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 […]

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 […]

An important legal update for New Jersey grandparents

Securing ‘grandparenting’ visitation time has been especially difficult since the United State Supreme Court’s landmark Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000) decision over a decade and a half ago. That ruling’s parallel in New Jersey came about in 2003, in Moriarty v. Bradt, in which our own Supreme Court recognized parents’ fundamental right to […]

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 […]

What happens to frozen embryos in a New Jersey divorce?

The “infertility” dilemma remains an open one for divorcing couples Changes in technology and the American family generally continue to provide family courts with new challenges. Lawyers naturally need to adapt and innovate in order to keep up with these developments and serve their clients. A great example lies in the realm of the fertility arena. On […]

Common Custody Questions: What do “sole,” “joint,” and “legal” mean?

Understanding the basic vocabulary of child custody in New Jersey One of the most common questions we hear from our New Jersey family law clients here at DeMichele and DeMichele is “can I, or can he/she, get full custody?” My honest to goodness answer: there’s no such thing as “full” custody in New Jersey. At least no […]

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