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Thinking About Shared Residential Custody

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, Custody & Parenting Time | 0 comments

Thinking About Shared Residential Custody

Thinking About Shared Residential Custody Five years ago if you were to ask someone to identify a standard/typical custody arrangement between divorced parents, they would most likely say that the parents were sharing joint legal custody (i.e. decision making) but that one parent had the majority of the time with the child (the parent of primary residence). The other parent had a parenting time schedule which could have been alternating weekends or what have you. What the court has seen over the past few years is that more and more parents are...

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Domers & Bonamassa is now Domers, Bonamassa & Hynes

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog, Firm Announcements | 0 comments

Domers & Bonamassa is now Domers, Bonamassa & Hynes

Domers & Bonamassa is now Domers, Bonamassa & Hynes We are happy to announce that Linda Hynes is now a partner of the firm. Linda was admitted to the bar in 1999 and has been with the firm since 2006. In addition, Alan Domers has now assumed an Of Counsel position with the firm. Alan will continue his family law practice with an emphasis on mediation and arbitration. Alan was admitted to the bar in 1973 and opened Domers & Bonamassa in 1992. All of the attorneys at Domers, Bonamassa & Hynes are well versed and have years of...

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Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school?

Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school? An Ocean County trial court judge has recently ruled that a child over twenty three years old who wants to attend graduate school has the burden of showing that a non-custodial parent should be required to contribute to the costs of this continued education. In J.C. v. A.C., the parties’ divorce agreement directed for the sharing of college education but made no mention of any post-graduate education. The custodial parent brought an action to require the non-custodial parent to...

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Understanding Child Support Termination

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Understanding Child Support Termination

Understanding Child Support Termination As discussed in a prior posting, on January 19, 2016, significant revisions were made to the law concerning the termination of child support. These changes take effect on February 1, 2017. This posting will summarize what you need to know about these changes. Question: Is there now a specific age when a child is deemed to be emancipated? Answer: The statutory changes do not touch upon a determination of whether or not a child is emancipated. The legislation relates only to the obligation to pay child...

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Interfering with Employment may be an act of Domestic Violence

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Blog, Divorce | 0 comments

Interfering with Employment may be an act of Domestic Violence

Interfering with Employment may be an act of Domestic Violence An Ocean County trial court judge has recently ruled that interfering with someone’s employment could be considered an act of domestic violence pursuant to the statute. In C.G. v. E.G., a woman returned to work as a restaurant waitress after her separation from her husband. Subsequently, her then ex-husband began sending her text messages threatening to interfere with her job and he called her workplace in an effort to have her terminated. In this unpublished opinion, Judge...

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Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement

Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement Divorced parents in New Jersey more often than not will be faced with a situation where they will be required to contribute in some fashion to their child’s college expenses. When faced with a dispute in this regard, the Family Court turns to the New Jersey Supreme Court case of Newburgh v. Arrigo to determine whether a parent should contribute to a child’s college costs and the extent of the contribution. In light of this, it is common place for a...

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The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support

The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support Earlier this year Governor Christine signed S-1046 / A-2721 into law. It is now been established that child support will end when a child reaches the age of 19 (rather than a rebuttable presumption that it ends at age 18). However, child support could still continue up to age 23 under certain circumstances as follows:           * The child is still in high school           * The child is...

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Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses

Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses An Ocean County trial court judge has recently ruled that the court, in its reasonable discretion, may adjust Child Support Guideline awards to account for the additional cost of car insurance for a newly licensed teenage driver. In Fichter v. Fichter, the parties divorced in 2011. At that time their children were seventeen and thirteen years old. As part of their divorce agreement, dad was to pay child support in the amount of $303 per week as calculated pursuant to New Jersey’s...

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LOOKING AGAIN AT “GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS”

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Blog, Custody & Parenting Time | 0 comments

LOOKING AGAIN AT “GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS”

LOOKING AGAIN AT "GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS" The New Jersey Supreme Court recently looked at the issue of grandparent visitation in the case of Major v. Maguire. The case re-affirms the task of the trial court in these fact sensitive cases. By way of brief history, New Jersey statute N.J.S.A 2:9-7.1 addresses a grandparent’s ability to have visitation with their grandchildren over the objection of the biological parent(s). In 2000, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Troxel v. Granville, struck down Washington...

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It is “Official”- a Child May Call their Stepparent Mom or Dad

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog, Custody & Parenting Time | 0 comments

It is “Official”- a Child May Call their Stepparent Mom or Dad

It is "Official"- a Child May Call their Stepparent Mom or Dad In many cases conflict arises when divorced parents with children start dating. Specifically, there are often disputes when one parent seeks to dictate when their ex-spouse can introduce their significant other to the children or have the children around the significant other. Some ex-spouses have sought to control the children’s use of a particular name for this person. According to Ocean County Judge Jones in a recent unpublished opinion, B.S. v. T.S., a child of...

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