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The Tail That Wags the Dog: ‘Pet Custody’ Arrangements Though New Jersey has not established a “best interest of the pet” standard yet, it is still important to consider factors that may be taken into consideration by a court when determining which party has greater attachment. By Erika Piccirillo

The Not-So ‘New’ Alimony Statute: Retroactivity Questions Remain Unanswered The “new” alimony statute is more than seven years old, yet it still leaves unanswered questions. This article is focused on N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(k), which permits a non-self-employed spouse to seek a modification of alimony, and whether subsection (k) can be applied retroactively. By Matheu D. Nunn, Alyssa S. Engleberg and Christopher Rade Musulin

50-50 Parenting Time: Should It Be the Law? There has been a dramatic increase in courts awarding fathers more parenting time than historically allocated to them. The debate over shared parenting, and whether or not a presumption of same is appropriate, is a hot-button issue to watch for in 2022 and beyond. By David S. Carton and Lynne Strober

What You Need to Know About Out-of-District Placements Every child with a disability between the ages of 3 and 21 is entitled to free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. This article explores when an out-of-district placement is needed, and how to best advocate for the appropriate placement. By Debra A. Clifford and Mary Frances Palisano

A Look at Modern Use of the Guardian Ad Litem Given the confusion and lack of clear understanding surrounding guardian ad litem appointments, this article explores the nuances of the role of the GAL in the context of contested custody cases and litigation. By Eliana Baer, Jessica C. Diamond and Lindsay A. Heller

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