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Will the Government Shutdown Affect Your Divorce?

2018 update! On Friday, December 21, 2018, the U.S. federal government partially shutdown due to conflicting views on government funding. With no end in sight, and the holidays upon us, what could a prolonged government shutdown mean for your divorce? For a preview, let’s take a look at what happened during the last major shutdown in 2013…

Since the federal government shut down at midnight Tuesday, over 800,000 federal employees across dozens of agencies have been furloughed and many service-providing governmental departments and agencies across the country are now closed or running on limited staff. How can the government shutdown affect divorce proceedings and other related issues, including child support and alimony payments? Here are four key concerns: Read more

Sesame Street Actor Embroiled in Dispute Over Oral Palimony Agreement

Should Montclair resident Sharon Joiner-Orman receive palimony from her partner of 39 years, Sesame Street actor Roscoe Orman — even though the support agreement was never put in writing? Here’s the scoop on a controversial new ruling from a New Jersey Superior Court judge. Read more

NJ Supreme Court Rules In Battle Over Kids’ Last Name Change

If you’re thinking about changing your child’s last name post-divorce, make sure you can give a judge a compelling reason why doing is a benefit to the child. That’s the message in a new New Jersey Surpreme Court ruling in which a Burlington County woman’s name changes for her children were overturned. Read more

Anxiety about Cost Top Concern of Individuals Facing Divorce

A couple knows their marriage is over, so what’s delaying their decision to actually file for divorce? Read more

Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold Post-Divorce Twitter Fight: What We Can Learn From It

Comedians Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold got married in 1990 and divorced in 1994, citing irreconcilable differences. Now, almost 20 years later, those irreconcilable differences appear to have roared back to life, courtesy of Twitter, where the former spouses recently engaged in a “twitter feud” over wedding videos and other marital property. Read more

New Laws Governing New Jersey Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements

Family lawyers, having lost the battle to block a new law restricting judicial interpretations of prenuptial agreements, are girding for its impact. The law, signed June 28 by Gov. Chris Christie, mandates that judges evaluate the agreements as of the date of their signing, not the date of enforcement — effectively removing consideration of changed circumstances.

On June 28, 2013, Governor Christie signed into law key rule changes concerning the enforceability of prenuptial or pre-civil union agreements in New Jersey. Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group attorney Carmela Novi wrote a guest blog explaining these prenuptial agreement rule changes when they were first proposed in the New Jersey Assembly last year (See New Jersey Bill Questions Conscionability in Prenuptial Agreements). However, now that they are official, how do changes to pre-nups affect those seeking pre-martial agreements, or attempting to enforce or dispute one already in place? Read more

Divorce Trends In 2013

What does divorce in the 21st century look like? Check out this infographic showing recent divorce statistics and the topic six divorce trends of 2013. It really puts things in perspective! Read more

Rupert Murdoch Seeking “Quick, Quiet Divorce”

News of Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng Murdoch, continues to make headlines around the world, but don’t expect to learn the finer details of this high profile divorce anytime soon. As the Huffington Post and other media outlets are report, all signs point to the media mogul seeking a “quiet divorce” out of the spotlight. Read more

Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli: Case Study in Amicable Divorce

As of this Tuesday, actors Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli are officially unmarried in what some in Hollywood are billing as the “nicest” divorce ever. Read more

Study: Facebook A Factor In A Growing Number of Divorces

Is Facebook a factor in your divorce? You’re not alone. According to new research from the University of Missouri, individuals who self-report “excessively” using Facebook are far more likely to experience conflict with their romantic partners, which then may cause negative relationship outcomes including emotional and physical cheating, breakup, and divorce. To translate this into Facebook speak? Too much time on the social network ups the chances your status won’t remain “in a relationship” for very long. Read more