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Custody Dispute in Scarlett Johansen’s Divorce

Posted in Custody, Relocation

In an example of life imitating art, Scarlett Johannsen has found herself in the middle of a civil war. The Captain America: Civil War star has been embroiled in a now public child custody dispute with her estranged husband, Romain Dauriac.  The two celebrities were negotiating a settlement behind closed doors. However, since filing for divorce in New York on March 7, Johannsen’s custody battle over her 2 year old daughter has become very public. Many speculate Johannsen’s divorce filing was a preemptive strike by her legal team to ensure that New York had jurisdiction over the child custody and potential relocation dispute. Dauriac has stated that he intends to move back to Paris with the couple’s daughter if he is awarded custody. Continue Reading


Posted in Custody

Everyone knows what “nesting” means in the context of being pregnant, but what does it mean in the context of custody?  By definition, a bird’s nest custody arrangement is a shared physical custody schedule, whereby, children reside in one residence instead of being transferred between the two separate residences’ of the parents.  For example, instead of a child living with Dad in his household for one week and then being transferred to Mom’s residence for the next week, the child remains in the same household for both weeks while Mom and Dad rotate in and out of the household.  So, when Mom is present in the house, Dad is absent, and when Dad is present in the house, Mom is absent.  The reason behind this type of schedule is to provide the child with a stable living environment during a tumultuous time; however, it is not a particularly common custody arrangement and is not awarded unless both parents request it. Continue Reading

New Jersey’s “New” Termination of Child Support Statute

Posted in Child Support, Emancipation, New Jersey

On February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s “new” Termination of Child Support Statute went into effect. The new statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, which was signed into law on January 19, 2016 by Governor Christie, has potential to dramatically impact the duration of child support obligations in New Jersey. The new statute applies to all orders issued prior and subsequent to the statute’s effective date. Continue Reading

Recent Changes in Pet Custody

Posted in Custody, Pets

It is estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States.[1]  That equates to approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States own a dog, while approximately 30-37% of all households in the United States own a cat.  With these statistics, it is hard to believe that only one state has enacted laws to protect Fido and Miss Kitty from the fallout of his/her owners’ divorce.  Continue Reading

Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

Posted in Divorce, Pennsylvania

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the entry of a final decree in divorce from his or her estranged spouse. Under such grounds, the plaintiff had to file a divorce complaint citing the marriage was irretrievably broken and an affidavit that the parties had lived “separate and apart” for no less than two years before a decree in divorce would be granted.  Continue Reading

Talented child, higher child support obligation?

Posted in Child Support, New Jersey

The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of  parents posting a video of their children belting out a song, performing a dance routine, creating a breakthrough in science or excelling in sports. With a simple click of the “share” button a video can go viral and instantaneously a new star is born. Of course most of these children have devoted countless hours to perfecting their passions and talents through their enrollment in private lessons, extra-curricular activities, schools with a particular focus on the arts, technology, sports and a variety of other disciplines, etc. Continue Reading

Pitt/Jolie Ongoing Saga

Posted in Custody

On September 14, 2016, child abuse allegations were raised against Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt. The allegations were brought by Pitt’s now estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, the mother of his six children.  Now, after eight long weeks of investigations and Pitt not being able to share any quality time with his children, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services has cleared him of all wrong doing, but will that matter when it comes time for a judge to decide a custody schedule for the parties’ children? Continue Reading

Second Saturday Workshop – What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce

Posted in Divorce, New Jersey

Second Saturday Workshop – What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce
Presented by Shari Veisblatt and Amy Rokuson

The workshop will feature professionals who can provide answers to those enduring divorce as well as offer the opportunity to explore the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce; discover resources available to help divorcees; and talk with others who are experiencing similar life changes. Attendees will also be able to learn from experts who have guided others through divorce. Continue Reading