LGBT: Marriage Yes; Fertility Treatment - Not in New Jersey

In what may be considered more of a constitutional or even insurance law issue, rather than a family law issue, two lesbian couples have filed a federal civil rights suit challenging the constitutionality of the New Jersey law that requires insurance companies to offer fertility treatment to heterosexual women, but not to those in same-sex relationships.

Grandparent Visitation Rights – A Complicated Issue For Courts

Grandparent visitation rights is a complicated issue for the courts.  On the one hand, you have the rights of the parents to determine how they raise their child – including to determine to whom the child is exposed.  On the other hand, you have the grandparents, who desire to have a relationship with their grandchild.

Ambiguous Property Settlement Agreement – It’s a “Mess”

New Jersey courts embrace the resolution of marital controversies through a Property Settlement Agreement (“PSA”), which are voluntarily entered into and promote post-divorce stability. Konzelman v. Konzelman, 158 N.J. 185, 193-94 (1999). A PSA sets forth the terms of the negotiated settlement agreement between divorcing spouses..

Can I Reduce My Alimony Obligation?

In order to achieve a reduction of an alimony obligation, a payor must demonstrate that there has been a “changed circumstance.”  If there truly has been a “changed circumstance”, then, sometimes, a modification may be accomplished through negotiations with the former spouse.