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Family and Matrimonial Law

With a deep commitment to serving our clients, we are your
advocates, guiding you through the intricate web of family and matrimonial legal matters with empathy and professionalism.

We recognize that each family law matter is unique. Our family and matrimonial attorneys are here to guide you.

Our dedicated team of experienced family and matrimonial law practitioners is here to offer tailored solutions that prioritize your best interests and the well-being of your loved ones. Whether you’re facing the challenges of divorce, child custody disputes, alimony negotiations, or any other family-related issue, we are here to provide the guidance and support you require.
Our approach is built on open communication, transparent counsel, and a focus on achieving the most favorable outcomes for you and your family. We understand that these moments can be emotionally taxing, and we strive to provide not just legal guidance, but also a compassionate hand to hold throughout the process. With a reputation for excellence and a track record of successful resolutions, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal intricacies while safeguarding the relationships that matter most.
As part of a full-service law firm we are able to draw upon the benefit of the considerable and diverse expertise of related departments, including the Trust and Estates, Criminal, Personal Injury, Tax, Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups to truly surround our clients with the help they deserve.  In addition, many of our attorneys are mediators and guardians ad litem appointed by the Court.
We successfully negotiate and litigate all facets matrimonial and family law matters, including the following areas. Please click for more information on these specialties.

Why Choose Our Family and Matrimonial Law Department?

The Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is committed to providing you with unparalleled legal expertise and personalized support throughout your family law journey. Here’s why our practice stands out:
Experience You Can Trust: Our team comprises experienced, dynamic, and well-respected legal professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge in family law. This ensures that you receive the latest and most accurate advice tailored to your situation, delivered with compassion and understanding. We will take the time to explain what such an agreement can and cannot cover under New Jersey law.
Customized Solutions: Recognizing that each family’s situation is distinct, our attorneys work closely with you to understand your goals and concerns. This ensures that the agreements we craft are custom-tailored to your specific needs, reflecting your individual circumstances.
Clear and Comprehensive Documents: Family law documents can be complex, but we pride ourselves on drafting agreements that are both legally robust and easy to understand. We will make every effort to ensure that your agreement is lawful and structured to hold up in court.
Conflict Resolution: In the event of unforeseen challenges, our skilled negotiators are well-equipped to mediate and find solutions that align with your best interests. If needed, our attorneys can call upon other qualified experts to value assets, perform complex accounting or address other issues.
We are here to guide you with empathy and expertise, ensuring the best possible outcomes for you and your loved ones.

Raj Gadhok to Present for NJICLE’s “What is a Tevis Claim and What Does it Mean for My Divorce?

November 20, 2023

Navigating divorce cases in New Jersey often involves addressing domestic violence and abuse allegations. This is where the Tevis Claim often comes into play. It is essentially a personal injury claim you can bring against your spouse in the divorce complaint if instances of domestic violence have occurred. While opting for a Tevis Claim has […]

Lynne Strober Moderates Discussion on “Dealing with Bias in Family Law Cases”

November 16, 2023

On Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Matrimonial and Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober moderated a two-hour discussion “Dealing with Bias in Family Law Cases.” Two CLE credits in both ethics and diversity were awarded. The panel included attorneys Eliana Baer, Jhanice Domingo, Debra Guston and Albertina Webb. 

Vito Colusardo Talks Hot Tips in Family Law with New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section

October 5, 2023

Join Family Law attorney Vito Colasurdo, Jr. on Monday, October 9th, for the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section’s “Hot Topics in Family Law: Are the Kids Alright?” This session will include some of New Jersey’s most prominent matrimonial attorneys and retired judges as they discuss their hot tips on finding creative solutions to complex challenges they […]

Rebecca Frino Talks About Divorce in the Spotlight with Ilyssa Panitz on The Divorce Hour

