Following lengthy deliberations, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge recently published an opinion granting custody of a child to three parents. The trial court’s landmark opinion is likely to have a significant impact on family court cases throughout New Jersey and the United States, given the steady increase in non-traditional family structures.
A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a Pregnancy Discrimination Act case in favor of the plaintiff, Peggy Young, who worked as a part-time driver for United Parcel Service (UPS). Her responsibilities included pickup and delivery of packages that had arrived by air carrier the previous night. In 2006, after suffering several miscarriages, she
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For divorcing women, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that women are closing the financial gap that once equated divorce with poverty. The bad news is that, according to a recent study, divorcing women still lag behind men in their knowledge of financial issues instrumental to their post-divorce financial health.
Women comprise more than half of the current workforce in the United States, yet women are still earning less than men in most areas of employment, not only job-to-job but also over their lifetime. In the end, women both live longer and struggle more financially than men. As the percentage of women represented in the workforce continues to increase, the pressure is on many professions to open their doors and their paychecks to women.
The State of New Jersey has been a progressive leader in promoting fair and consistent parenting plans in divorce cases. When divorced parents raise their children cooperatively, with a shared set of values and rules, they create a safe and nurturing environment for growth that serves the best interests of the children. There are cases, however, in which a child resists or refuses to spend time with one parent. However painful this may be for the targeted parent, or disruptive to the parties, making a change to the parenting plan depends largely on the age of the child and the circumstances related to the objection.
As a worker, you may find yourself in a dispute with a current or previous employer (hereafter “the employer”). This could be due to wrongful discharge, having outstanding monies due you, or being the victim of unlawful discrimination or retaliation, or for being a “whistleblower”. In any of these cases, you may need to file a civil suit.
New Jersey has a new law governing termination of child support in divorce actions. Signed into law by Governor Christie on January 19, 2016, child support obligations now continue until a child’s 19th birthday, and may continue until the age of 23 in some cases, depending on the specific circumstances.
Here in New Jersey, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have the same work rights and responsibilities as heterosexuals. The initials LGBT emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity. In New Jersey, LGBT people enjoy strong protection from unlawful employment discrimination in all its forms.
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media keep most of us connected to friends and family at all times. For couples going through a divorce, however, posts on social media can become as painful and embattled as negotiations in the lawyer’s office. With this tendency in mind, more and more clients are requesting the inclusion of a “social media clause” in prenuptial documents and final divorce settlement agreements.