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 In a recent unpublished decision, A.I.H (Plaintiff-Respondent) v. Z.O.F. (Defendant-Appellant), the Appellate Division affirmed the Trial court’s finding of harassment based on “the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