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"Burdens of Proof for Retirees" - by Debra S. Weisberg

This article was originally published in the February 2018 issue of New Jersey Lawyer magazine, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.

"Termination of Obligation to Pay Child Support"

On February 1, 2017, a newly enacted child support statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, took effect which was also memorialized in the Rules of Court, R. 5:6-9, effective September 1, 2017. The statute impacts when and how child support Orders terminate and applies to all child support Orders issued prior to and after its effective date.

There has been some confusion surrounding the statute and the most important point is that this child support statute was not intended to modify New Jersey’s laws on emancipation. It does not terminate child support. Rather the statute attempts to relieve the administrative and financial burdens of the probation department.

"Partner, Frank Donahue, and Associate, Alex Miller, Prevailed in Reversing a Trial Court Decision which Terminated the Parental Rights of an Indigent Mother"

Upon reviewing the trial record in this termination of parental rights matter, the Appellate Division requested that Frank Donahue of the firm of Donahue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg undertake the pro bono representation of an indigent mother to address whether the mother was deprived of legal representation at the trial court proceeding, which ultimately resulted in the termination of her parental rights.

Associate, Alex Miller, then successfully argued before the Appellate Division that her client was entitled to a new trial and the constitutional right to court-appointed counsel at no cost.

"Children's Bill of Rights in Divorce and Dissolution Actions"

This Bill of Rights was adopted from "The Children's Bill of Rights" developed by the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Family Law, and was modified and expanded by the NJ-AFCC Special Projects Committee.

"Experts in FD Matters" - Debra S. Weisberg, Esq. & Sandra Starr, Esq.

Presented at the Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage 2013 Seminar, the article addresses custody and parenting time issues in New Jersey regarding children born from unmarried couples. It further addresses the right of a party to retain an expert to prepare a custody and parenting time evaluation if necessary.

"Intrastate Relocation in New Jersey" - Stephanie F. Hagan, Esq.

Presented at the Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage 2013 Seminar, the article addresses a party's right to relocate with children within the State of New Jersey. It further addresses the relevant New Jersey case law indicating under what circumstances a party may be permitted by the Court to relocate over the other party's objections.