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For Child Support and Alimony Calculations, Can NJ Divorce Courts Impute More Income than Both Parties Actually Earn?

Calculations of child support and alimony payments are among the most frequently contested parts of any divorce. In simple cases, the lawyers and judges will look each spouse’s income and set support amounts based on current earnings, needs, and overnights with children. However, what happens if one or both of the parties may claim the

Men Interrupting Women in the Workplace: Can it Lead to Legal Claims?

Women in the workplace face many gender-related challenges, including pay inequality, glass ceilings, and maternity/childcare conflicts. A recent article from Forbes highlights yet another issue for female workers: interruptions by male co-workers. While the article focuses on business culture rather than legal claims, we believe such a culture might present legal pitfalls for both employees

Does Your Video of the Ex Violate Final Restraining Order’s “No Communications” Provision?

The New Jersey Appellate Division has clarified the meaning of “no communications” orders in prevention of domestic violence final restraining orders (“FRO’s”).  In State v. D.G.M. , the trial court found the defendant violated his FRO by using a cellphone to record videos and photos of his ex, “Joan”, while attending their son’s soccer game.

Trump Tweets Suggest Better Practices for Employees’ Social Media Use

President Trump’s bumpy road to the Oval Office will be remembered for many things, but restraint of tweet and tongue will not be among them. Mr. Trump’s in-your-face social media updates have won him support among voters sick of politics as usual, and he has continued these tactics well past Inauguration Day.  Among other things,

Who Decides Who Makes Major Medical Decisions for Children of NJ Divorced Parents?

In a recent custody dispute before the New Jersey Family Court, the trial judge decided that when divorced parents with joint custody cannot agree on a course of medical treatment for their child, the court may appoint one of them the “temporary medical custodian” with the authority to make important health decisions for the child.

Third Circuit to NJ Employees: Some Non-Compete Agreements Will Come Back to Bite You

After six years of service, Jordan Lynch and John Halpin decided to leave their sales positions at ADP and go to work for a direct competitor, Ultimate Software Group. ADP sued the former salesmen for soliciting current and prospective customers. ADP asked the federal court to enforce the non-compete agreement that Lynch and Halpin accepted

Second Jersey Nuptials in the Catholic Church: “How do I Get an Annulment?”

The winds of recent change in the Catholic Church have stirred congregants’ faith about remarrying in the church. Remarriage after divorce has long been considered a sin under traditional Catholicism, unless one of the spouses has died or the marriage has been annulled. An annulment is effected through a court procedure that dissolves the marriage

NJ Appeals Court Voids Jury Trial Waiver and $2MM Counsel Fees/Costs Award in Whistleblower Suit

New Jersey public policy is undergoing a period of significant retrenchment on employer-employee contract interpretation, producing seismic effects in day-to-day negotiation, litigation, and arbitration of employment law cases in our State. You may recall our blog post dated October 11, 2016, regarding the New Jersey appellate courts’ insistence that, for employers to enforce contract provisions,

Do Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Payments Affect NJ Child Support Obligations?

New Jersey law requires both parents to provide child support, which is calculated under the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines (CSG). Child support obligations for most middle income couples are generally based on the income of each party, the alimony one party may pay to the other, and the amount of overnights each party spends

N.J. Supreme Court to Whistleblowing State Trooper: Keep $500K of Jury’s Damages Award

The NJ Supreme Court has reinstated a partial jury verdict awarding a State Police sergeant half a million dollars over claims the statewide police force discriminated against him. The Justices’ action ends over 10 years of litigation for veteran trooper Brian Royster, who filed claims of civil rights violations and whistleblower retaliation against the NJ

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