Transfer of Custody as a Sanction Not Permitted Without Best Interest Analysis Under N.J.S.A. 9:2-4

By:  Thomas A. Grossi, Esq. In a recent published decision, A.J. v. R.J., the Appellate Division reversed and remanded the trial court’s ruling that awarded a transfer of custody as a sanction without a best interest analysis.  The trial court does have the authority to transfer custody as a sanction against a party, but it cannot … More Transfer of Custody as a Sanction Not Permitted Without Best Interest Analysis Under N.J.S.A. 9:2-4

Trial Judge’s Failure to use magic words, “purpose to harass,” Not Reversible Error for Finding of Harassment Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

By:  Thomas A. Grossi, Esq. In a recent unpublished decision, A.I.H (Plaintiff-Respondent) v. Z.O.F. (Defendant-Appellant), the Appellate Division affirmed the Trial court’s finding of harassment based on “the court’s unequivocal rejection of defendant’s purported reason for continuously contacting plaintiff.” The parties were unmarried parents of a young son, and at the time of the underlying … More Trial Judge’s Failure to use magic words, “purpose to harass,” Not Reversible Error for Finding of Harassment Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

The Benefits of a “Four Way” Settlement Conference

By:  Sylwia M. L’Esperance, Paralegal Divorce does not have to spark negative thoughts and awaken a desire to start a war between spouses. Although tension and disagreements are most likely to occur down the road as the divorce process tends to be arduous and often thorny, there are avenues that attorneys may utilize to help … More The Benefits of a “Four Way” Settlement Conference

Mediation, What Happens After the Process?

Mediation is a process whereby the parties appear, either with their counsel or alone, with a third-party who helps facilitate a resolution to the parties issues and/or case.    A Mediator is a non-biased individual who is either chosen by the parties or the parties are ordered to appear before such individual as a result of … More Mediation, What Happens After the Process?

Today Relocation Standard For Children Has Changed in New Jersey, Says New Jersey Supreme Court

The decision today by the Supreme Court in Bisbing v. Bisbing  changes the standard for relocation from the standards set in the Baures’ case.  What this means is that a parent seeking to relocate with their children following a divorce must show “cause” for the relocation and that means a showing that the relocation is … More Today Relocation Standard For Children Has Changed in New Jersey, Says New Jersey Supreme Court