In the first case, In the Matter of the Adoption of a Child By R.C.W. and S.M.W. (No. A-2907-17T3), Matheu D. Nunn, Esq., obtained a reversal of a trial court judge in a private adoption case. Following a multi-day plenary hearing, the trial court ordered Mr. Nunn’s clients to return the child to the birth mother who had surrendered her parental rights. The Appellate Division (Judges Alvarez, Nugent and Currier), reversed the trial court’s decision, paving the way for the child to be adopted. Unfortunately, this case found its way to the press earlier this year: https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/the_inside_story_of_a_nj_adoption_gone_wrong.html . The Appellate Division decision is available at: https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/assets/opinions/appellate/unpublished/a2907-17.pdf?cacheID=UGQKMmy.
In the second case, Cynar v. Cerifice (No. A-4137-16T1), Matheu D. Nunn, Esq., Kristi L. Terranova, Esq., and Jessie M. Mills, Esq., obtained an affirmance of a trial court’s determination that the defendant “failed to illustrate a prima facie case of changed circumstances warranting a plenary hearing” regarding the defendant’s income and, in turn, his alimony obligation to the plaintiff. As an added “plus,” the Appellate Division affirmed a counsel fee award in favor of the plaintiff. The decision is available at: https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/assets/opinions/appellate/unpublished/a4137-16.pdf?cacheID=o0vnXQ2.