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NJ Legislature Re-Considers Requirement for Municipalities to Publish Legal Notices in Newspapers

December 20th, 2016 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

On December 12, 2016, the New Jersey Legislature revived a six-year-old proposal to allow municipalities and other government agencies to forgo advertising legal notices in newspapers and, instead, post such notices on websites. 

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Supreme Court to Alleviate Confusion Over Whether Police Dash Cam Recordings are Subject to OPRA

December 19th, 2016 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

The Appellate Division currently has conflicting decisions on whether police dash cam videos are subject to OPRA (Open Public Records Act).  However, it is anticipated that this conflict will be resolved soon via a decision in the case of North Jersey Media Group v. Lundhurst.  

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What Should I Expect from Family Law Mediation?

December 2nd, 2016 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Whether or not your family law case is involved in formal litigation, it is very likely that you will participate in some type of alternate dispute resolution, usually mediation.  Even the most acrimonious cases are required to participate in mediation through the Court’s programs relating to custody and financial issues[1].   As such, it is not uncommon to attempt mediation before filing a formal complaint for divorce and, in fact, it is sometimes preferable, as it allows the clients to maintain some control over their lives while not subject to the Court’s calendar and costly, unproductive appearances[2].   

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NJ Supreme Court Clarifies “Plain View” Warrant Exception

November 21st, 2016 | Written by William H. Pandos, Esq.

Historically, New Jersey has provided more protections against “unreasonable” governmental searches and seizures than are required by the Federal Constitution.  However, the New Jersey Supreme Court has signaled a move toward adopting more permissive federal standards.  

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Recent Decision Provides Guidance on Final Restraining Orders in Domestic Violence Cases

October 27th, 2016 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.

In A.M.C. v. P.B., an appeals court considered an appeal by an estranged wife of a denial of her request for the issuance of a Final Restraining Order (FRO) and the dismissal of her Complaint under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA).

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Dividing Retirement Accounts After a Divorce

October 11th, 2016 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Recently, I met several new clients who were each divorced more than twenty-five years, and whose divorce agreements called for the division of retirement accounts…divisions that never occurred.  No one followed up until they reached retirement age and realized their accounts had yet to be divided.  

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How is Job Loss Treated Under the Alimony Statute?

September 15th, 2016 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

Judge Jones of Ocean County recently interpreted amendments to the New Jersey alimony statute that were issued in 2014 regarding loss of employment/reduction to income.  This gives us new insight into how other courts may treat similar circumstances. 

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Lyme Disease Is a Disability Entitled to Protection in the Workplace

September 7th, 2016 | Written by Arthur D. Fialk, Esq.

A recent Appellate Division case, Cook v. Gregory Press, Inc., determined that Lyme disease qualifies as a disability under the Law Against Discrimination (LAD). 

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What Happens to Alimony When the Paying Spouse Retires?

August 30th, 2016 | Written by William W. Goodwin, Jr., Esq.

One of the fundamental tenets of New Jersey Family Law is that alimony payments are subject to modification based upon "changed circumstances." That alimony may change from time to time is provided for in our statute. The "changed circumstances" standard first arose and has since evolved over many years through our case law. Generally speaking, to be impactful, such changes are expected to be permanent, or at least long-term, and not within the direct control of the paying spouse. For example, a paying spouse who quits his job is highly unlikely to obtain any relief, while one who becomes disabled from working is almost certainly entitled to a modification of his obligation.

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Child Support Arrears & Taxes May Impact Your Passport

August 29th, 2016 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

If you are a U.S. citizen, do you think that your right to travel abroad is a given?  Many parents or former spouses who are obligated to pay child support are often surprised to learn that child support arrears may affect their ability to obtain a passport or travel.  And many people with a tax delinquency are also surprised to learn of possible travel restrictions.

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