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“Mediate First” Provisions: Pros and Cons

Oct 16, 2020 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

Many marital settlement agreements contain clauses often referred to as “mediate first” provisions.  These clauses, often embedded in boiler plate language, are sometimes overlooked or not...

IRS Scam Alert

Oct 6, 2020 | Written by: Daniel S. Makoski, Esq. |

Recently, one of my clients received a letter claiming to be from an agency collecting a debt for the IRS. The letter sounded legitimate. It referred to a specific dollar amount the client actually...

Liability for In-Home Underage Drinking Extends to Adults Over 18

Oct 5, 2020 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

Are you between the ages of 18 and 21?  If so, you may be liable for underage drinking in your home, regardless of whether or not you own the home.

Is a Term Sheet a Valid, Binding Agreement in a Family Law Matter? Beware!

Aug 5, 2020 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

Many times, whether in mediation or inside the conference rooms of a courthouse, we are negotiating the terms of a settlement.  This can be for a divorce, child support, custody, parenting time, or...

How a Disability Determination May Affect Alimony or Child Support

Jun 22, 2020 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

In the recent case of Gormley[1], the NJ Superior Court Appellate Division clarified the case of Gilligan2, which was being misinterpreted to state that a party who receives social security disability...

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

May 28, 2020 | Written by: William J. Rudnik, Esq. |

As a certified matrimonial law attorney, I am usually very busy and focused on my clients, and I do not often have time to ponder life in general.  The COVID-19 pandemic has afforded me some time to...

Should I Initiate Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Apr 20, 2020 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

If you were thinking about getting a divorce before March 2020, you may have felt that the time was “right.”  The economy was seemingly doing well, unemployment was low, stocks were high, you...

Having Trouble Meeting Your Business Contract Obligations?

Apr 1, 2020 | Written by: Daniel S. Makoski, Esq. |

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in uncertain times for many businesses. The rapid escalation of governmental orders from social distancing to self‑isolation have left companies reeling. How...

Update on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr 1, 2020 | Written by: Sharon M. Flynn, Esq. |

On March 10, 2020, the New Jersey Supreme Court in Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc., et al., (A-91-18) (082836), affirmed that a medical cannabis patient can assert a claim for employment...

Congress Passes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Mar 30, 2020 | Written by: Leslie A. Parikh, Esq. |

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), a roughly $2 trillion stimulus measure that includes payments to millions of...