Category Archives: Family Law

Snow Ridden 2015 Family Law Symposium

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County divorce attorney, attended the snow ridden 2015 Family Law Symposium with over 700 other lawyers.  The 2015 Family Law Symposium was delayed by one hour because of the snow but it still was held. He said it was a colossal success! Joseph Noto heard: (1) what a  panelist considered the Top 10 cases in 2014; (2) about the newly enacted Alimony Law Act; (3) about the recently enacted New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act; (4) about the status on a parent taking an infant outside of New Jersey; and (5) what is a spouse’s value in the other spouse’s or their family business.  Joseph Noto said it was vey well conducted and was a necessary thing to attend as a family law attorney to keep up to date on contnuously changing family law in New Jersey.

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2015 NJ Family Law Symposium

Joseph C. Noto, a divorce attorney in Bergen County, will be attending the 2015 NJ Family Law Symposium this comng Saturday, January 24, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunwick. It is being presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section.  He says that the Family Law Section reported that last year over 700 family law attorneys, judges, paralegals and other related professionals gave rave reviews to the last year’s sold out Family Law Symposium.  Joseph C. Noto attended last year’s Symposium and agrees whole heartredly with the raves. Joseph C. Noto said that at the 2015 program, the state’s leading family law experts will once again take him “beyond the basics” with what the Symposium says will be with thought provoking and insightfull presentations. The Symposium says it will be examining many of todays’ cutting edge issues as well as “outside the box” problems which a family law attorney is likely to confront.examining. Joseph C. Noto looks froward to another succesful Symposium and said he will keep you posted on how it went next week.

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NJ Family Collaborative Law Act signed

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative law divorce attorney, was happy to announce that the Governor signed into law the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act, which is to be effective in early December of this year. This now is an other State approved alternative dipute resolution process which the parties may choose in addition to mediation before the parties go into litigation. Joseph Noto says to go to his website www.jnotoesq.com to learn more about the collaborative divorce process. If you are a candidate for this collaborative divorce process this is the way to go.  As a rule you save over 35% compared to the litigation process and it is faster, in the best interest of the family and you can do it without going to court.

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Bergen County Bar Association presentation on Collaborative law Act

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative law attorney, was a panel member, along with several other panel members who belong to the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey group (“CDANJ”), explained to the attending Bergen County Bar Association members the benefits of the collaborative law process and provisions in the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act that will be going into effect early December 2014. Joseph Noto said it went over very well and there may very well be several attorneys seeking to get trained by CDANJ this coming February 2015 in order to then become a member of CDANJ.

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Governor Christie signed the Alimony Bill

Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce lawyer, said that Governor Christie signed the Alimony bill, which law went into effective immediately. In essence it eliminated permant alimony and created duration alimony periods up to the length of the marriage. It also addresses, among other things, the meaning of a cohabitation and how do you do make a post judment motion for a change in circumsance in order to suspend or terminate alimony. Joseph Noto said to please keep your Case Information Statement when you got a divorce since it is needed in a Post Judgment divorce motion. Joseph Noto felt this was long overdue.

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Human Attachment seminar Joseph C. Noto Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer

Learning about the three (3) different types of human attachments people may have from the time of birth and then helping a collaborative divorce lawyer in the collaborative process knowing which attachment a client has is very helpful to know, says Joseph C. Noto, a collaborative divorce lawyer in Bergen  County.  He attended an all day semnar presented by one (1) very qualified mental health professional and one (1) collaborative attorney, who has done over 100 collaborative divorces.  They explained that there are three (3) types of attachments a person may have from birth: (1) a secure one; (2) an anxiety-ambivalent one or (3) an avoidant attachment.  Once the collaborative attorney knows what the parties’ attachments are s/he then knows how to proceed in the collaborative process.  Joesph Noto says it all about “creating and keeping a Safe and Secure base” for the clients while the process is going on.  Each attachment is treated differently by the collaborative attorney in the collaborative process in order to maintain this safe and secure base.   Not easy, but necessary, so that the parties continue to work together to arrive at a resolution that they will be satisfied with.  Joseph Noto also learned that this assesment of an attachment applies to his other clients and in life as well.  He said the seminar was well worth the money.

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Alimony law study commission Joseph C. Noto divorce attorney Bergen County

The Assembly Judiciary Committee met and voted unanimously this week to release AJR-32, which creates an alimony law study commission.

The following groups testified in support of the resolution:

the NJS Bar Association and:

  • Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
  • NJ Coalition for Battered Women
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • NJ Association for Justice
  • National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Essex, Morris, Somerset, Bergen, Camden and Burlington County Bar Association were also on record in support of the resolution
 
The NJ Alimony Law Reform Coalition opposed the resolution.
 
Several suggestions were made for amendments that the committee said it would consider:
 
  • the public appointees to the commission should be certified matrimonial attorneys
  • the appointment of members to the commission should not be the Governor’s exclusive choice.  The Governor as well as legislative leadership should appoint commission members.
  • the commission should include someone from the Alimony Reform Coalition

The resolution now moves to the Assembly for approval.

Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce lawyer, fully supports such a commission.  He said this is long over due.
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child support arrears Bergen County Joseph Noto divorce lawyers

Who gets the child support arrears when the divorced mother dies? Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce lawyer, wants his viewers to know that the answer is: “Child support arrears due a divorcée at the time of her death belonged to her estate, not to her emancipated son, a New Jersey appeals court says. The child’s mother was the obligee and the debt transferred to her estate when she died, the Appellate Division held in Roder v. Roder on Dec. 31.”  Joseph Not says: This is nice to know isn’t it?

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Visitation criminal charges Bergen County Family Law lawyer Joseph C. Noto

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County divorce attorney and Family Law lawyer, gives to his blog viewers a recent ruling that was made in 20-2-2358 S.M. v. K.M., App. Div. (Koblitz, J.A.D.) (10 pp.) where the court granted leave to appeal from an order preventing a father in a pending divorce case from having any contact with his two children until the criminal charges against him, involving an allegation that he pointed a BB gun at his son, are resolved. It reversed and remanded for a hearing before the Family Part judge at which the prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and two family lawyers may be heard. The court relied on Rule 5:12-6 and AOC Directive 03-09, which control visitation decision-making when an abuse and neglect case is being heard in the Family Part while a parent has criminal charges pending. Joesph C Noto says family law lawyers and divorce attorneys should be acquainted with this case when dealing with vistation issues.

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Bill on Right to Same Sex Marriage Divorce Attorney Bergen County Joseph C. Noto

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County divorce attorney, wants to update his bloggers on the status of Same Sex Marriage and the Bill in NJ.  A bill that would etch into statute the right of same-sex couples to marry in New Jersey is on a fast track in the state Senate. The bill, S-3109, scheduled for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Monday, is designed to protect against possible reversal or undermining of the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.  Joseph Noto says he will keep his bloggers updated on this very important Bill.

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