By Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Esq.1   The New York Times published an article on March 22, 2016 entitled “Push Marriage? Not for the Sake Of the Children,” by Eduardo Porter.  In his article, Porter argues that government efforts to promote marriage and strengthen the bond between mothers and fathers and husbands and wives is a “waste of resources and time.”...
By Bruce E. Chase, Esq.   On January19, 2016, Governor Christie signed into law a statute that changes the existing law pertaining to the termination of child support upon certain events.  The new law becomes effective on February 1, 2017.  It applies to all child support orders issued both after its effective date and prior to that date.     Amongst the reasons...
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...