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 […]

Same Sex Marriage’s First Day in New Jersey

Monday, Oct. 21 Marks the First Opportunity for Garden State Gay Couples to Marry Today is a historic moment for the State of New Jersey; it’s the first day when it is legal to perform same sex marriages in the Garden State. Officials expect marriages to take place across the state as same sex couples […]

Gay Marriage Faces Critical New Test in New Jersey

What Does Last Week’s Major Mercer County Decision Mean for Same Sex Couples? A Few Things… As our own Rick DeMichele told CBS KYW radio back in May, it is only a matter of time before New Jersey’s courts once again take up the issue of same sex marriage. Sure enough, they’ve once again waded […]

Legislature Moves to Strengthen Premarital Agreements

New Law Makes It Harder to Modify, Set Aside Premarital or Pre-Civil Union Agreements in New Jersey Family Court Among the bills signed into law by Governor Chris Christie at the end of last week’s legislative session in Trenton was S-2151/A-3315, a law designed to strengthen New Jersey premarital or pre-civil union agreements. Click here to […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

What Do Today’s Rulings Mean for New Jersey’s Gay Couples? Not Much… Yet. You’ve probably heard by now that the U.S. Supreme Court issued two major opinions today that concern same sex marriage. You can read the decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) here, and click here to read the Court’s second opinion reversing […]

Will SCOTUS Make Same Sex Marriage Legal in New Jersey?

Upcoming federal cases could transform marriage laws in all 50 states. Big changes could be coming to marriage in New Jersey but not in the way that many proponents expected. Last week, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear two cases —  Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor — both of which directly address the constitutionality of laws […]

“Breaking Up” is Much Harder for New Jersey Civil Union Partners

Civil Union vs Married: Dissolution Differences Our older clients will remember the 1962 hit song “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” by Neil Sedaka. Anyone who has been through a divorce will readily agree with Mr. Sedaka! This truism is particularly applicable to civil unions in New Jersey. In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Lewis […]

New Jersey Enacts “Marriage by Proxy” Law for Service Members

The State of New Jersey is expanding the rights of its active duty soliders by instituting “proxy marriage” in the Garden State. What is marriage by proxy? State Senator Diane Allen of Burlington County, sponsor of the S299 legislation in the State Senate (Assemblymen Herb Conaway Jr. of Delanco was the State Assembly sponsor), issued this […]

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