Family Law Blog

Family Law Blog post – Do you want a private divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? Maybe you can have one and maybe you can’t.

By Bonnie C. Frost, Esq. Recently the Pitt Jolie saga has disappeared from the spotlight because the two decided to take their divorce issues to a retired judge for a “private divorce.” Could this happen in New Jersey?  The answer is yes and no. To some, that answer sounds like “lawyer speak” but the truth

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Family Law Blog post – “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me? And by the way, here is a prenuptial agreement to sign.” Isn’t that romantic?

By Patricia M. Barbarito, Esq. and Gary R. Botwinick, Esq. ‘Tis the season. I’m not talking about Spring Training. We see it in our practice every year. We call it “Prenup Season.” In anticipation of Valentine’s Day and the season of romance and marriage proposals, we see a significant spike in the number of phone

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Family Law Blog post – Parents Who Agreed to Emancipate Estranged Daughter Are Entitled to a Hearing After Trial Court “Unemancipates”​ and Requires College Contribution

By Matheu D. Nunn, Esq. Last week, the Appellate Division of New Jersey (Judge Lihotz) decided Ricci v. Ricci, No. A-1832-14T1 and A-2409-14T1. The second docket number relates to an intervenor (the parties’ daughter), which makes the case quite interesting. Mr. and Mrs. Ricci divorced when Caitlyn was four years of age. Little did they

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Family Law Blog post: Assets “Earned” During A Pre-Marriage Cohabitation Are NOT Subject To Equitable Distribution — But They May Be Distributed Anyway.

By Matheu D. Nunn, Esq. On December 12, 2016, the Supreme Court of New Jersey (opinion by Justice Patterson) decided Thieme v. Aucoin-Thieme, a case involving a $2,250,000 bonus received by a former husband three months after the parties’ divorce. The Court held that the bonus, which the husband had not disclosed during settlement negotiations

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At the Intersection of Social Media, Text Messages, Tweets, Screen Shots and the New Jersey Rules of Evidence: State v. Hannah.

By Matheu D. Nunn, Esq. On December 20, 2016, the Appellate Division (Judge Leone) published the decision of State v. Hannah. The case itself — a de novo appeal from a conviction in Municipal Court — is not of great importance (other than to Ms. Hannah). However, this case is an important published decision that centers

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