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Appellate Division Declines to Apply Heightened Standard to Zoning Ordinances that Contradict State and Regional Plans

February 20th, 2019 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Township of Branchburg, A-0843-16T1 (App. Div. Dec. 13, 2018), the Township of Branchburg appealed the trial court’s holding that invalidated a 2008 land use ordinance amendment down-zoning the Merck property. 

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What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce?

February 18th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

The system currently in place for families contemplating divorce is imperfect.  It is not possible for a system based on very specific rules to uniquely or perfectly apply to each individual’s desired outcome.  That defies logic and ignores the multiple personalities at play in each divorce matter (custody, support, removal, paternity, etc.).  The judge, lawyers, clients, children, etc., each have their personal beliefs and experiences that color their opinions, biases, and perspectives.  How then, can a litigant endure this perfect storm with dignity, respect, and the ability to move on and create a new life in the aftermath?

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New Minimum Wage Passed in New Jersey

February 8th, 2019 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

On Feb. 4, 2019, a new minimum wage law was passed that will eventually raise the minimum wage in NJ for most workers to $15.  For the first time the NJ minimum wage has been applied to municipalities and other government agencies. 

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Does a Parent’s “Strained” Relationship with a Child Obviate the Parent’s Obligation to Contribute to College?

January 29th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Not according to the Appellate Division in the recent case of Hamilton v. Hamilton[1].  In this January 22, 2019 decision, the appellate division concluded that the father would be required to pay 60% of the child’s college expenses despite a strained relationship with the child.   

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NYC May Be Paving the Way for Employee Wellness with Its Proposed Legislation

January 18th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

Newly proposed legislation by New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, Jr., dubbed the “Right to Disconnect” bill, will essentially make it unlawful for employers to require their employees to respond to e-mails, phone calls, text messages or any other type of work-related communication once their normal working hours end. The bill, as proposed, would affect employers with ten (10) employees or more and would make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees if they choose not to respond to after-hours communications.

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Non-Traditional Benefits that Must be Considered in a Divorce

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

You may think that you only need to consider traditional income to determine alimony, child support and equitable distribution, but you may be overlooking significant perks or other benefits that could have a substantial impact on those issues.  Failing to consider these non-traditional benefits could significantly affect your bottom line.  Identifying and discussing these perks and benefits with your attorney is critical.

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How is a Parent’s Contribution to a Child’s College Education Determined in a Divorce Action?

November 26th, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

The law in New Jersey requires individuals who have children and get divorced to contribute to their children’s college education as long as they are financially able.  That does not mean the parents have to pay for the most expensive college, or that the parents must split the entire cost of college. 

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Apps That May be Useful in Divorce

October 12th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Technology may not only help in communicating with the parent of your children or former spouse, but it may also help to prevent a future legal dispute or strengthen your legal position if you have a dispute.  There are a myriad of products available worth considering; this list is not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide insight into a few…

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Background Checks and Job Offers: Recent Court Ruling That Employers Need to Know

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

Employers beware…if you intend to revoke an offer of employment based on information obtained from a background check, you must first provide a copy of the background check report to the job applicant. Otherwise, the applicant will have the option to sue you under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a ruling that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Sept. 10, 2018.

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Should I Be Worried if My Attorney is Friendly with the Other Attorney?

October 2nd, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

Throughout my years of practicing family law, at times clients have questioned how I can be “friends” with the adverse attorney.  Clients want to know if I can properly represent them if I am friendly with the other attorney. 

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