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Apr 19, 2018

Court Orders Frivolous Litigation to Stop

After the parties’ 2008 divorce, one party proceeded to file 35 subsequent motions to the Court, each making the same claims and seeking identical relief.  When the motions were denied, the litigant sought review by the Appellate Division, while also filing new motions in the trial court before different judges, perhaps in an attempt to obtain a different result from a different judge. » Read More

Apr 17, 2018

Jeralyn Lawrence Recognized Again as One of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, was recognized as one of the “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families” for 2018 by New Jersey Family Magazine.  » Read More

Apr 06, 2018

Immigration Status: A Relevant Consideration in Determining the Best Interests of a Child

New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division recently addressed a growing family law concern in New Jersey’s immigrant communities: Is a parent’s immigration status relevant in child custody proceedings?

The child—Oliver—was born in Guatemala in 1999.  Oliver’s childhood in Guatemala was far from one where he was able to enjoy sports, parks, fun, computers, reading, and games, or receive an education—it was the very opposite. » Read More

Apr 04, 2018

Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak on Relocation after Bisbing v. Bisbing

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, will speak on relocation after the recent New Jersey Supreme Court Case, Bisbing v. » Read More

Mar 29, 2018

Criminal Charges: Interference with Custody

A tool that is rarely used when someone defies a court Order enforcing custody and parenting time is the filing of criminal charges against the offender for interfering with custody.

In the recent case of State v. Thomas, a mother was convicted of third-degree interference with custody when she decided to take the parties’ daughter to a make-up water safety class rather than to the child’s father for his parenting time.  » Read More

Mar 27, 2018

Jeralyn Lawrence Named Among Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers & Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has again been selected by Super Lawyers as one of the 2018 Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and 2018 Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey. » Read More

Mar 13, 2018

Burkert Limits Definition of Harassment

Many domestic violence cases center around allegations of harassment.  Harassment is defined as engaging in a course of conduct intended to alarm or seriously annoy another person.  To successfully obtain a final restraining order, not only must the alleged victim prove a predicate act of domestic violence, such as harassment, they must also prove that they are in fear of the defendant and need a final restraining order for protection. » Read More

Mar 05, 2018

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How Does the Act Relate to Divorce and Prior Agreements?

The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, by President Donald J. Trump, leaves matrimonial and family lawyers eager to understand its implications in preparation for an overwhelming number of questions from past, present, and future clients.  » Read More

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