Can I record my soon-to-be former spouse?

By Matt Rooney _ It is not unusual for divorcing spouses to want to know whether it’s okay to record — with video or audio — the other party. And as is the case with many questions in the legal arena? The answer is complicated and often highly circumstantial. First and foremost, you should always consult […]

Who gets the ring in a New Jersey divorce?

By Matt Rooney _ It is not uncommon for divorcing spouses to inquire as to who gets to keep one of any couple’s most expensive pieces of personal property: the engagement ring. While there are few “bright-line rule” in family court, this particular issue is relatively straightforward for most divorce litigants.  In New Jersey, engagement […]

What happens when my kids’ other parent won’t consent to an international trip?

With 60-degree weather hitting the Garden State this week (!), we’re all reminded that spring 2018 is right around the corner. That means many of you will be planning spring break and/or summer vacations with your children starting now. Some of your plans may take you to exotic international destinations including Mexico, the Caribbean, or […]

Will federal tax reform kill the alimony deduction?

It now appears very likely that Congress will pass a tax reform package, one which the President will sign into law. What’s less clear is exactly what that final legislation will look like since the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed significantly different bills. That means a conference between the two separate houses […]

What is Alimony “Pendente Lite” in New Jersey?

The most commonly asked first question asked between a lawyer and their client during a divorce case concerns the financial situation between the spouses going forward. During many divorce cases, a single spouse struggles to support himself or herself and their children, too, all while the divorce proceedings drag on for months to a year. […]

N.J. Court Weighs in on Transgender Minor Child’s Name

A case known as Sacklow v. Betts appeared in the Superior Court of New Jersey on March 17, 2017. The issue at hand was that a minor who was transgender requested a name change to suit her gender. The sixteen year old transgender youth wished to be have their name changed from Veronica Betts to […]

Parental Alienation at the Onset of Divorce

Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation During Divorce (and How to Protect Your Children’s Interests in Court) Divorce by it very nature brings about a series of relationship changes.  The spousal relationship is not the only relationship subject to change.  Family relationships involving in-laws almost always change.  The parents and grandparent’s relationships with the children […]

U.S. State Considers Controversial Bill to Make Divorce More Difficult

We don’t practice family law in Oklahoma (or anywhere close to Oklahoma), but here at South Jersey-based DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C., we keep an eye on national happenings and trends in the family law field because sometimes those changes eventually impact our clients. I wouldn’t bet on this particular effort to reach New Jersey but […]

DeMichele Shares Insight on Ethical Advocacy for Rich & Famous Divorce Clients

On Thursday and Friday this, firm attorney Rick DeMichele is presenting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class to the attendees at the New Jersey Child Support Training Conference. Rick’s ethics presentation is titled “Ethically Advocating for the Rich or Famous Divorcing Client.”  New Jersey lawyers who attend this seminar are eligible for 1.5 ethics credits. Lawyers who attend the conference […]

New Jersey’s New Child Support Termination Law is in Effect. Here’s What You Need to Know.

It was around this time last year that we briefed you on major changes to New Jersey’s child support laws. A year went by quickly…. as they so often do! Those changes to emancipation and termination took effect on February 1, 2017. Let’s briefly review what you need to know: — Q: What Does Emancipation […]

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