October 5, 2023

In This Week’s The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz, Ilyssa welcomes Founder of Anna K Law Anna Krolikowska to Discuss Celebrity Divorces. Counsel at Mandelbaum Barrett Rebecca Frino on Celebrity Custody Wars and The UCCJEA. The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz is a safe and comfortable place for listeners to put their feet up and […]

Associate Xena A. Balcazar, Esq., Joins the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group

September 18, 2023

The Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is excited to welcome a new Associate to the team, Xena A. Balcazar, Esq. With a background as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Marcella Matos Wilson, J.S.C., in the Essex Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Xena brings valuable experience […]

Rebecca Frino, Moderator of ‘Parenting and Cannabis’ CLE Panel

September 14, 2023

Join Counsel Rebecca Frino, Esq. on September 19th for a captivating webinar discussion as she moderates the “Parenting and Cannabis” panel! Rebecca will be leading this panel of legal and clinical professionals, including Robyn Ross, Mollie Lustig, and Dr. Kieran Ayre. Together, they will explore the landscape of cannabis use and consumption in New Jersey, […]

Co-Chair Lynne Strober, Esq. Explores Dating’s Impact on Alimony on ‘The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz’ Podcast

August 10, 2023

Co-Chair of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice group, Lynne Strober, Esq., will be a guest on “The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz” podcast this weekend on CRN Digital Talk Radio. Be sure to tune in either on Saturday, August 12, or Sunday, August 13, to gain insights into dating during a divorce action […]

“Coffee and Conversation” Discussion Hour with Matrimonial and Family Law Attorneys Vito Colasurdo, Esq., and Rebecca Frino, Esq.

July 28, 2023

Join Matrimonial and Family Law attorneys Vito Colasurdo, Esq., and Rebecca Frino, Esq., as they host the upcoming “Coffee and Conversation” Discussion Hour on August 14th at 10 am ET, organized by the International Society of Primerus Law Firms™. Discover more about our firm’s partnership with Primerus by visiting: http://bit.ly/3szAeGs. Additionally, learn more about our […]

Donald Dennison and Lynne Strober Receive Readers’ Choice Award in Elder Law and Family Law Respectively

December 12, 2022

Suburban Essex Magazine just released their 2022 “Best of Essex” Reader’s Choice Award winners and you might just recognize 2 of them! Congratulations to Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys Donald “Donny” A. Dennison, Esq. of our Elder Law Practice who received the Gold Medal for Elder Law and Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of our Matrimonial and Family Law Practice, who took […]

Rebecca E. Frino, Esq. will be Presenting an Educational Webinar on “Intangible Assets and Divorce: What you Can’t See Can Hurt You” on October 28, 2022

October 18, 2022

In today’s increasingly digital world, we must learn to look beyond the traditional assets when handling divorce matters. That’s why Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Matrimonial and Family Law attorney Rebecca E. Frino is partnering with Marcum LLP’s Susan Miano for an educational webinar presented by Celesq on “Intangible Assets and Divorce: What you Can’t See Can Hurt You.” In this live […]

Congratulations to Lynne Strober, Esq. and Vito Colasurdo, Jr., Esq. who were named members of the 2022 Executive Committee for the New Jersey State Bar Association – Family Law Section.

June 23, 2022

Lynne has been reappointed as an Emeritus member. She was Chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section from 1992-93. Vito has been appointed for the first time.

Lynne Strober appointed to second term on AAML NJ Board of Managers

March 16, 2022

Congratulations to our Matrimonial and Family Law Co-Chair, Lynne Strober, Esq. for being appointed to the AAML NJ (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – New Jersey Chapter) Board of Managers for a 2nd two-year term.

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

March 11, 2022

"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 PC 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?"

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

January 28, 2022

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.

Lynne Strober Participates in NJICLE 2021 Family Law Summer Institute

July 27, 2021

Lynne Strober was part of an esteemed panel including matrimonial lawyers, judges, mental health professionals and accountants for a 2-day program covering many aspects of matrimonial law and how to handle complicated situations that often arise in family practice.

