If uncertified documents are submitted in support of New Jersey family law motions involving alimony, child support and alleged arrears thereof, they may be disregarded by the divorce judge. And when this happens, the ruling will be sustained on appeal. Silver v. Silver, New Jersey App. Div., January 6, 2015
This case is the first of its kind in New Jersey family law to explain in precise detail how to calculate child support when there are multiple family obligations involved. The decision contains the 19 step procedure to be followed to complete the necessary calculations. Harte v. Hand, New Jersey Ch. Div., January 5, 2015
For divorcing/divorced parents, the highest single "child support" cost might be college expenses, which can easily total $200,000 per child [or more]. So, it behooves them to promptly apply for financial aid, including filing the federal FAFSA form. In some cases, awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.January 2, 2015
The New Jersey legislature has just introduced a new bill that would facilitate access to the court system, when a parent’s visitation or parenting time with a child has been denied, blocked or frustrated. Senate Bill S-2558, December 19, 2014.
Under New Jersey family law principles, "Parental Alienation Syndrome" is not a scientifically reliable or generally accepted theory in the context of contested child custody matters. In this case, a proper foundation was not established. Reversed and remanded. M.A. v. A. I. New Jersey App. Div., December 12, 2014
The New Jersey divorce judge made a mistake in not referring the case to mediation. Thus, the decision is reversed. The child custody issues were genuine and substantial. So, on remand, the matter must proceed to mediation. D.A. v. R.C., December 5, 2014
Under New Jersey Rule 5:8-6, New Jersey divorcing parents may be able to have the New Jersey divorce judge conduct an interview with any child who is the subject of a custody dispute. However, unless a specific request is made, the Court is neither required to do so, nor to provide reasons for not doing so.Vocisano v. Reynolds, New Jersey App. Div., November 7, 2014