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Tag: Marissa Del Mauro

Can Limited Duration Alimony be Modified?

Written by: Marissa A. Del Mauro An award of limited duration alimony sets alimony for a finite period of time. Meaning, at a date agreed upon by both parties and set forth in the parties’ Marital Settlement Agreement, the alimony will terminate. Despite the finite date set in the Marital Settlement Agreement, the New Jersey …

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Private Adoption in New Jersey

Written by:  Marissa DelMauro, Esq. The decision to enter into a private adoption is an exciting one, but it also comes with several questions regarding the process.  In New Jersey, there are two ways to enter into a private adoption: 1) Through an approved agency; or 2) Directly from the birth parents. Before a Complaint …

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Can I Access My Spouse’s Emails?

Written by: Marissa DelMauro, Esq. In the midst of contentious and acrimonious divorces, the question often arises whether it is lawful to access a spouse’s emails without his or her knowledge. Understandably, one may want to view their spouse’s emails for signs of infidelity, for example. The answer is, it depends. First, both Federal and …

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Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO) Divorce Viewed Under the Lens of New Jersey Law

Written by:  Marissa A. Del Mauro, Esq. Recent news outlets have reported that, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have decided to file for divorce after 25 years of marriage.  It has been reported that the divorce will be filed in Washington State, which is a community property state.  This leaves the …

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What Exactly is a Substantial Change in Circumstances Regarding New Jersey Custody Modifications? 

Written By:  Marissa DelMauro, Esq. While child custody is never deemed permanent in New Jersey, it is nonetheless imperative to know prior entering into an initial Court Order with regards to child custody that a future modification to that Order requires a substantial change in circumstance to be shown by the moving party. The New …

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Can I Stop My Ex from Repeatedly Taking Me Back to Court?

As family law attorneys, we have all unfortunately dealt with the scenario of the adversary filing motion after motion to seek the same relief to which they were previously denied.  The question becomes, is there a way to stop this harassing motion practice? The court must carefully review materials submitted to avoid harassing litigation. Kozak …

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Children of Reality T.V. Star Sue For Her Failure to Establish Trust Account

Recent news outlets have blasted Real Housewives of New York reality star Luann de Lesseps for her failure to comply with her 2009 divorce agreement which provided in pertinent part that she was to use her share of equitable distribution monies resulting from the sale of a Hamptons marital home to fund a trust fund …

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New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act and The Teachings of In Re Baby M

It has been thirty (30) years since the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision on the landmark case of In Re Baby M, which banned gestational carrier agreements. In the Baby M case, William Stern entered into a surrogacy agreement with Mary Beth Whitehead, the gestational carrier. Per the terms of their surrogacy agreement, …

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Amendment to New Jersey Court Rules

Making it Easier for Non-Resident Same Sex Couples to Divorce in NJ A new amendment to the New Jersey Court Rule 5:7-1 has eased the roadblock that many non-New Jersey residents face when seeking to terminate a domestic partnership or a civil union that was solemnized in New Jersey. Specifically, now under the Rules of …

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CLIENT ALERT: UPDATE on Tax Bill

New Tax Bill Signed Into Law Will Eliminate The Deduction for Alimony Payments Effective January 1, 2019 Under the new tax bill signed into law on December 22, 2017, effective for all divorces that happen on or after January 1, 2019, alimony payors will no longer be able to deduct alimony payments in their tax …

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