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Matrimonial and Family Law

Our prominent Family Law Practice Group provides a wide variety of services to our clients throughout New Jersey and New York and has a well-known reputation of being zealous advocates who instill confidence in our clients and protect their interests.

Our practice is devoted to negotiating favorable settlements for our clients, and when the adverse party frustrates that goal, litigating all aspects of family law matters.

We aim to restore order to the chaos that can be caused by divorce. Our attorneys continually demonstrate to the Courts and attorneys of New Jersey that we are committed to our clients’ interests. We appreciate the need for protecting our clients’ privacy in cases of notoriety. Many of our attorneys are also court qualified mediators and are available to mediate or arbitrate matrimonial disputes. The Honorable Michael K. Diamond, the former Presiding Family Part Judge of Passaic County, is a member of our team. Our attorneys also represent clients during the mediation process through the completion of the divorce. Our attorneys regularly write articles and lecture on family law.

We handle the full array of issues arising after divorce such as applications to modify alimony and child support and appeals.

Our family law attorneys have a reputation for ethical and strong advocacy and work hard to achieve the best possible result for each of our clients, and are prepared to try a case if a fair result cannot be obtained through negotiation or mediation. The Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group prides itself on protecting our clients’ interests throughout the negotiation and drafting of often highly complex marital separation, property settlement and prenuptial agreements. In so doing, our lawyers draw upon the considerable and diverse expertise of other departments, including the Trust and Estates, Tax, Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups.

In addition, our attorneys work closely with forensic accountants, appraisers, psychologists, mental health professionals and other experts should the need arise during any proceeding.

Our attorneys are known as very skilled negotiators. While we make every effort to work toward a swift and fair resolution for our clients, our attorneys have extensive litigation experience should a matter proceed to trial.

As advocates for our clients, we handle matters that include:

  • Divorce Actions
    • Equitable Distribution of Assets and Liabilities
    • Alimony
    • Child Support
    • Custody I Time Sharing
    • Relocation
  • Non-Marriage Actions
    • Child Support and related expenses, including college costs
    • Custody I Time-Sharing
    • Palimony
  • Representing parties alleged to have committed or who have been victims of abuse and/or injuries during the marriage (known as a Tevis action)
  • Same Sex Issues
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Adoptions
  • Post-Judgment Disputes
  • Enforcement and Modification of Divorce Agreements
  • Appeals

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 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'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'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'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'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'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!

David Carton and Raj Gadhok Named to New Jersey's Best Lawyers for Families List for 2019

April 9, 2019

New Jersey Family has released its highly-anticipated list of family lawyers parents recommend most. This year's list has 170 attorneys who practice throughout New Jersey. We are excited to share that David Carton and Raj Gadhok have been named to this list. According to New Jersey Family, every attorney on the list was nominated by a parent sharing a real-life experience. For the full list, click here.

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

December 19, 2018

Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett'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 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'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 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

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 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'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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