Vito Colasurdo Spoke on Hot Tips in Family Law Hosted by NJICLE

November 11, 2020

On November 11, Vito Colasurdo particpated as a speaker for a live webcast hosted by NJICLE on “Hot Tips in Family Law.”

David Carton Quoted In NJ.com Article On Four Mistakes To Avoid If You're Filing For Divorce

January 28, 2020

David Carton, Co-Chair of the Firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group, was quoted in a recent article for NJ.com on 4 mistakes to avoid if you're filing for a divorce. Read more here.

David Carton to Speak at "Family Law Trial Skills Development Series" Presented by the Middlesex County Bar Association

January 8, 2020

Join David Carton, Co-Chair of our Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group and a panel of legal experts for "Family Law Trial Skills Development Series" presented by the Middlesex County Bar Association. This is a 4-part series that is eligible for 3.5 hours of total CLE credit for each session. To learn more or to register, click here.

Lynne Strober Moderating an Ethics Program for the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inn of Court

November 1, 2019

Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of our Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group will be moderating an ethics program for the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inn of Court on November 20th for the members of the Inn which include sitting and retired Family Part Judges, and experienced and less experienced attorneys and law clerks. "A Practical Guide to Ethics – Things a Matrimonial Attorney Should Know and Do To Protect Themselves will be presented by Bonnie Frost, Esq., Stephanie Frangos Hagan, Esq., Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., Diana Manning, Esq. and Judge Gallipoli, Retired.

Lynne Strober Authors Article for Family Lawyer Magazine on Hired Guns vs. Objective Experts

June 28, 2019

Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Family Law Practice Group wrote an article for Family Lawyer Magazine on "Expert Opinions: Hired Guns vs. Objective Experts." Read more here.

David Carton Answers an NJ.com Reader's Question about Marital Settlement Agreements

June 24, 2019

David Carton, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group recently answered an NJ.com reader's question about Marital, Settlement, Agreements and what happens to house sale funds if a spouse passes away prior to the sale?

David Carton Spoke at NJAPM's Annual Civil and Divorce Mediation Seminar

June 18, 2019

On June 15, David Carton, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Family Law Practice Group, spoke at the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators Annual Civil and Divorce Mediation Seminar on how alimony is viewed after January 1st where it is no longer taxable to the recipient and deductible to the payor.

Lynne Strober Reappointed to New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee for 2019-2020

May 23, 2019

Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group has been reappointed to serve on the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 term.

Lynne Strober Named to the 2019 National Law Journal List of Family Law Trailblazers

April 16, 2019

We are proud to announce that Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Family Law Practice Group, has been named to the 2019 National Law Journal's List of Family Law Trailblazers. The National Law Journal accepted nominations from all around the nation and narrowed their list down to 14 individuals who through their hard work and determination, have helped their clients during what is often one of the most difficult times in their lives. Congratulations Lynne on this well deserved honor!

Lynne Strober Quoted in CBS News Article on Couples Rushing to Divorce By Year-End

December 19, 2018

Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Family Law Practice Group, Lynne Strober, was quoted in an article for CBS News about couples rushing to divorce by year-end – to save on taxes. Click here to see what Lynne advises. If you have any questions about this or other family law topics, please don't hesitate to contact Lynne at lstrober@lawfirm.ms.

Lynne Strober Comments on Alimony Deduction Changes Coming Soon in Recent NJ.com Article

December 14, 2018

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober talks about alimony deduction changes coming soon and why some couples are speeding up their divorce while alimony is still deductible. Click here to read what Lynne and other experts have to say in this informative nj.com article.

David Carton to Speak at NJSBA Program on Understanding Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

November 13, 2018

David Carton, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group, will be speaking at "Understanding Qualified Domestic Relations Orders" presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association on November 28 in West Orange and on December 14 in Mt. Laurel. Click here to learn more about this program and to register.

Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober to Speak at November 15th Second Saturday's Divorce Workshop

October 23, 2018

Have questions about or considering a divorce? Curious about the legal, financial psychological and social issues of "untying the knot"? Join Mandelbaum Barrett PC Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober on Thursday, November 15th from 11:00 – 1:30 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park where she'll answer questions and present on legal issues for Second Saturday's Divorce Workshop. This wonderful group provides support, information and hope to those considering a divorce. To learn more or register, visit www.secondsaturdaysNJ.com or contact 908-766-4171.

Lynne Strober and David Carton Discuss Post-Complaint Earnings in a NJLJ Article

September 25, 2018

Family Law Co-Chairs Lynne Strober and David Carton discuss post-complaint earnings and the marital lifestyle's effect on alimony in a New Jersey Law Journal article. Click here to read more.

Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober Quoted in New Jersey Business article on Tools Divorce Attorneys have at their disposal

August 1, 2018

Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of the Firm's Family Law Practice Group was quoted in the August issue of New Jersey Business about new tools attorneys have to navigate divorce.

Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober Named Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in NJ by National Academy

June 5, 2018

Congratulations to Lynne Strober, Co-Chair of the Firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group for being listed by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the "Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey." For more information on the selection process, visit: https://lnkd.in/dYDkfPt #FamilyLawAttorney

Latest Nj.com article on Things to Think About Now for 2018 Tax Returns Featuring MS Attorneys Holt, Strober and Fox

May 18, 2018

Check out the latest NJ.com article highlighting many of the changes brought on by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what you need to start thinking about now for your 2018 return! Our own Steven Holt (Chair, Tax, Trusts & Estates), Lynne Strober (Co-Chair Family Law) and Lisa Fox (Member, Tax, Trusts & Estates) give expert analysis on these changes and tips to consider. It is important to plan throughout the year so you aren't blindsided in April when tax time rolls around again.

Family Law Practice Group Publishes its Winter 2017/18 Family Law Spotlight

November 29, 2017

Read the latest issue of the Family Law Spotlight, the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group's quarterly newsletter!

Lynne Strober Answers NJ.Com Biz Brain Reader's Question on Protecting Inheritance Before Marriage

November 17, 2017

Lynne Strober, Chair of the Firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group, recently answered a nj.com Biz Brain reader's question on "Protecting an inheritance before marriage."

David Carton Answers Nj.Com Biz Brain Readers Questions on Dealing with Credit Issues During Divorce

October 16, 2017

David Carton, a Member in the Firm's Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group and a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, was recently asked to answer a question posed by a nj.com Biz Brain reader on what to consider for your credit before you file for divorce. You can read David's answer here:

Family Law Alert: Standard of Analysis for Relocation

September 26, 2017

The Matrimonial and Family Law Department has just issued a Family Law Alert regarding the "Standard of Analysis for Relocation" following a recent decision by the Supreme Court. Learn more about this important change here and how it could impact your case.

Laurie Woog Authors Article for The Matrimonial Strategist on Divorce and the Undocumented Spouse

August 24, 2017

Laurie Woog, Of Counsel to the Firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Department recently authored an article for The Matrimonial Strategist on "Divorce and the Undocumented Spouse.

Spring 2017 Family Law Spotlight

May 2, 2017

We are pleased to share the first issue of our new publication "Family Law Spotlight," published by our Matrimonial and Family Law Department. To view this month's issue, visit https://lnkd.in/gvVdrFd

Member Lynne Strober, President of The Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court Is Moderating a Presentation On September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Lynne Strober, Chair of the Family Law Department, is the President of The Barry Croland Family Law American Inn of Court for the September 2015 – June 2017 term. She will be moderating the first program of the second cycle: “After 100,000 Divorces, How To

Navigating Divorce with Compassion and Strategy with Rebecca Frino

February 12, 2024

Rebecca Frino, Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, brings a strategic touch to divorce proceedings, acknowledging the personal nature of family law. She recognizes the emotional complexities involved, emphasizing the importance of integrating humanity into a system often perceived as clinical. Rebecca offers clients space to process emotions, providing guidance and empowerment through empathy and legal experience.

