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Matrimonial and Family Law

March 17, 202214 Mandelbaum Barrett attorneys named to the 2022 Super Lawyers List as well as 4 named Rising Stars

Mandelbaum Barrett is pleased to announce that fourteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers as New Jersey Super Lawyers* for 2022. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of New Jersey are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2022, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys age 40 or under or who are in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor....

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March 11, 2022Rebecca Frino, Esq. authors Family Law article for New Jersey Law Journal

"With masks coming off and the eventual likelihood of a vaccine for children under 5, we are likely to see an uptick in parental discussions and disagreements over whether to vaccinate children against COVID-19." Rebecca Frino, Esq., attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law group at Mandelbaum Barrett has authored an article in the March 10th issue of New Jersey Law Journal titled "Vaccinating Your Child: Are You Sure It's Your Decision to Make?"...

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February 10, 2022Who gets custody? Shared Parenting continues to attract attention nationally

The Washington Post Magazine recently featured a story spotlighting 50/50 shared parenting in custody cases. This topic continues to garner attention on both the state and national levels. The Family Law Department here at Mandelbaum Barrett is well-versed in this arena, having just published an analysis on the issue in the New Jersey Law Journal. Read that article here. At present, there is no presumption or automatic consideration of 50/50 shared parenting time in the State of New Jersey. Two bills, however, remain pending with the legislature on these issues. Bills have been proposed in 39 of 50 states requiring that judges either consider shared custody or abide by a presumption of shared custody. Modern attitudes towards working parents and dual working-parent households, as well as psychological studies, appear to be fueling trends....

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February 10, 2022A New York Times article from the January 30th Sunday Style Section caught my eye. Louise Rafkin authored the piece titled: How to Help a Divorcing Friend? Start by Listening.

More than listening, parties need to obtain the benefit of the bargain reached in a divorce resolution. Sometimes, divorcing or divorced people feel overwhelmed when their spouse or former spouse fail to comply with court orders. They had reached a bargain, but suddenly they are no longer reaping its benefit. When this happens, it may be necessary to formally apply to the court for enforcement if letters or more informal requests don't work. Wronged parties then end up incurring counsel fees to simply try and get the benefit of their original agreement....

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I read the January 30, 2022 CNN article, "How COVID is Making Divorce Cases More Complicated." The current difficulties arising in divorce and post-divorce cases go far beyond masks and vaccines. COVID impacts the resolution of cases. In our current environment, it is harder to obtain a meeting of the minds and achieve a fair resolution. The world lacks definitive answers to COVID questions and creates a more difficult environment. This time of uncertainty is coupled with greater anxiety, heightened frustration, and a lack of patience in everything and particularly with regard to endeavoring to resolve divorce cases....

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January 28, 2022Lynne Strober Co-Moderating a Program for the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inn of Court

Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of our Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group will be co-moderating a program for the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inn of Court on February 16th, 2022 titled "The Impact of Implicit Bias in Addressing Custody and Parenting Time Issues." Lynne is a former President of the Inn and a member of the Board. Members of the Inn include sitting and retired Family Part Judges, and experienced and less experienced attorneys and law clerks....

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