Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level.
According to Jewish law, both husband and wife must participate willingly in obtaining a Get, a Jewish divorce document, without which neither party can remarry in a future religious marriage ceremony.
Recently, rumors of trouble in paradise for megastars Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt (known collectively by their media-given, portmanteau name “Brangelina”) were confirmed when the news broke that Jolie-Pitt had filed for divorce from Pitt after their twelve-year relationship, including a two year marriage.
Sandra Fava will be moderating at the Essex County Bar Foundation CLE program on September 27, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at Ravello Ristorante in East Hanover. The program, entitled "New Approaches to Old Situations: The Experts Weigh in on High Conflict Issues in Family Law Cases," will include speakers Judith Brown Grief, DSW, LCSW, Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy. D., and Marcy A. Pasternak, Ph. D.
Following the August 2015 amendments to New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, a New Jersey trial court has recognized economic abuse as a form of domestic violence predicating the issuance of a final restraining order. This decision provides hope to victims who may suffer from historically unrecognized forms of domestic violence, such as economic abuse, which is designed to harass, intimidate and wield improper control over a partner or former partner.
In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court in New Jersey found that a divorcing party’s history of regular savings as part of their marital lifestyle requires the inclusion of savings as a component of alimony even where there is no need to create savings to protect the future payment of alimony to the recipient spouse.
Ambiguities related to the interaction between cohabitation-based alimony modifications and the 2014 amendments to New Jersey’s alimony statute have abounded until the Appellate Court weighed in with a fairly recent decision. This decision affects any ex-spouses who pay or receive alimony, when the recipient spouse has entered a new relationship that is serious enough to be considered tantamount to marriage.
In a divorce, arbitration can be an efficient and effective way to narrow and resolve the many issues that may arise. But what happens when a party disputes the outcome of an arbitrator’s award or the scope of an arbitrator’s power? In the unpublished decision of Sirigotis v. Sirigotis, the Appellate Division reiterated the Court’s limited power to review or vacate arbitrators’ awards under New Jersey’s version of the Uniform Arbitration Act.
Despite their name, final restraining orders are not always final. Final restraining orders (FROs) can be dissolved or modified upon good cause shown by the applicant.
In an April 2016 unpublished decision, the Appellate Division has clarified the legal standards applied when a primary custodial parent seeks to relocate out of state subsequent to the execution of a non-relocation agreement.