Awarded 10 Best in Client Satisfaction – 2016

For the second year in a row, I have been awarded the Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. The award recognizes excellence, and the efforts this office makes to guide clients into making wise decisions taking all the aspects of their situation into account. Let us help you with your family law issues, call our office today. And remember, at my office, you are NEVER just another case!

Sell the house already . . . Post Judgment Relief

Common scenario is that one of the divorcing spouses gets the former marital home in the divorce.  All she or he has to do to keep it is re-finance- usually within a year or two – to remove their former spouses’ name from the mortgage.  Not complicated – not difficult – until that is the in-home spouse neglects/forgets/refuses to re-finance.  In a recent unpublished decision in the Chancery Division – Ocean County, Judge Lawrence Jones granted the former husband’s application for post judgment relief, and ordered the former wife to sell the house to pay off the mortgage, and to appoint him as her attorney in fact to market and sell the house.   See LH v. DH unpublished (Docket no 20-4-8482) but available from the Rutgers Law Library

Feel free to contact the Law office of Helen Glass, should you have post judgment issues.   My 30 + years of experience can be put to work for you.

Palimony – AGAIN!

Senate bill S2553 was recently passed out of committee.  This bill, which is headed to our state Assembly would require that all palimony agreements entered into before January 18, 2010 (the date the amendment to NJSA 25:1-5 was signed into law) be in writing to be enforceable.   This marks a major departure from current case law which has declined to apply the 2010 law retroactively, and if passed will mean that anyone seeking to enforce oral promises of support should head off to their nearest lawyer’s office to have an agreement prepared.    To do otherwise will future support in the event of a break up in serious doubt.

If you or anyone you know will be or could be affected by this potential loss of support contact the Law office of Helen Glass.

Palimony – The Final Word?

The New Jersey Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue of Palimony, holding on September 25, 2014, that agreements for Palimony entered into before the law was amended to require Palimony agreements to be in writing does not apply to agreements entered into before the law was amended in 2010.   The rational for the decision was that the legislature did not intend to retroactively void oral palimony contracts that predated the amendment to the law.   The case, Maeker v. Ross is approved for publication and is available for a short time on New Jersey Courts Online, and should be available soon in the Rutgers Law Library.

Alimony – Changed forever

 

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, with a stroke of his pen, Gov. Christie made major modifications to our Alimony statute.  The new law abolishes permanent alimony, establishes durational limits and enumerates certain factors concerning modification and termination of alimony.

Highlights of the law are:

  • Elimination of permanent alimony
  • Limiting the term of alimony to no more than the length of the marriage in marriages less than 20 years
  • Codifying when alimony can be terminated or modified by reason of the recipient’s co-habitation
  • Making reimbursement alimony non modifiable
  • Alimony presumptively terminates when the payer spouse reaches full retirement age

The complete text of the law (NJS 2A:34-23) may be found here:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/AL14/42_.PDF