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New Jersey Family Law Blog
Fox Rothschild's New Jersey Family Legal Blog provides practical information and useful tips related to such topics as alimony, child support, custody, parenting time, divorce, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, domestic violence and grandparent visitation. This blog is an excellent resource for individuals with New Jersey specific family law questions and advisors whose clients may encounter family law issues.
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Pennsylvania Family Law Blog
The Pennsylvania Family Law Blog provides readers with information on and insight into Pennsylvania Family Law issues, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and custody.
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Delaware Family Law & Trial Practice Blog
Our Wilmington litigators navigate through Delaware’s Family Court, Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas, providing analysis on matters, identifying new cases and developments, detailing the implications of court decisions and offering step-by-step commentary of the trial process.
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Recent Blog Posts
- The UTMA Quagmire It was the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. Then it became the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act. The goal was the same. To permit parents to set aside money for their children until they attained their majority or to use it for their benefit along the way. A rainy day or a college fund for kids. Seems like a good idea. Ah, necessity is the mother of invention and the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The last time... More
- Where Stated Goal Is Marriage, Adoption May Be Revoked Just days before a separate panel of the Superior Court held that Pennsylvania courts may assume jurisdiction to dissolve civil unions, Judges Gantman, Bender and Panella issued a published opinion, In re Adoption of R.A.B., Jr., holding that an adult adoption consummated in July, 2012 could be annulled or revoked. 2016 Pa. Super. 295. The opinion was published on December 21, 2016. In April 2012, 76-year-old Roland Bosee petitioned the Allegheny County Orphans’ Court to permit him to adopt his 40+... More
- Don’t Be a Jerk – And Don’t Ask Me To Be One for You. I am not generally one to make resolutions at the New Year. Most of them would involve eating, and I have a sweet tooth, so I am destined to fail. That being said, I do try to make some improvements to my work life each January and in addition to cleaning my desk, they include giving my clients some resolutions they should think about. Copyright: underverse / 123RF Stock Photo Number 1. Don’t be a jerk. Your dissolution/custody/post-judgment matter has enough difficult... More
- The New Year’s Resolution Of Divorce As 2017 draws near many people start to consider their resolutions, promises to themselves, of things they want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Eric Solotoff, a Partner in our Roseland, New Jersey office recently authored an interesting post entitled “The New Year’s Resolution Divorce.” The topic, which seems to resonate with readers, examines the phenomenon of spouses who add filing for divorce to their “to do” list for the new year. ************************** Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. Leslie practices in Fox... More
- Look Under The Tree And There’s A Family Law Case Involving Evidence Not terribly exciting but evidence rulings are hard to find and ones where a family law ruling is reversed based on evidence used by the trial judge are especially rare. Johnson v. Johnson 2016 Pa. Super. 294 is a published panel decision where the issue was whether Father needed to continue to support an adult child. The law in this area is made murky by the statute (adults “may be liable” for continuing support: 23 Pa.C.S. 4321(3)) but clarified by the... More
- Superior Court: Civil Unions Can Be Dissolved in Family Courts In what some may construe as an effort by the Pennsylvania Superior Court to salvage something positive out of 2016, an Opinion was issued today which effectively opens Pennsylvania’s family courts to dissolve out-of-state civil unions The matter of Neyman v. Buckley (No. 2203 EDA 2015) arose out of Philadelphia County. The parties were attempting to have their 2002 Vermont civil union dissolved in the Philadelphia Family Court. The trial court, however, dismissed the divorce complaint related to the civil union on... More
- Supreme Court Agrees Obligor Should Not Benefit From A Refusal To Pay Alimony The appeal in the case of Jones v. Jones focuses on alimony and the question of whether certain expenses are reasonable. In this particular case, the conduct of the alimony obligor was a significant consideration. Mr. Jones (“Husband”) was dissatisfied with the Family Court Order awarding his former wife, Ms. Jones (“Wife”), alimony. Seeking relief, he filed an appeal. The Supreme Court rejected most of his arguments but explored one related to medical expenses. Specifically, the Court remand the case back... More
- The New Year’s Resolution Divorce Our partner in our Chester County, Pennsylvania office, Mark Ashton, just wrote an interesting piece on our Pennsylvania Family Law Blog entitled “”Tis the Season” about how the time between November 1st and the end of the year used to be the quiet time for new matters and how he has found that this year has been different. We have found that to be the case, as well, as noted below. That said, for many divorce attorneys, the busy season starts after the first of... More
- And Now The Private School Top 25 A few months ago we blogged about recent public school rankings across Pennsylvania and the battles they sometimes foster over school placement among warring parents. Well, Niche.com has now weighed in on Pennsylvania’s top private schools. The list is 100. We’ll pause at 25 with Aquinas School. ... More
- Family Court Announces Amendments To Civil Procedure Rules 5, 72, and 302 Family Court recently announced amendments to Rules 5, 72, and 302 of the Family Court Rules of Civil Procedure. The amendments, which become effective January 9, 2017, may be read in their entirety here. The Court described the amendments as follows: Rule 5 governing the service of process and filing of pleadings in Family Court has been amended to reflect a change in the law regarding the certified mail requirement for retroactive modification of child support obligations. The prior law allowed for... More
- `Tis the Season? When this writer first began to practice matrimonial law in 1982, the period after November 1 of each year could be termed the “Quiet Time.” In those days, once Halloween had occurred people decided no matter how bad their situation, they would tough out the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas or Chanukah. They did so in order to minimize the disruption on their children, who justifiably saw the holidays as one of joy and family unity. It is different today. In... More
- You Destroyed Our Marriage—So I’m Destroying Your Memories; Consequences for Destroying or Disposing of Personal Photographs and Videos Accumulated During Marriage They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the recently unpublished (not precedential) case of C.S. v. B. S., Judge Jones determined that 25-years’ worth of family pictures destroyed by a scorned ex-wife are also worth $5,000.00. In C.S. v. B. S., the parties divorced after approximately 25 years of marriage. They had one child, who was emancipated. The parties’ entered into a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement, and agreed, among other things, that the husband would have the right... More
- Considerations When Determining a Midweek Overnight Parenting Time Schedule In the case of M.C. v. P.C. (unreported, non-precedential), Judge Jones explores the issues surrounding mid-week overnight parenting time during the school year and its effect on the best interests of the children. In many cases, both parents live close by and are routinely exercising parenting time on weekdays in addition to weekends. While frequent and continuing contact with both parents is almost always positive for the child, it does not come without issue in the post-divorce context. We frequently... More
- Can There Be Too Much Child Support? We live in a day when reported (i.e. precedential) decisions are rare and decisions touching upon important philosophical differences are like hen’s teeth. But on November 18 the planets aligned to give us Hanrahan v. Bakker, a 2-1 panel decision with Judges Ford Elliott and Dubow in the majority and Jenkins in dissent. The subject; how much child support is “enough” when the combined incomes exceed $15,000,000. We have seen this before. Branch v. Jackson involved a major league baseball player.... More
- Alimony Obligors May Find Relief for Decreased Income Under New Statute It’s a story as old as time in the New Jersey courts. Alimony is set based upon the income of parties to a divorce, but then years later, a spouse loses his or her job and is unable to continue to make the agreed upon or ordered payments. What is a Court to do? In the old days, prior to the enactment of the new alimony statute, judges had certain checklists, gathered from all the law that they typically used to... More