When will the judge hear my N.J. family court motion?

By Matt Rooney _ Planning ahead is important, and family court is certainly no exception to the rule. Unless you can meet the stringent threshold for an emergent motion, your New Jersey family court motion could take a month or longer to work its way from your attorney’s office’s mail bin to an actual hearing […]

What is a Gray Divorce?

By Matt Rooney __ “Gray divorce” isn’t a legal term, but it’s a phenomenon that is having a bigger impact on American society. It’s true that overall divorce rates have generally declined in recent years. Some of this trend can be explained by declined marriage rates. In 1960, almost three-quarters of all U.S. adults were […]

Matt Rooney Named “Top Divorce & Family Attorney” by SJ Magazine

DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. would like to congratulate our attorney and colleague Matt Rooney for being recognized as a 2018 “Top Attorney” by SJ Magazine. ___ SJ Magazine “Top Attorneys” are selected through a poll in which only fellow New Jersey attorneys are permitted to nominate and vote for their colleagues working in a variety of practice areas. Attorney are […]

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 […]

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 Will Now Treat Family Pets (More) Like Kids in Divorce Cases

In forty-nine American states? Cats, dogs, and other household pets are treated no differently than property (“chattel” is the legal term) in the divorce process. They’re no different or more special than a table, set of china or family automobile when the time comes to set custody schedules, calculate child support and divide property, real […]

Kansas court rules sperm donor isn’t liable for child support

Technology’s ever-evolving impact on family law cases — particularly in the arena of divorce, child support and alimony — is always one of my favorite topics here at the DeMichele & DeMichele legal blog. This week, we got an interesting case out of Kansas on the controversial topic of sperm donorship and child support. In […]

Firm obtains ideal child support, custody decision in Burlington County

Helping New Jersey parents resolve difficult child support and child custody disputes is at the heart of what we do here at DeMichele & DeMichele. Recently, D&D attorney Matt Rooney was successful in representing a single mother of three children for whom the biological father, among other alleged shortcomings, neglected to provide any financial support. In […]

Opioid epidemic produces apparent spike in grandparents raising children

I’ve written in the past about how challenging it is for grandparents to secure custody, or even visitation rights, in family court. The process can prove daunting. That’s because biological parents are presumed to have a constitutional right to have a say over how their children are raised; this right supersedes the rights of other blood […]

N.J. Court: Russian man can’t run from one family case while pressing another

By Matt Rooney, Esq. | DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. The wheels of justice turn slowly. Everyone knows that. A New Jersey Appellate court recently added a new wrinkle: you can’t stop the wheel for one case while trying to speed-it-up for another related one. In the Matison v. Lisnyansky decision, which was just approved for publication on […]

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