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January 2014 Archives

Courts and child custody: More discretion or more guidelines?

In an ideal world, all divorcing or separating parents would be able to share parenting time on a 50-50 basis. Of course, every family situation is unique, and parenting plans have to be carefully crafted to protect the best interest of children; not every parenting plan provides for equally shared time with the kids.

What's in a name?

When divorced parents have joint legal custody and a child is born in wedlock, how will the Court address one parent's desire to change the child's surname?

What's in a name?

When divorced parents have joint legal custody and a child is born in wedlock, how will the Court address one parent's desire to change the child's surname?

Lynn Newsome to lecture at the 2014 Family Law Symposium

Lynn Newsome, Esq will lecture on the differences between sole legal custody and joint legal custody at the 2014 Family Law Symposium. Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section, the symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the East Brunswick Hilton. The annual event was attended by over 700 family law attorneys, judges, paralegals and other related professionals last year.

Divorce and taxes: Getting a clear picture

While love and affection are typically major factors in a couple's decision to wed, marriage is at base a legal agreement, and this fact is most obvious in matters of taxes and divorce. According to New Jersey law, marital property is subject to equitable distribution upon divorce. However, as we've said before, equitable distribution does not necessarily mean that the property will be split equally between the spouses.

Financial threats common in divorce

While some divorcing spouses can reach an amicable split, many other divorces are characterized by conflict and deep emotional upheaval. Threats are not uncommon in these cases, and husbands and wives who have been physically threatened by their spouses should get out of the situation as quickly as possible and seek help.

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