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How New Tax Changes May Affect Your Divorce

April 19th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

If you are divorced or getting divorced, you should be aware of how the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 (TCJA) may affect you.  Some of the changes may be dramatic and, although there are still many unknowns, it is possible that the TCJA may significantly affect your taxes as a divorced person, and possibly your divorce planning.

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What Does the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act Mean for Employers?

April 13th, 2018 | Written by Benedict F. Valliere, Esq.

Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the Act).[i]  This law, among other things, expands New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law from outlawing discrimination based on sex, to outlawing discrimination in pay based on all protected classes under existing New Jersey Law.  The Act, which takes effect July 1, 2018, will undoubtedly have a significant impact on employers, both public and private.

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What Employers Should Know About Workplace Bullying

April 5th, 2018 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

While New Jersey has extremely extensive laws protecting employees in the workplace, it has yet to pass legislation that would protect employees against workplace bullying. Bullying is generally defined as unwelcome behavior that occurs over a period of time and is meant to harm someone or make them feel powerless. Conduct can include (1) verbal bullying such as, teasing, threatening, name-calling or (2) social bullying, which would include leaving someone out of a meeting purposely or other acts of isolation from workplace activities.

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Proposed Changes in NJ Medical Marijuana Law Bring New Challenges for Employers

April 4th, 2018 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

In a recent press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the medical marijuana program expansion and listed several changes that will make medical marijuana available to more patients.  He specifically stated his intent to change the culture of the medical marijuana program to make it more patient-friendly.

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Immigration & Custody

April 3rd, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Immigration status may have a significant impact on decisions affecting custody. In a recent case[i], the Appellate Division in New Jersey addressed a brother seeking custody of his younger brother as a predicate to obtaining special immigrant juvenile status.

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Are Reconciliation Agreements Enforceable?

March 27th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

The answer is maybe.  A reconciliation agreement that is fair, equitable and supported by adequate consideration may be enforceable in certain circumstances.  The consideration must consist of one spouse promising to resume marital relations when the “marital relationship has deteriorated at least to the brink of an indefinite separation or a suit for divorce.”[i]   And the court must make a finding that the “marital rift was substantial” to find that the promise of reconciliation is adequate consideration.[ii]   

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Does Fault Matter in Divorce Cases?

February 9th, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

One of the questions most often asked in divorce matters is whether a spouse’s conduct or “fault” in causing the divorce proceeding is relevant.  The short answer is that usually “fault” has no impact on the divorce case.  However, there are some exceptions.

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Bankruptcy & Divorce

February 5th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

I am not a bankruptcy attorney, but, unfortunately, I have had many family law clients in the midst of a bankruptcy during their divorce, custody, or support disputes.  Bankruptcy may have significant impacts upon your family law case.  It is critical that you have counsel in both the bankruptcy and the family law matters, and that those professionals communicate freely and as often as is needed to ensure your protections.

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The NJ Estate Tax Has Been Eliminated…Do You Still Need a Will?

February 1st, 2018 | Written by Lori K. MacWilliam, Esq.

As of January 1, 2018, there is no longer any New Jersey estate tax, as per New Jersey P.L. 2016, c. 57.  Many New Jersey residents have been asking, “Do I still need a will, since there is no need to consider tax-planning?”  The answer is yes, there are many reasons that you still should have a valid will in New Jersey.  Here are five such reasons:

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What Duties Do Commercial Landowners Have for Snow and Ice Removal?

January 31st, 2018 | Written by Tracy B. Bussel, Esq.

New Jersey has been unseasonably cold this winter season, and winter is far from over.  Along with frigid temperatures comes the increasing presence of snow and ice. So, what duties do commercial landowners have in this regard? It is without question that a commercial landowner has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of invitees to the property, and may be held liable for failing to do so. This includes the removal of snow and ice. This has been the law in this state for several decades.

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