Gebhardt & Kiefer Family Blog http://www.gklegal.com/blog/ recent posts en-us Sat, 23 Feb 2019 06:56:01 -0600 Appellate Division Declines to Apply Heightened Standard to Zoning Ordinances that Contradict State and Regional Plans http://www.gklegal.com/blog/appellate-division-declines-to-apply-heightened-standard-to-zoning-ordinances-that-contradict-state-and-regional-plans/ 2019-02-20 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/appellate-division-declines-to-apply-heightened-standard-to-zoning-ordinances-that-contradict-state-and-regional-plans/ What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/what-happens-if-the-system-fails-me-in-my-divorce/ 2019-02-18 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/what-happens-if-the-system-fails-me-in-my-divorce/ New Minimum Wage Passed in New Jersey http://www.gklegal.com/blog/new-minimum-wage-passed-in-new-jersey/ 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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2019-02-08 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/new-minimum-wage-passed-in-new-jersey/
Does a Parent’s “Strained” Relationship with a Child Obviate the Parent’s Obligation to Contribute to College? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/does-a-parent-s-strained-relationship-with-a-child-obviate-the-parent-s-obligation-to-contribute-to-college/ 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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2019-01-29 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/does-a-parent-s-strained-relationship-with-a-child-obviate-the-parent-s-obligation-to-contribute-to-college/
NYC May Be Paving the Way for Employee Wellness with Its Proposed Legislation http://www.gklegal.com/blog/nyc-may-be-paving-the-way-for-employee-wellness-with-its-proposed-legislation/ 2019-01-18 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/nyc-may-be-paving-the-way-for-employee-wellness-with-its-proposed-legislation/ Non-Traditional Benefits that Must be Considered in a Divorce http://www.gklegal.com/blog/non-traditional-divorce-benefits-that-must-be-considered/ 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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2018-12-05 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/non-traditional-divorce-benefits-that-must-be-considered/
How is a Parent’s Contribution to a Child’s College Education Determined in a Divorce Action? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/how-is-a-parent-s-contribution-to-a-child-s-college-education-determined-in-a-divorce-action/ 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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2018-11-26 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/how-is-a-parent-s-contribution-to-a-child-s-college-education-determined-in-a-divorce-action/
Apps That May be Useful in Divorce http://www.gklegal.com/blog/apps-that-may-be-useful-in-divorce/ 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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2018-10-12 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/apps-that-may-be-useful-in-divorce/
Background Checks and Job Offers: Recent Court Ruling That Employers Need to Know http://www.gklegal.com/blog/background-checks-and-job-offers-new-court-ruling-that-employers-need-to-know/ 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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2018-10-05 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/background-checks-and-job-offers-new-court-ruling-that-employers-need-to-know/
Should I Be Worried if My Attorney is Friendly with the Other Attorney? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/should-i-be-worried-if-my-attorney-is-friendly-with-the-other-attorney/ 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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2018-10-02 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/should-i-be-worried-if-my-attorney-is-friendly-with-the-other-attorney/
Civil Litigation – Should I Settle or Proceed to Trial? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/civil-litigation-should-i-settle-or-proceed-to-trial/ One of the toughest decisions a client can make during the litigation process is, after receiving a settlement offer, whether to take the offer or continue to trial. 

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2018-09-13 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/civil-litigation-should-i-settle-or-proceed-to-trial/
Letting a Child Attend a "Pink" Concert…a Question for the Courts? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/letting-a-child-attend-a-pink-concert-a-question-for-the-courts/ Divorced parents in the midst of a contentious and lengthy custody dispute asked the Court to opine on whether it was appropriate for their 11-year-old child to attend a Pink concert.  The father objected to the child’s attendance at the concert, citing concerns of profane language and sexual content.  The father asked the court to find that the mother of this young girl abused her parental discretion, and that this purported abuse be considered as part of the pending custody matter.