Lynne Strober Addresses Mental Health Issues That May Impact a Divorce

February 2, 2024

In a recent courtroom drama, Lynne Strober, a seasoned family law attorney, confronted an unprecedented situation. Her client, likening herself to a robot, voiced subservience to her spouse’s wishes. Strober promptly flagged this concerning declaration to the judge, advocating for a thorough mental evaluation. She stresses the necessity of prioritizing client well-being and collaborating with medical experts in such delicate cases, highlighting the intricate interplay between legal proceedings and mental health considerations.

The Victims Assistance and Survivor Protection Act Set to Reshape the Legal Landscape of Domestic Violence Claims in New Jersey

January 22, 2024

The Victims Assistance and Survivor Protection Act (VASPA) in New Jersey, effective January 1, 2024, addresses gaps in restraining orders for stalking or cyber-harassment victims without a defined relationship with the perpetrator. Superseding previous legislation, VASPA expands protections, allowing victims to obtain orders irrespective of their connection to the alleged actor. While it bridges legal deficiencies, challenges emerge in balancing victim protection, preventing misuse, and managing potential court filing surges impacting the judiciary’s efficiency.

You Can’t Return an Agreement Like You Can Ugly Sweaters

December 28, 2023

In Negron v. Benitez, the Appellate Division rejected a plea to reconsider a custody-modifying consent order, citing no significant changes in just four months. The case illustrates common “buyer’s remorse” in family law. If entering agreements this holiday season, beware—they might endure, and the difficulty of undoing terms is costly, time-consuming, and likely burdensome.

The Intricate Intersection of Divorce, Mental Health, and Child Custody Battles

November 17, 2023

Divorce is a deeply distressing experience, unleashing emotions like sadness, fear, and anger. Mental health challenges exacerbate the stress, especially when vying for child custody. Courts rely on experts to assess parental well-being, focusing on behaviors to safeguard the child’s best interests. Protective measures, like supervision and counseling, are implemented. A custody trial may involve various professionals and agencies. Mental health issues demand ongoing attention, and parents must prioritize their children’s well-being, even seeking therapy to navigate the challenges of co-parenting.

Video: Gray Divorce

October 9, 2023

David Carton, Co-Chair of our Matrimonial and Family Law practice, dives into the intricate world of Grey Divorce, where individuals over 50 navigate the challenges of parting ways. From reevaluating retirement plans and extended alimony considerations to financial intricacies and evolving family dynamics, he will explore the unique facets that shape this journey.

Video: Rebecca’s Journey to Family Law

October 5, 2023

From mapping neural pathways to untangling legal disputes: Dive into the unexpected journey that led, Rebecca Frino, from the OR to the courtroom.

A Look at Temporary Restraining Orders

October 3, 2023

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to unite and support victims and survivors of abuse. New Jersey has one of the strongest Domestic Violence laws in the United States. It offers victims of domestic violence immediate protection, and if restraints are made permanent, the Final Restraining Order is extremely difficult to get lifted […]

Prioritizing Privacy in Family Law Cases

September 15, 2023

Whether you are a well-known figure in the entertainment industry, a celebrated sports personality, a thriving business mogul, or a member of our community facing unique circumstances, privacy becomes paramount when it comes to personal matters like family issues. This is where a family lawyer’s commitment to valuing a client’s privacy plays a crucial role. […]

The Rise of Prenuptial Agreements: Why You Should Consider One

September 7, 2023

Approximately half of all first marriages end in divorce in the United States. The rate of divorce is even higher for those who marry multiple times. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to consider protecting your income and assets to reduce financial uncertainty in the event of death or divorce? The Growing Popularity of Prenuptial Agreements […]

Listen Now: Insights on Dating During Divorce and Alimony Impact with Lynne Strober, Esq.

