• Marital Assets

    October 02, 2016 |

    When was the last time your client presented a marital asset of equity in an operating company that also held real estate? There is some risk that an unsophisticated appraiser or accountant may have undervalued or overvalued the equity, to your potential detriment in representing your client.

  • May a Judge Render a Scientific Opinion Without Expert Advice?

    October 02, 2016 |

    What if a judge decides to render a decision on an issue on which no one has asked the judge to opine, and on which no evidence has been presented? That is what a judge in Pennsylvania did in 2015 when she decided ' despite the fact that the issue had not been raised by either party ' that a litigan

  • The 'Gray Divorce' Phenomenon

    October 02, 2016 |

    An 82-year-old client recently requested a divorce from her husband of 57 years. When asked why, she responded, "I want to live a little before I die." And she is far from the only one.

  • New Jersey and the Emancipated Child: Changes Are on the Way

    October 02, 2016 |

    The State of New Jersey will soon have new limits on the duration of child support in the case of emancipation, thanks to a law that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Until then, the courts are still being asked to clarify when child support for an emancipated child should stop, and under what circ

  • Foundational Scrutiny of Forensic Custody Opinions

    September 02, 2016 |

    While there is a wealth of information that forensic evaluators can offer courts as they deal with the tangled issues connected to custody disputes, the deficiencies in our knowledge listed below can be effectively utilized during cross examination to make clear to the court that the final custody "

  • Court Intervention in Child Alienation Cases

    September 02, 2016 |

    Prevention of the disintegration of families is such an important goal that judges, traditionally cautious, practical and careful, can be enlisted to actively try to reverse the effects of a family's crisis. When it appears that a child has been alienated from a parent, or soon will be, the necessit

  • Case Notes

    September 02, 2016 |

    In-depth analysis of two major rulings.

  • Money, Emotion and the Monetary Blueprint

    August 02, 2016 |

    As we discussed last month, money attitudes are deeply ingrained in all of us, based on our cultural and psychological backgrounds. The effects of these traits on decision-making during the divorce process should not be underestimated.

  • A Primer for Your Newly Divorced Clients

    August 02, 2016 |

    As professionals in the family law arena, it is incumbent upon us to properly advise our clients, not only helping guide them through the divorce process, but preparing them for their new life after their divorce. Various financial issues will have to be faced by each person ' and, likewise, the pro

  • Foreign Divorce

    August 02, 2016 |

    When either party commences an action for distribution of marital property in the state of the marital residence, a question arises as to what date is used as a cutoff date in classifying whether property is marital or separate. Is it the date of the earlier commencement of the divorce proceeding in