What is an Early Settlement Panel (ESP)? After the Complaint for Divorce has been filed by the Plaintiff and a responsive pleading has been filed by the Defendant, the Court will enter a Case Management Order. This is an Order that sets out deadlines for certain tasks to be accomplished in the divorce action, such…

If you are going through, or have been through a divorce and want to change your name, there are two ways in which you can effect a name change and several steps that you need to take once your name change has been granted. If the divorce proceedings are on-going and a Final Judgment of…

There is a movement in New Jersey to reform the alimony laws to conform to those recently revised in states such as Florida and Massachusetts.  As a result of this movement, Alimony Reform Assembly Bill A3909 was introduced to the Legislature on March 7, 2013.  If passed into law, this bill would eliminate permanent alimony…

It came in the mail. The dreaded jury summons. I had been called for jury duty at the Superior Court in Flemington. This was the third time in twenty years. Not a big deal. What came to mind were the comments about jury duty I have heard over the years from friends and clients. “Only…

The Consumer Fraud Act regulates home improvements in cumulative excess of $500.00 provided on existing residential properties.  A home improvement provider that is required to comply with these administrative and business practices, but fails to do so, is strictly liable even for unknowing oversights, with no legal defenses.   Establishing sound business practices and utilizing properly…

Bob Shanahan has completed a two-day, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law training session, which was held at the New Jersey State Bar Law Center, on November 19 and 21. Collaborative Law seeks to mediate matters by using the assistance of various professionals to work out differences and create a plan for the future. Primarily used in divorce…

I am frequently asked to explain what “holistic law” means.  The answer is not apparent.  The theory of ‘holism’ is opposite that of “reductionism,” and espouses that a “system” cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts alone, but is only understood by looking at the integrated whole.  The whole is…