August 17, 2023

Co-Chair of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice group, Lynne Strober, Esq., was a guest on “The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz” podcast on CRN Digital Talk Radio. Listen now to gain insights into dating during a divorce action and its potential impact on alimony.

Co-Chair of Matrimonial and Family Law, David S. Carton, Receives New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Law Recertification

December 2, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC, PC congratulates Co-Chair of Matrimonial and Family Law, David S. Carton, on his recent recertification in Matrimonial Law by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. What is a certified matrimonial law attorney? Taken from the NJ Judiciary’s website, a certified matrimonial law attorney is an attorney who is “able to demonstrate sufficient levels of […]

Understanding the Often-Complex Legal Process in Domestic Violence Cases

October 17, 2022

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it’s important to take a moment to understand what domestic violence is and look at what can often be a complex legal process. What is Domestic Violence? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or […]

WHAT IS THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS AND WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE ONE OF THEIR FELLOWS?

July 5, 2022

AAML is a national organization with chapters in most states.  There are approximately 1,650 Fellows in the United States and 52 Fellows in New Jersey.  Our Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober is proud to be one of those Fellows. The AAML is dedicated to providing and promoting the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in […]

Divorce and the Child With Special Needs: Be Aware of Child Support Payments

February 24, 2022

Depending on which statistics you believe, between 40 and 50 percent of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation, and second marriages fare even worse. While there is no such thing as a "typical" divorce, a divorcing couple that has a child with special needs faces an even more complicated series of decisions and choices than most. Family law attorneys, often well trained in the complicated and emotionally charged world of divorce settlement, may not have all of the answers for the divorcing parents of a child with special needs. In these cases, it is important to meet with a special needs planner to discuss options for your child. One important consideration is the impact child support payments will have on the child's eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Who gets custody? Shared Parenting continues to attract attention nationally

February 10, 2022

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 PC 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.

A 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.

February 10, 2022

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.

HOW COVID IS MAKING DIVORCE CASES MORE COMPLICATED

February 10, 2022

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.

A Throuple Can Buy a House. What Other Legal Rights Do Throuples Have?

September 7, 2021

If you're not familiar with throuples yet, you probably will be sometime soon. Throuple is the trendy term for a polyamorous relationship between people who claim an equal and exclusive commitment with each other. We're not talking threesomes, but three in a couple.

Family Law Alert: NJ Supreme Court Modified Court Rules and Procedures

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020 By David S. Carton and Lynne Strober In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Supreme Court has entered an Order substantially modifying our Court Rules and Procedures. We will continue to stay on top of any changes, but we thought the portions that apply to the Family Part would be […]

5 Tips for Co-Parents Navigating Through COVID-19 Issues in New Jersey

March 20, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has created a stressful dynamic for many divorced co-parents in New Jersey, as well as couples who are in the process of getting divorced. During this difficult time, you may be dealing with crucial issues of custody, parenting time, communication, and the enforcement and payment of support obligations.

How Much Does Divorce Cost?

March 4, 2020

David S. Carton, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group, was quoted in a Fox Business article about the cost of divorce.

Calculating Alimony in New Jersey as a Result of the Tax Code Changes

February 24, 2020

Recent Cases That Protect LGBTQ Rights

August 28, 2018

As a Firm that supports LGBTQ individuals, we are excited to share two case studies from Family Lawyer Magazine that help to establish precedents which protect their rights. In both of these cases same-sex couples rights were being undermined under the guise of "religious liberty."

Family Law Practice Update on New Decision About Children's Student Loans and Marital Separation Agreements

August 12, 2018

Our Family Law Practice Group takes great pride in keeping you informed of the latest family and matrimonial law decisions. There is a recent unpublished Appellate Division decision that we wanted to make you aware of that is causing significant discussions among family law practitioners. While unpublished decisions are not considered precedent setting, they can be provided to a Court for consideration in like cases. This particular decision involves whether or not children can be required to obtain and be responsible for student loans as part of a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Read on to see what the Appellate Court said in MFW v. GO.

