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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

N.J. Court: Gifted Kids May Deserve More Child Support

Figuring out child support can be a complicated affair, and there are many variables at play, but an Ocean County, New Jersey judge may have added one more to the mix. On Tuesday, Ocean County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones ruled that a parent could be compelled to pay extra child support when a child is […]

U.S. state launches first-ever child support payment app

Residents in one U.S. state now have a revolutionary new way to pay (and receive) child support. Georgia’ Department of Human Services has reportedly launched a full-service mobile app — called GA DCSS —  specifically designed for making child support payments. The app also permits parents to “review payment history, view scheduled appointments, and receive notifications/alerts on important information […]

VIDEO: What is a New Jersey child support hearing officer?

When you and your children’s other parent end up embroiled in a child support dispute, most parents expect to have their “day in court” after motion papers have been filed. For parents who aren’t married and/or have never been married, there’s typically an intermediary step before a judge gets involved, a step which sometimes eliminates the […]

UPDATE: Former NY Jet’s new contract will pay child support arrears

Regular readers of our New Jersey legal blog will recall the story of Antonio Cromartie, the former New York Jets cornerback who fathered 13 children and paid $336,000 annually in child support. The latest? He recently signed on with the Indianapolis Colts and a portion of Cromartie’s $3 million salary was reportedly designated for child support arrears according to TMZ: Antonio Cromartie took his $3 million deal from […]

Can I reduce my N.J. child support obligation by going back to school?

The short answer? No. Not in New Jersey. The unpublished (and therefore non-binding) Appellate Division decision in Zavaglia v. Bray is instructive. Long story short, a father appealed an order of the Mercer County Superior Court denying his application to reduce his child support obligation after he quit his job to enroll in online college courses. In […]

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