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March 2014 Archives

Defenses to Support Registration

An out of state order may be enforced in Pennsylvania following registration of the order here pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S. 7605. Notice will be given to all interested parties regarding the proposed registration. If there is no response, the order will be registered. If a party contests the registration, a hearing will be scheduled. There are several defenses available to a party contesting registration of a support order under 23 Pa. C.S. 7607. First, the party can assert that the court that initially entered the order lacked personal jurisdiction. Second, the party can assert the order was obtained by fraud. Next, the party can establish the order has been vacated, suspended or subsequently modified by another order.

Alternative Methods of Service for NJ Divorce

The New Jersey Divorce Statutes provide for alternate ways to notify the opposing party of a divorce action if you do not have any contact information for the opposing party. One method is by substitute service on a special agent. This method involves serving the complaint on a person who is likely to be able to get it to the Defendant; typically, a close friend or relative. The other method involves publication of the complaint in the county where the Defendant was last known to reside. For either of the above methods, you must get approval by the court first. The court must be satisfied that every effort has been made to locate the Defendant including but not limited to inquiries of the Defendant's friends, family, employer as well as inquiries through the post office, department of motor vehicles, voter registration, and the military. 

NJ Grounds for Divorce

Section 2A:34-2 of the New Jersey Divorce Statutes outlines the different causes of action available for a divorce. The fault grounds include adultery, desertion, extreme cruelty, voluntary addiction or habituation, institutionalization, imprisonment and deviant sexual conduct. Desertion must be willful and continued for a period of 12 months or more. Extreme cruelty can be mental or physical but must be to the extent that it makes it unreasonable to expect the parties to continue to reside together. The fault ground for voluntary addiction refers to addiction to any narcotic drug and/or habitual drunkenness for 12 months or more. Institutionalization for a mental illness must be of a period greater than 24 consecutive months. Finally, deviant sexual conduct is that which is voluntarily performed by the defendant against plaintiff's will. 

Laws Affecting Un-Married Couples

Many courts will recognize legal property and/or support rights arising from cohabitation of non-married parties. Palimony refers to the support obligation that may arise following the end of the relationship. NJ previously recognized palimony claims however a recent change to the law has made it more difficult to obtain by requiring a written agreement on support between the parties. This new statute did not result in the end of all palimony type claims however. Just a few months ago, in Joiner-Orman v. Orman, the court allowed a palimony award for "Wife." The relationship lasted 39 years and "Wife" stayed home to raise the parties' 4 children. The court relied on the doctrine of full performance to justify the palimony award in that "Wife" had fulfilled her end of the bargain as a homemaker and full-time Mom and so allowing "Husband" to leave the relationship without paying support would be unfair. The Orman case is not precedential as it is only a trial court decision and unreported.

Possibility Coaches - April 9, 2014

The Possibility Coaches are hosting another free lecture titled "How to Emotionally Thrive During & After Divorce!" at our Doylestown office on April 9, 2014. Jon Satin and Chris Pattay are the partners behind the Possibility Coaches and focus on empowering men and women alike to lead meaningful lives and engage in healthy, successful relationships. Satin and Pattay started coaching together in 2002 and have labeled themselves as relationship, divorce, and life coaches. As it relates to relationships or divorce, their goal is to help in navigating through the emotional aspects as well as provide a framework for rebuilding to achieve a happier, healthier life. Please contact our office for additional information and to reserve your spot for this free event! Our Doylestown office is located on the 2nd floor at 44 East Court Street.

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