Decision Making in Divorce Cases Involving Children With Special Needs

February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 By Lynne Strober Making decisions with regard to educational and medical issues involving a special needs child can be challenging for parents under ordinary circumstances, but is further complicated when parents who are divorced or in the midst of a divorce action are unable to agree on such important issues. Most judgments […]

The Use of Social Media in Family Law Cases

December 11, 2017

Family Lawyer Magazine  https://familylawyermagazine.com/articles/social-media-and-family-law-cases/ The legal profession is utilizing social media to gather information about clients, potential clients, opposing parties, witnesses, jurors, and even judges. Increasingly, social media information has also become valuable in family law cases. It can be used as a basis to assert claims of cohabitation, challenge custody, address alimony, etc. Often, […]

Family Law Decision Alert: Domestic Violence, Siblings and Covert Surveillance

May 3, 2017

The Firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Department has issued a Family Law Decision Alert following a recent case decision in a domestic violence case between siblings. To view this alert, please visit: https://lnkd.in/daPh6is

New Child Support Termination Law's Impact on the Special Needs Child/Adult

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 By Lynne Strober New Jersey’s new child support termination statute took effect on February 1, 2017 and applies to all child support orders issued prior to or after its effective date, and will impact divorced parents of disabled dependents. It establishes 19 as the age when all court-ordered obligations to pay or […]

Member Lynne Strober Discusses How the New Alimony Statute Defines Cohabitation and What It Could Mean for You

February 13, 2016

The law on the impact of cohabitation on the entitlement to alimony has changed. The law had required that two people live together in a relationship tantamount to marriage before that relationship could terminate a payor’s obligation to pay alimony to a former spouse. Then

Children and the Ex-Spouse’s Paramour – Members Lynne Strober and David Carton Provide Analysis of the Recent Mantle v. Mantle Decision

February 12, 2016

For many years in New Jersey, there has been a moral/legal debate on whether and to what extent children of a marriage should be exposed to the new romantic partner of one of the parents once the parents are separated or divorced. The first decision dealing

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Appellate Division Weighs Public Contract Bid Rules in Issue of First Impression

December 5, 2023

On November 30, 2023, the Appellate Division affirmed the Camden County trial court’s decision in Ernest Bock & Sons-Dobco Pennsauken Joint Venture v. Township of Pennsauken and Terminal Construction Corp., holding that the New Jersey Public Works Contractor Registration Act, N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.48 to -56.57 (“PWCRA” or the “Act”), applies to a joint venture formed for […]

Raj Gadhok to Present for NJICLE’s “What is a Tevis Claim and What Does it Mean for My Divorce?

November 20, 2023

Navigating divorce cases in New Jersey often involves addressing domestic violence and abuse allegations. This is where the Tevis Claim often comes into play. It is essentially a personal injury claim you can bring against your spouse in the divorce complaint if instances of domestic violence have occurred. While opting for a Tevis Claim has […]

Going Green and Staying Out of Legal Trouble: The Art of Green Marketing

November 17, 2023

In today’s environmentally conscious world, green marketing has become a significant trend for businesses aiming to attract eco-minded consumers. Companies often use eco-friendly claims to promote their products and services, but they must tread carefully to avoid lawsuits and maintain their reputation. In this blog, we’ll explore green marketing and suggest some steps companies can […]

Client Alert: Corporate Transparency Act

November 16, 2023

On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) will become law and will impose reporting obligations which will impact millions of small businesses across the United States. It is critical for business owners to understand the CTA reporting requirements as failure to comply can result in both civil and criminal penalties. If you own […]

Your Health, Your Choice: A Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

November 7, 2023

The Medicare open enrollment period runs through December 7th, 2023.   Medicare adjusts costs, coverage, and accepted providers on an annual basis. If you have received “Evidence of Coverage,” or an “Annual Notice of Change,” from Medicare, now is the time to review your coverage, and, if necessary, make changes to your Medicare healthcare plan to better […]

