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Feb 27, 2017

Jeralyn L. Lawrence to Speak on Evidence for Family Lawyers

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, will speak at “Evidence for Family Lawyers: An easy-to-follow set of strategies that get results.”  Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee, the symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m.» Read More

Feb 02, 2017

Payors Beware: Gratuitous Contributions to Children May Become Enforceable Obligations under Principles of Equitable Estoppel and Waiver

In divorce matters, a parent’s financial obligation to the child will generally be set forth in a Marital Settlement Agreement, Final Judgment of Divorce, Court Order, or any combination of the above. There is no law or policy that prohibits a parent from contributing in excess of his or her child support obligation. However, it is important for parents with Support Orders to understand that, under principles of equitable estoppel and waiver, gratuitous contributions to the care of a child (in excess of that required by Order or Agreement) may ultimately become enforceable obligations.» Read More

Jan 24, 2017

Gift Giving – The Engagement Ring

As the holiday season has now wrapped up, it is difficult not to think about the concept of gift giving; however, as an attorney, I cannot help thinking of its possible consequences.  One of the more popular gifts, especially during this time of year, is an engagement ring. New Jersey case law is unambiguously clear as to the status of the engagement ring should the parties call off the wedding for any reason. » Read More

Jan 24, 2017

Jeralyn L. Lawrence Appointed Chair of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Matrimonial & Family Law Practice

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.

“Having worked with Jeralyn for nearly 20 years, while practicing family law throughout my own entire career, I can attest that she has proved to be a great leader to our Family Law Group. » Read More

Dec 27, 2016

Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at 2017 Family Law Symposium

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will moderate the 2017 Family Law Symposium.  Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section, the symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday, January 28, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.» Read More

Dec 19, 2016

Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at Middlesex County Bar Association Joint Meeting with Union & Somerset County Bar Associations

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak at the Middlesex County Bar Association Family Law Section’s General Membership Dinner Meeting Pre-Dinner Seminar in cooperation with the Union and Somerset County Bar Association Family Law SectionsThe Pre-Dinner CLE Seminar, “A Review of the 2016 Family Law Opinions,” will be held at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, New Jersey.  » Read More

Dec 12, 2016

Jeralyn Lawrence Receives NJSBA Award

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been honored at the Amicus Curiae Award Presentation presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) on Friday, December 9.  The award was in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in the matter of Major v. Maguire.

The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members.» Read More

Nov 30, 2016

NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Raises Close to $5,000 for CASA

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (NJ AAML) raised $4,857 for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey in its sixth annual holiday fundraiser, improving on its efforts in previous years.  A check was presented to Liza Kirschenbaum, Esq., Associate Director of CASA, by Amy C. Goldstein, President of NJ AAML, Richard F. Iglar, Treasurer of NJ AAML, and Jeralyn L.» Read More

Nov 21, 2016

Seeking Child Support Reimbursement from Biological Fathers

A biological parent has a legal duty to support their child until such time as that child is emancipated. R.A.C. v. PJ.S., Jr., 192 N.J.81, 94, 927 A.2d 97 (2007). The New Jersey Parentage Act defines the parent child relationship and makes clear the responsibilities of biological parents to provide financially for the child. N.J.S.A. 9:17-38. The New Jersey Parentage Act effectively ensures that children receive from their parents the financial support to which they are entitled.» Read More

Nov 21, 2016

Hot Tips on Alimony Reform and Cohabitation

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., spoke today at the Fall CLEfest, sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  Here are a few hot tips, Jeralyn discussed at this year’s program, “Electronic and Social Media in Family Litigation: What’s Useful?  What’s Beyond the Pale?”

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