jobs, being a family lawyer has its good points and not-so-good points.