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.

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