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Custody and Support: Changing Laws in Changing Times
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

To say there are many issues to be addressed in a divorce action is an understatement. The issues are not simple statements of fact. They are personal, emotional, psychological and financial. However, to simplify the broad spectrum, domestic law practitioners generally deal with support (of a spouse and/or children), custody of children, and the division of assets and liabilities. Full Text


New Understanding, Use for ‘Mid-Marriage’ Agreements in NJ
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

In New Jersey, prenuptial agreements entered into between a husband and wife before the marriage are codified by statute and generally accepted by New Jersey courts. Internuptial agreements or mid-marriage agreements, entered into during the marriage, are neither codified by the legislature nor embraced by New Jersey judges, many of whom regard them as inherently coercive. Full Text


Coming to a State near You: Development of Virtual Visitation Legislation
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

Virtual visitation is the use of electronic communication — through Skype, e-mail, webcams, instant messaging and other similar online tools — to provide regular access for noncustodial parents to their children. Nearly 10 million children live without face-to-face interaction with one of their parents. Full Text


Where Facebook Meets Family Law
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

A few months ago, our office conducted a deposition in a complex divorce matter. We represented the husband, “Rob,” and we were taking the deposition of Rob’s soon-to-be-former wife, “Kelly.” (Names have been changed.) Kelly had included a claim for alimony in her divorce complaint and had previously told us that she was living platonically with another man in the house. Full Text


Family Law and the KeyStonewall State:
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

There was a time in Pennsylvania when the family law landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender litigants was so bleak that most LGBT parents stayed away from the court system. The hysteria over the AIDS crisis, particularly in the decade between 1985 and 1995, resulted in restrictions being placed on the visitation rights of many HIV-infected parents. Full Text


The 20-Year Ditch: The Realities of Mid-Life Divorce
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

Their names are familiar: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver; Al and Tipper Gore; Frank and Jamie McCourt. Besides fame, fortune and power, what do these couples have in common? They all chose to separate and divorce after more than 20 years of marriage. Full Text


Collaborative Law: An Attractive Alternative to Litigating Family Disputes
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

Through specially trained practitioners and a different process, collaborative law affords divorcing couples the privacy of not being in court and having their dispute spread across the public docket, the opportunity to maintain relationships with in-laws and extended family members and the ability to control every aspect of the outcome. Full Text


A Few Forgotten Tools in the Family Lawyer’s Toolbox
The Legal Intelligencer
July 12, 2011

To do a job well, you must have the right tools. This adage applies not only to home improvement projects, but also to the practice of family law, which requires practitioners to be as creative as possible to find effective solutions for their client’s needs. Full Text


Fighting for Cats and Dogs: The State of the Law on Pet Custody
The Legal Intelligencer
June 24, 2011

Everyone knows that divorce is a difficult process for the spouses involved and for their children, but you may not have thought of how it affects the family pet. Or maybe you have a beloved pet at home yourself and have wondered about this issue. The sad truth is that pets are often overlooked when it comes to divorce, and their status in the law is uncertain. Full Text