• New Jersey’s Program for Economic Mediation Appoints Weinberger Law Group Attorney

    (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

    The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts has named Weinberger Law Group attorney Carmela Novi, Esq. to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases, a list of credentialed professionals available to mediate financial issues related to a couple’s divorce, including alimony, child support, and division of marital property, as part of the state’s court-mandated economic mediation program. Ms. Novi is now approved to serve as a court appointed mediator in Morris, Essex, Sussex and Bergen vicinages of New Jersey.

    New Jersey’s Program for Mediation of Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases serves couples unable to reach an agreement concerning financial matters during the time of their Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel (MESP). Generally, cases are referred for mediation only after the couple’s MESP date fails to produce a binding result. However, state rules allow that any couple slated for MESP can go directly to mediation, if preferred. Prior to entering mediation, parties are required to provide accurate and complete information to the mediator and to each other, including tax returns, Case Information Statements, and appraisal reports.

    When parties meet, the mediator serves as a neutral third party, there to guide the discussion, but not make any decisions. Benefits of the mediation process include the ability of parties to take an active role in resolving their own disputes and reaching mutually satisfying settlement decisions. In most cases, mediation is also a way for divorcing couples to save both time and money. Like private mediation, court-mandated mediation sessions are confidential.

    “If there is an agreement between the parties, the mediator will send an outline of the terms and provisions of the agreement to the attorneys in a document called the Memorandum of Understanding,” explains family law attorney Bari Weinberger, managing partner of Weinberger Law Group. “Once the details are confirmed and formalized by both parties, their attorneys, and the judge, this agreement may ultimately become the Marital Settlement Agreement or Property Settlement Agreement.” Economic mediation does not address parenting time or child custody matters.

    To qualify as a Mediator for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases, potential mediators must meet certain professional requirements and complete 40 hours of mediation training. Mediators approved for vicinage rosters include attorney-mediators who focus substantially on family law and other experienced professionals in the financial or mental health fields.

    Ms. Novi brings more than 16 years of experience as a matrimonial and family law attorney to her work as a mediator. A graduate of New York Law School and Montclair State University, Ms. Novi has been twice recognized as a "New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star," and continues to successfully handle a wide variety of cases as a practicing family law attorney with Weinberger Law Group. She is experienced with all facets of family law litigation, including contested issues of child support, alimony, college contribution, equitable distribution of assets, domestic violence matters, and prenuptial agreements. Ms. Novi is also experienced in private, pre-litigation mediation, in which she has successfully mediated couples to settlement prior to the filing of a Complaint for Divorce, helping them streamline the process and avoid costly litigation.

    Ms. Novi also holds a number of volunteer and elected positions in her community. She was elected to the Montville Township Board of Education in 2010; is a former board member (and current general member) of the Kiwanis Club of Montville; and is a former member and Chair of the Montville Township Residents with Disabilities Advisory Committee, among her many accomplishments.

    Additionally, Ms. Novi serves as an Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Morris County.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts officially approved Ms. Novi’s admission to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases on January 7, 2013.


  • Pets, Personal Property & Divorce on The American Law Journal Monday Oct. 18, 7 p.m. on Philadelphia CNN-News Affiliate WFMZ

    Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) October 18, 2010

    Tonight live at 7:00 p.m. on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal presents "hot" topics in family law including Divorce & Personal Property: What Are We REALLY Fighting About? Host Attorney Christopher Naughton welcomes Bonnie C. Frost of New Jersey’s largest family law practice Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C. and 30+ year family law veteran Donald F. Spry, II of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC. Joining the discussion is New Jersey psychologist Dr. Lise Deguire.

    The guiding precedent for pet custody in Pennsylvania is known as "the Barney rule." It arose from a 2002 case, DeSanctis v. Pritchard, in which a couple had agreed in their divorce settlement to share possession of Barney, their golden retriever-Labrador mix. When the ex-wife remarried and moved away, Anthony DeSanctis went to court to enforce the agreement, arguing that the dog should be treated similarly to a child. He lost.

    "Every state will deal with the distribution of the pet as part of marital assets, but not many will deal with shared custody," says Philadelphia family law attorney Albert Momjian. "Pennsylvania says you can agree on shared possession of a pet, but we’re not going to enforce it."

    Take the story of Dexter the pug. Initially, a court refused to enforce a sharing agreement between Dexter’s divorced owners. But a New Jersey appeals court said that judges can decide who gets so-called "custody" of pets based on their "unique sentimental value." It took two and half years, but Dexter now lives with each owner for part of the year.

    In a recent Maryland case, the judge ordered divorcing spouses to split time with their dog Lucky, six months apiece. With a nod to the increased value of pets in families, the judge used the term previous courts had avoided–custody.

