Monday, September 15, 2014

The Return of the R Train, New Alimony Laws and Today's Legal Issue

This morning marked the return of the “R” subway train to service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Normally, subway service isn’t something that comes up in my professional world, but because the R train is the most convenient option for getting to my office in Brooklyn, this was fantastic news. It’s been a long time, and a lot of crazy transfers, but it was lovely being able to hop on the R train and get to court this morning.

Across the river in New Jersey, the State Assembly has enacted a new alimony law (a copy of which you can find here), which is sure to add a few wrinkles to divorce practice in New Jersey going forward.

As the morning unfolded, I am confronted with some novel legal issues regarding an order of protection and how far it can in fact be extended. There has been a maelstrom of issues surrounding my client and her family, and we spent some time working on who exactly has done what and how far the damage from these actions actually extends.

In the end, I don’t think the case will go to trial, but at least at this stage, the field is wide open before us. The discovery has begun to roll in and sorting through the various witness statements, videotapes and financial records has proven to be an interesting way to put together what happened earlier this summer. Somewhere in the pile of evidence, the truth is probably staring us all in the face.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to Business - Fall 2014

It’s back to school time and after a few weeks away, I returned to a stack of new matters that were lined up like homework for a child going back to school. The last days of August were quiet, with both offices seeming to be on vacation, but when September 2 arrived, there was a new bustle about both offices. Gone are the summer weddings and days at the beach, replaced by fall weddings (and the influx of prenuptial agreement consultations) and back to school time (with the student loan disbursements and financial aid consultations).

Now that the kids are back to school, the summer schedules of extended visitation with children for the summer are also behind us and many divorcing (and divorced) couples are settling into the school year schedules for their children. Throw in some holidays at the end of September and my inbox is quickly filling up with correspondence regarding minor violations or other small issues that keep us busy when it comes to visitation.

The end of the summer has also brought an uptick in order of protection filings, some of which appear to have been filed as a precursor to the upcoming onslaught of litigation for the fall of 2014.

On the brighter side, as the calendar turned, small businesses are getting ready for back to school season and with the holiday season quickly approaching, there is a definite buzz among those clients whose passion seems to be ignited as the temperature begins to cool.

Throw in the recent technology announcements from Apple and the fall of 2014 is shaping up to be nothing short of entertaining.