In New Jersey, there are a number of routes divorcing parents may regarding child custody issues. Beyond the parents’ needs or desires, focus on the children’s best interests is of paramount importance to the courts and the public, and the parents should share that concern. This goal is also the focus of any court proceeding should the parents be unwilling or unable to hammer out a custody agreement through negotiation or mediation.
Archives for January 2016
Wrongful Discharge Defined
Wrongful termination, or wrongful discharge, involves a breach of one or more conditions of an employment contract, a handbook quasi-contract, or a federal or state employment law.
If a discharged employee proves wrongful termination in a court of law or arbitration proceeding, the two main remedies are reinstatement and monetary compensation.
In May of 2014, open adoption activists celebrated the Governor’s signing a bill into law that will allow them to get their original birth records, beginning in January of 2017.
Governor Christie’s sister was adopted in the 1970’s, and her husband also was adopted. The couple, the Governor said, could not get medical information under previous law. That will all change in 2017.
On January 26, 2016, the NJ Appellate Division published IN THE MATTER OF PAUL WILLIAMS, a precedent-setting case that struck a blow for workers’ rights to be free from mandatory and unnecessary medical and psychiatric “fitness for duty” testing. For many years, employers have gotten away with using written and unwritten “fitness for duty” policies to discriminate against public and private sector workers, including wrongful termination. This case is important, instructive, and deserves public attention.
Among the stereotypes harbored by some Americans is the notion that spousal support in divorces is the sole domain of undeserving ex-wives seeking a lifelong payday while refusing to work. In reality, spousal support in the Garden State is a two-way street, upon which both men and women are eligible to receive reasonable alimony for a reasonable time, based on statutorily defined criteria. While the numbers are far from even, men are increasingly the recipient of spousal support, which can come as a shock to the women who are ordered or agree to make such payments.