    The program will also examine the latest trends in relocation, visitation, custody and other family law issues.

    Viewer phone calls and e-mails are welcome; toll-free phone number and e-mail address will be announced during the program.

    The American Law Journal broadcasts every Monday at 7PM on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV 69 in the tri-state viewing area. All programs can be viewed on the new program’s website at http://www.LawJournalTV.com.

    Next week: The Legal, Medical and Personal Cost of Overselling Antipsychotics.

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  • Planning Tips for Stress Free Holidays

    (PRWEB) October 12, 2011

    A good plan is like a road map and although families facing separation or divorce may be traveling different routes this holiday season, family law attorney Erika Walsh, a partner, at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP, in Wheaton, Illinois says it is possible to find joy in the holiday season if parents take the time now to plan properly.

    To develop that plan a family and divorce law attorney can work with parents, whether separated or in the process of divorce, to arrange for temporary financial support and avoid last minute appearances in family court. Walsh, who is experienced in helping divorcing families develop plans that can reduce the stress often associated with divorce and the holidays, says the greatest benefit for both parents and children is to know what is coming and how the holidays will be celebrated. “Transitions are difficult for everyone, including the children, but a fair plan will allow everyone to take advantage of time together and to make the best of it,” notes Walsh.

    In the six years practicing as a family lawyer with the nation’s leading matrimonial law firm, Walsh says her experience has shown her the best way to develop a holiday plan is to:

    Be creative and consider new traditions.

    Yes, things will be different, she acknowledges. Different is hard but it doesn’t have to be horrible. It’s important to establish a new normal for the family, advises Walsh. The reality is you are divorcing. Once you establish the new normal everyone settles into it and will become comfortable with it, she adds. The plan could call for Mom to get the kids one year for Thanksgiving and for Dad to have them next year. That doesn’t mean you can’t have Thanksgiving with your kids each year, she says. Maybe in alternate years, you have Thanksgiving on Friday instead of Thursday. You still can celebrate and have that family time and create memories. In fact, it can be a bonus for the kids – they get two Thanksgivings. “It’s different and it requires adjustments but change doesn’t have to be bad,” she notes.

    Develop a budget.

    Because divorce can cause such acrimony sometimes people act badly during divorce proceedings and one spouse may find the credit card is being denied or the checking account is running low. Walsh says the best thing for both parents is to work out a budget well in advance of the holidays so that temporary support issues can be resolved by agreement or by hearing before the crush of the holidays. While gifts are important, the best gift you can give your children is the gift of time and a stress free holiday without escalated conflict.

    Pay attention to your emotions.

    Resist the urge to get into a tug of war. Oftentimes it’s Christmas morning that causes the greatest power struggle. Seldom is it for the kids’ benefit. It’s more about the ongoing struggle between the parents. “A parent can become so entrenched in their position they don’t realize they contribute to their own acrimony,” Walsh has observed. “If parents can focus on the most important goal for the holiday and manage their emotions, it is better for the family as a whole.”

    Focus on finding joy in the holidays.

    There is still joy to be had. Making it great for the kids will also make it better for you. When you know in advance your kids will be with their other parent you can make plans for yourself and plan to be with friends and other family members so you are not sitting home alone on Christmas Eve. Knowing in advance can you can fill that void, she adds.

    The holidays require adjustment, but change doesn’t have to be bad. Planning empowers you to find the joy in the holiday during and after a divorce, and there’s no reason not to plan,” adds Walsh. Christmas falls on the same day each year yet it is not uncommon to see family lawyers and their clients appearing before a judge on December 23rd. “This creates a great deal of emotional turmoil that can be easily prevented if the parents are proactive and develop a plan in advance of the holidays,” she concludes. The earlier the better and now is not too late.

    Erika N. Walsh is a family and divorce law attorney experienced in all aspects of family law, including child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, maintenance, property characterization and division, and prenuptial agreements in complex family law matters. She can be reached at (630) 784-7412 or ewalsh(at)sdflaw(dot)com. Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck has been recognized as the largest matrimonial law practice in the United States. Its lawyers counsel clients with a team approach to achieve optimum results for individuals who face marriage dissolutions and other family transitions. More information can be found at: http://www.sdflaw.com



  • Divorce Lawyer in Houston

    The practice of Family Law requires a firm that is familiar with both the complexities of family law and the family courts in which your family law issue will be addressed. Even the best family lawyer is at a disadvantage when dealing with a court that he or she is unfamiliar with. FamilyLawyerInHouston is the web home of The Selesky Law Firm, LLP. We specialize in family law matters in Houston.