Three Major Differences Between Recourse and Non-Recourse Loans

November 1, 2023

Borrower / Guarantor Liability Recourse – The borrower (or guarantor) is personally liable for the full amount of the loan, including any debt remaining after the collateral is foreclosed upon and sold. To satisfy the remaining debt, the lender can look to the individual assets of borrower (or guarantor). Non-Recourse – The borrower (or guarantor) […]

Chris Zona: Becoming a Trial Attorney

October 30, 2023

Despite the absence of legal role models, Chris Zona’s ambition as a trial attorney persisted. Immersed in civil and commercial law from an early age, Chris remained resolute. As a Senior Special Prosecutor, he broadened his horizons, delving into civil and commercial law. Join Chris in this exclusive feature, tracing his trajectory from law school to his adept handling of diverse cases, from serious felonies to complex white-collar offenses and healthcare law.

Navigating Back-to-School Safety: Preventing the Most Common Injuries

August 13, 2023

As the school season kicks into gear, safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we are committed to ensuring your children have a safe and joyful academic year. While schools are expected to provide a secure learning environment, the reality is that unintentional injuries can occur on school grounds, around buses, and even in the neighborhood. It’s a collective responsibility of parents, students, school staff, and the community to take proactive measures to safeguard our children.

Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Subchapter V: Vincent J. Roldan Sheds Light on Conflicting Court Rulings in the ABI Law Journal

June 26, 2023

Discover the latest in the still-evolving landscape of Subchapter V. This insightful article, published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal, examines the application of nondischargeability provisions to corporate debtors. Written by Vincent J. Roldan, a Partner in Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights, and Banking and Financial Services groups, this piece sheds light on conflicting court […]

Insights from William Barrett: New York County Dental Society Article Explores Cybersecurity Risks in Dental Practices

June 22, 2023

Dental health professionals handle a vast amount of sensitive patient data, ranging from personal information to medical records. To protect themselves and their patients, it’s important for them to understand cybersecurity risks and take appropriate measures. Staying aware of the latest threats and trends is crucial for adequate protection. Learn about some of the ways […]

Professional Liability Insurance for Dentist Owners: Types of Coverage Recommended

March 23, 2023

As a dentist owner of a practice, your top priority is to provide quality dental care to your patients. However, despite your best efforts, malpractice lawsuits can still occur. Therefore, it is crucial to have professional liability insurance to protect yourself, your practice, and your employees from the financial burden of a lawsuit. In this […]

Filial Responsibility: Requiring Adult Children to Pay for Aging Parents’ Care

July 6, 2022

Did you know that in many states you could be responsible for your parents’ unpaid medical bills? In fact, more than half of all states currently have laws making adult children financially responsible for their parents, including their parents’ long-term care costs. However, these laws are rarely enforced. Notably, New Jersey does not have filial […]

Top 5 Tips for Commercial Real Estate Brokers for Achieving Better Exclusive Listing Agreements

July 5, 2022

Any Exclusive Listing Agreement should cover both a sale and a lease. Deals change and you want to be protected for either scenario. The Exclusive Listing Agreement must have a definitive end date and cannot contain automatic renewals. As to payment of the commission on a sale, include language that the commission will be paid […]

The Tax Consequences of Selling a House After the Death of a Spouse

July 5, 2022

If your spouse dies, you may have to decide whether or when to sell your house. There are some tax considerations that go into that decision.  The biggest concern when selling property is capital gains taxes.  A capital gain is the difference between the “basis” in property and its selling price. The basis is usually […]

WHAT IS THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS AND WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE ONE OF THEIR FELLOWS?

July 5, 2022

AAML is a national organization with chapters in most states.  There are approximately 1,650 Fellows in the United States and 52 Fellows in New Jersey.  Our Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober is proud to be one of those Fellows. The AAML is dedicated to providing and promoting the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in […]

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