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Jul 07, 2017

Rita M. Aquilio to Speak at Second Saturday of New Jersey Divorce Workshop

Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak on Thursday, July 20, at Second Saturday, a divorce workshop offered by The Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE.org).  She will discuss how to protect yourself legally and financially through the divorce process, legal fees, child custody, and child and spousal support. » Read More

Jul 06, 2017

The Consequences of Violating a Final Restraining Order Can be Quite Severe in New Jersey

The purpose of a restraining order is to avoid future communication or contact between the parties for as long as the Order remains active.  Any communication or contact, while either a final or temporary restraining order remains in place, may be considered contempt of that restraining order, which can be prosecuted by the county prosecutor’s office.  Oftentimes, a party will indicate that they have been given “permission” to communicate with the party they have been restrained from. » Read More

Jun 30, 2017

In New Jersey, a Final Restraining Order Does Not Have to be Forever

In a recent post, I wrote about the best ways to defend against the entry of a Final Restraining Order (FRO).  However, unfortunately, it is not always possible to successfully defend against the entry of an FRO and therefore Defendants need to not only be aware of the very serious consequences that are associated with an FRO, but also need to understand that final does not necessarily mean forever in this particular context, as there is statutory authority that allows for FROs to be dissolved or modified under certain circumstances.  » Read More

Jun 26, 2017

Jeralyn Lawrence Installed as Treasurer of NJ Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, and member of the Management Committee, has been installed as Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America.

The AAML was formed in 1962 by a small group of nationally-known matrimonial lawyers to “encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law, to the end that the welfare of the family and society be protected.” Today, the Academy has more than 1,600 Fellows who concentrate their practices in family and matrimonial law, a specialty that involves all aspects of pre-marriage counseling and agreements, legal separation, divorce, annulment, unmarried cohabitation, child custody, property valuation and division, and support.» Read More

Jun 08, 2017

How to Avoid “Secondary Trauma” as a Family Law Practitioner

When someone is hurt, whether it be physical or emotional, it is second nature to want to help them.  As a family law attorney, I can relate to that sentiment, but it is also important for those working with trauma victims to be educated as to the effects that helping others who are distressed may have.  I recently wrote an article for the ABA Family Law Litigation Section addressing secondary trauma.  » Read More

Jun 02, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus to Present a Free Seminar for the Public on Divorce and Family Law Issues

The Matrimonial & Family Law Attorneys of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present an overview of divorce and related family law issues on Thursday, June 22, at the Firm’s New Jersey headquarters at 400 Crossing Blvd., 8th Floor, Bridgewater.  All who are interested are invited to join them for breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., or dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.» Read More

Jun 01, 2017

Jeralyn Lawrence Joins Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Management Committee

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, has been elected to the Firm’s Management Committee.  She will be replacing Joel N. Jacobson, who has been a member of the Firm’s Management Committee since 1987.

“We are pleased to have Jeralyn join us on the Management Committee.» Read More

May 31, 2017

Custody and Parenting Time Implications for Same-Sex Couples

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and required individual states to recognize lawful same-sex marriages performed in other states. Despite this significant change in the law, same-sex couples seeking divorce in situations where a child was born during the marriage find there is a discrepancy in the way New Jersey law treats custody and parenting time disputes between same-sex married couples and heterosexual married couples.» Read More

May 30, 2017

Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at NJICLE Inspiring Program “Daring to Drive”

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, and Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), will speak at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE)  program, “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening,” featuring Manal al-Sharif.

Once al-Sharif tells her inspiring story, Lawrence will join Chief Justice Deborah T.» Read More

May 24, 2017

Jeralyn Lawrence Joins Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement with exemplary character in their legal careers and service to society may be invited to become Fellows; however, they are limited to only one percent of the lawyer population within the state. » Read More

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