    Our goal at the Selesky Law Firm is to provide legal guidance and representation to establish and maintain strong, lasting client relationships. Service to clients is the basis for our practice of law and communication is the focus.

    My website has been designed to provide you with enough information to determine if my practice can be of service to you. On my Family Law page, you will find helpful information regarding some of the key issues in family law. On the Resouces page you will find links to many federal, state, and county resources related to family law in addition to some links to site with general information regarding family law. Or simply call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation.

    Family cases in Houston, like many family cases in Texas, usually start when a divorce petition is filed by the family lawyer representing the party bringing the divorce. The petition for divorce is a formal legal document that contains background information (such as when the marriage and separation occurred and the names, ages, and social security number of any minor children), states the reason a divorce is desired, and requests relief (including child custody, property division, and other matters). Typically, the information contained in the petition is obtained by the family lawyer when the lawyer and client meet to discuss the background facts of the marriage and the reasons for divorce.

    Call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation.

    In the divorce decree, the court must divide all the parties’ community property. The court cannot give the separate property of one spouse to the other spouse, except with the owner’s agreement. Therefore, the divorce lawyers must present evidence to help a court decide whether each item owned by the parties is community or separate property.

    Call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation.

    There is no doubt divorce affects the lives of scores of children in Houston, and throughout Texas. With very few exceptions, divorcing couples with the help of their Family lawyers, can and should agree on the issues of custody and visitation. The agreement should ensure that the child or children maintain close and continuing contact with both parties after the divorce is final. If an agreement is reached, the child or children will be spared the unnecessary and destructive fighting between the parents. Most Family Lawyers in Houston will tell you that most parents rank the priority of their children ahead of all the other issues typically involved in a divorce.

    Call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation.

    The Federal government, as well as the various states, have recognized the dangers and tragedy of parental kidnapping. Texas adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, which is designed to discourage one state from changing another state’s custody order.

    Call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation.

    The Selesky Law Firm provides a Family Law Newsletter, updated periodically, with articles on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, child care issues, bankruptcy, alimony, seperations, and many more topics. If you have questions concerninf a fmily law issue, don’t hesitate to contact us to reach Carl Selesky, an experienced Houston family lawyer.


    The Selesky Law Firm, LLP

    Carl Selesky

    Call (713) 780-9595 for a free initial consultation!


  • Years Of Experience Are Important When You're Thinking Of Hiring The Assistance Of A Family Lawyer Sydney Specialist

    In life, there aren’t any guarantees. Not every marriage is made to last. For those whose relationships hit a stalemate, there is a family lawyer Sydney specialist that you can consult. These lawyers handle all legal family issues, including prenuptial agreements, domestic violence, divorce, custody, child support, adoption, and property rights.

    Looking for family law Sydney offices should not be that difficult. The secret, however, is locating one that can best represent your case. Here are a few points to consider prior to hiring.

    The first thing to consider is experience. Find a family lawyer Sydney organization with years of working knowledge regarding these delicate matters. If you are dealing with a painful divorce, make certain you read carefully through solicitor accreditations and their degrees which should confirm to you that they are indeed right for the job.

    The next step to do is get a good personal reference. Sometimes the best solicitors working for a family law Sydney firm can be challenging to work with. If this sounds like something you encounter right away, try obtaining a recommendation from a person who has already dealt with a lawyer that performs this type of work. This can make a huge difference when it comes time for you and your husband or wife to talk about the details in this problematic predicament.

    Yet another point worth considering may be the final results a family lawyer Sydney expert can present to you.  Hire someone that has worked cases comparable to yours and came out on top. You will not regret using a solicitor that has achieved good results in his chosen field of study.

    Finally, don’t forget to ask about professional fees. Lawyers may be expensive. Ask how much they charge before you decide to hire out their services. If you are unable to pay a family law Sydney office, there are several agencies who do pro bono work.  Consider yourself fortunate if you were taken in for a pro bono court case.

    One of the more difficult aspects that a family law Sydney company is able to do are property settlements. This type of settlement requires a critical look at all your debts and assets in the relationship. After a couple has formally split up, they are able to undertake accomplishing this at any time however the formal divorce is granted within 1 year of registering. Until you go along with your husband or wife away from Court, the negotiation may take as much as two or three years. It is important to also remember that Legal Aid is not available for property settlement purposes.

    The most crucial factor to be decided in a property settlement is usually who is going to be residing where following the divorce proceedings. For example, one partner may stay even though the other relocates elsewhere. In other instances, both spouses might want to move, forcing the marital home to be sold and the assets split. Any other cash or assets also have to be divided evenly between parties. This process often winds up becoming a lot more complicated and arduous than intended.

    Catherine Corle knows an excellent family lawyer sydney specialist working for a reputable family law sydney firm.