Hanan M. Isaacs’s Article on Lehr v. Afflitto Takes Top Billing on News from NJ Association of Professional Mediators

Thursday, February 16, 2012


February 16, 2012 – Issue 10

From NJAPM Members

From: The Law Office of Hanan Isaacs, MA, JD, APM

Lehr v. Afflitto and its Impact on Matrimonial and Mediation Practice

by Hanan M. Isaacs, M.A., J.D., A.P.M.

New Jersey leads the nation in family law, as well as in mediation policy and practice. On January 19, 2006, the Appellate Division published Lehr v. Afflitto, 382 N.J. Super. 376 (App. Div. 2006), an important decision that brings family law and mediation policy together, successfully and in one case. It is a decision that will be cited nationally, and for good reasons.


From The Guardian

Mediation by Telephone Aims to Speed Up Small Claims

by Owen Bowcott, Legal Affairs Correspondent

More neighbourhood disputes and rows over debt will be diverted into mediation over the phone to speed up small claims cases and avoid the expense of going to court.

Around 80,000 cases a year will be taken out of county court hearings, according to the Ministry of Justice’s programme to reform the civil courts and introduce “cheaper, quicker” and more accessible settlements. All small claims will automatically be referred to a telephone-based service, although mediation will not be mandatory and unsettled cases may eventually proceed to trial.

From USA.com

Should Alimony Laws be Changed?

Michael Morgan only groans as his wife bathes his body, shaves his face and gently kisses his lips.

A retired physician diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 14 years ago, Morgan, 72, no longer walks or talks. His wife and full-time caregiver, Linda Morgan, makes sure he’s fed and clothed, and that $25,200 in annual alimony is handed over to his ex-wife, a college professor he divorced in 1997…

From divorcenet.com

New Jersey Prenuptial Agreements

1. What is a prenuptial agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is also known as a premarital agreement or an antenuptial agreement. This type of agreement may be used by a couple to determine, prior to marriage, what each party’s rights and obligations will be in the event of divorce. Premarital agreements are governed by the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, N.J.S.A. 37:2-31 et seq. The agreement must be in writing and it must have a statement of assets attached to it. It becomes effective upon the marriage of the parties.

From mediate.com

Interview with Roger Fisher

This is a video interview with Roger Fisher. He is the author of “Getting to Yes” and other negotiation and dispute resolution books and lead faculty at the Harvard Project on Negotiation. The video was filmed for the Mediate.com “Eye of the Storm” video series.


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8-Hour Basic Mediation Skills Course: Thurs., 03/08/2012 (All Day)

Advanced Civil Mediation Seminar: Sat, 03/10/2012 (All Day)

30-Hour Civil Mediation Training: Sun. 03/11/12, Mon. 3/12/12, Sun. 03/25/12, & Mon. 03/26/12

Employment Mediation Interest Group: Wed, 03/14/2012 – 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

General Meeting: Wed, 03/14/2012 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

NJAPM 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Training: Sat. 3/24/12, Sun. 3/25/12, Sat. 3/31/12, Sun. 4/1/12, & Sun. 4/15/12


NJAPM General Meeting,Wednesday, 04/18/2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

NJAPM General Meeting,Wednesday, 05/9/2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

NJAPM 8-Hour Basic Mediation Skills Course,Wednesday, 6/13/2012,
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NJAPM General Meeting,Wednesday, 06/13/2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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