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2018-09-07 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/letting-a-child-attend-a-pink-concert-a-question-for-the-courts/
Tax Treatment of Alimony Payments Under the TCJA http://www.gklegal.com/blog/tax-treatment-of-alimony-payments-under-the-tcja/ Earlier this year, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). While many of its provisions received a great deal of media attention, one in particular has flown under the radar despite the fact that it may have a substantial impact on parties going through a divorce. That part of the Act addresses the tax treatment of alimony payments made pursuant to a court order, or under a separation or divorce settlement agreement.

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2018-09-05 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/tax-treatment-of-alimony-payments-under-the-tcja/
Finalizing Your Divorce in 2018 vs. 2019…Does it Matter? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/finalizing-your-divorce-in-2018-vs-2019-does-it-matter/ 2018-08-07 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/finalizing-your-divorce-in-2018-vs-2019-does-it-matter/ Profit-Making Parking Authorities are Entitled to Common Law Snow and Ice Removal Immunity http://www.gklegal.com/blog/profit-making-parking-authorities-are-entitled-to-common-law-snow-and-ice-removal-immunity/ 2018-08-01 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/profit-making-parking-authorities-are-entitled-to-common-law-snow-and-ice-removal-immunity/ The Important of Due Diligence When Buying or Selling a Business http://www.gklegal.com/blog/the-important-of-due-diligence-when-buying-or-selling-a-business/ 2018-07-20 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/the-important-of-due-diligence-when-buying-or-selling-a-business/ Appellate Division Upholds Termination of Chemistry Teacher http://www.gklegal.com/blog/appellate-division-upholds-termination-of-chemistry-teacher/ 2018-07-12 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/appellate-division-upholds-termination-of-chemistry-teacher/ How to Prepare for a Court Appearance: Ten Practical Tips http://www.gklegal.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-a-court-appearance-ten-practical-tips/ 2018-07-11 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-a-court-appearance-ten-practical-tips/ OPRA and Security Camera Footage http://www.gklegal.com/blog/opra-and-security-camera-footage/ 2018-07-10 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/opra-and-security-camera-footage/ NJ Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Division’s Expansion of Rice Notice Requirement http://www.gklegal.com/blog/nj-supreme-court-reverses-appellate-division-s-expansion-of-rice-notice-requirement/ 2018-06-29 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/nj-supreme-court-reverses-appellate-division-s-expansion-of-rice-notice-requirement/ NJ Supreme Court Affirms That Only Complete Development Applications are Protected by “Time of Application” Rule http://www.gklegal.com/blog/supreme-court-affirms-that-only-complete-development-applications-are-protected-by-time-of-application-rule/ In Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Bd. of Adj. of Franklin Twp., 2018 WL 3041000 (N.J. June 20, 2018), the NJ Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appellate Division that incomplete development applications do not benefit from the “Time of Application” rule.

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2018-06-28 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/supreme-court-affirms-that-only-complete-development-applications-are-protected-by-time-of-application-rule/
“Potentially Dangerous” or “Vicious” Dogs: Do You Know the Difference, and Are You Properly Licensed & Insured? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/potentially-dangerous-or-vicious-dogs-do-you-know-the-difference-and-are-you-properly-licensed-insured/ 2018-06-21 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/potentially-dangerous-or-vicious-dogs-do-you-know-the-difference-and-are-you-properly-licensed-insured/ Dog Owners: Are You Aware of Your Liability for Dog Bites? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/dog-owners-are-you-aware-of-your-liability-for-dog-bites/ Many residents are not aware that in New Jersey there is a law that places liability on a dog owner.  Specifically, if your dog bites a person on or in a public place, or if the bite occurs while the person is lawfully on or in a private place, you may be liable!    

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2018-06-14 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/dog-owners-are-you-aware-of-your-liability-for-dog-bites/
What Types of Experts Can Help with a Family Law Matter? http://www.gklegal.com/blog/what-types-of-experts-can-help-with-a-family-law-matter/ 2018-06-13 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/what-types-of-experts-can-help-with-a-family-law-matter/ Proposed Legislation on Municipal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) http://www.gklegal.com/blog/proposed-legislation-on-municipal-payments-in-lieu-of-taxes-pilots/ 2018-06-12 00:00:00 http://www.gklegal.com/blog/proposed-legislation-on-municipal-payments-in-lieu-of-taxes-pilots/