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Appellate Division Addresses Township Liability for Falling Tree Limbs

May 23rd, 2016 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

A recent Appellate Division case, Connor vs. Township of East Brunswick, determined two interesting issues pertaining to the dangers presented by publicly owned Bradford Pear and other ornamental and non-ornamental trees.  

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Alimony and Cohabitation: The Evolutionary Process Continues

May 23rd, 2016 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.

Several years ago, my partner, Diana Fredericks, Esq., and I co-authored an article for the New Jersey Family Lawyer in which we discussed the impact on an alimony obligation when the recipient former spouse cohabits with a third party romantic partner. That effort was triggered by a then-recent Appellate Division reported opinion in which the Court upheld a trial court decision to terminate a former wife's alimony rights based on her long-term cohabiting relationship, despite the fact that the underlying settlement agreement did not call for a termination of alimony upon cohabitation. Since that time, this legal issue has continued to evolve at both the legislative and judicial levels.

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The Future of Child Support in New Jersey

May 19th, 2016 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Effective February 1, 2017, the child support laws in New Jersey will change. The current law establishes 19 as the age when a child support and/or medical support obligation will end.  However, the new law allows for child and/or medical support to continue up to age 23 for cases in which:

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Legislative Summary: Selected Bills Recently Enacted as Public Laws That Relate to Local Units of Government

May 18th, 2016 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq. and Kelly A. Lichtenstein, Esq.

Following is a brief summary of bills that were enacted as public laws by the New Jersey Legislature in late 2015/early 2016 and may be of interest to our municipal and public entity clients:

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Supreme Court Rules on First Amendment Protection for Demoted Paterson Police Officer

May 11th, 2016 | Written by Deborah B. Rosenthal, Esq. and Kelly A. Lichtenstein, Esq.

In Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a recently decided U.S. Supreme Court case, a government official demoted an employee because he believed that the employee supported a particular non-incumbent candidate for mayor. The Court had to decide if the First Amendment prohibited the government from demoting the employee based on the government’s perception that the employee supported the non-incumbent politician. The Supreme Court held that yes, it did.

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Ten Things I Have Learned About Divorce From Being a Family Lawyer

May 6th, 2016 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

Over the course of my 22 years as an attorney and 17 years focusing on family law, I have acquired a great deal of knowledge and insight pertaining to the divorce process.  Below are ten of the most important things I have learned about divorce.

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