By Jean M. Ramatowski, Esq.   He who throws the first stone may not then be entitled to the protection of a Final Restraining Order. Emotions can run high when parties are separating or divorcing, or anger is left over after a domestic relationship has been terminated.  Domestic Violence behavior in abusive relationships has been observed to be cyclical in nature.  Disputes may...
 By Amy C. Goldstein, Esq. Many stepparents voluntarily support or voluntarily contribute to the support of their stepchildren while married or in a civil union. However, once the marriage or civil union ends, for any number of reasons they may not want to continue to support or help to support their stepchildren. The question then arises as to whether or not those stepparents have a...
By Gary N. Skoloff, Esq. & Thomas J. DeCataldo, Jr. Esq. Custody and parenting time issues comprise a significant part of any family law practice. For practitioners handling these matters, the disputes often arise in the context of a broader divorce dispute.  However, in some instances, the parents of the child(ren) at issue never married.  In these settings, custody disputes do not...
    By Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.     The definition of parenthood is constantly evolving. In today’s world, it is not uncommon for a child to maintain a parent-child relationship with an individual other than her legal parents. New Jersey courts have expanded and continue to expand upon case-law precedent governing custody and parenting time in an ongoing...
By Judge Joseph P. Testa (Ret.) The public is regularly confronted with the topic of divorce.  Whether it be a newscast, soap opera, talk show, or even a sitcom–the issue of divorce and its devastating effects on the couple is often acknowledged (and sometimes made light of). Since 1974, the number of divorces in the United States has exceeded one million per year, and statistics...