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Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again: October 31st – Halloween. When a family is intact, both parents are able to enjoy helping their children dress up in costumes, chaperone door-to-door trick-or-treating, and join in on the scary story telling.

When divorcing, however, many parents are frightened at the thought of missing this memorable holiday with their beloved children.  “Halloween, like Thanksgiving and the winter break holidays, is certainly an important holiday parents do not want to miss with their children,” explains Ann Edens, a partner with Iandoli & Edens.

Diane Vidal, an associate with Iandoli & Edens, states, “It is best to discuss Halloween at the time of the divorce or separation and divide the time in the best way possible.”  Although this may appear to be a gruesome task, parents who are able to refrain from the howling screams, but instead choose to communicate with one another, typically agree on a method that works for them and their children. A parenting time schedule may help divorcing or separating couples settle their differences. The best part? It doesn’t have to be a scary Nightmare. Alternating the holiday on even and odd years is an option or dividing the afternoon between the parents may also work. “Every family is different. What may work for the Jones’ may be a horrible idea for the Smith’s,” says Stefanie Gagliardi, an associate with Iandoli & Edens. So, put away the fangs and the pitchfork and rest assured that your decision to share Halloween equally will not haunt you in the future. Your children will love you more for it.

Feel free to contact one of our family law attorneys at (908) 879-9499 for a consultation to discuss your family law concerns.  Click onto www.iandoliedens.com for more information.

An article was recently published in the New Jersey Law Journal titled Palimony, Alimony and (Now) Preglimony. Preglimony is not a commonly used term in New Jersey but yet it’s quickly growing into an acceptable form of judicial relief. The attorneys at this office have indeed handled cases involving requests for preglimony.

It is a request for support made by an unmarried pregnant woman from the biological father of her unborn child.  It is a legal matter that does not readily come to mind when thinking of support.  Yet, with advances in technology, paternity can be established long before a baby is born. Therefore, when paternity is established, the pregnant woman can file a claim for financial contribution from the biological father.  The request for support is ideally tailored toward assisting the pregnant woman with paying her medical bills and to obtain the medical treatment that the unborn child requires.

Nonetheless, this form of relief is not codified in New Jersey. The courts are granting relief of this nature based upon receipt of adequate proofs.  Therefore, these types of claims must be appropriately handled. If you are in a situation similar to the one described above, you may want to contact an experienced matrimonial attorney.  For further questions or comments, call us at (908) 879‑9499 and visit our website at www.iandoliedens.com.

Please join us on November 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education for our seminar entitled “Separation & Divorce & Divorce Mediation, an Overview of Divorce and Information on Mediation.”

To learn more about this seminar or the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education visit:  http://www.ssreg.com/morris

Pre-registration and fee are required by the Adult School. To register for this seminar please call the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education at (973) 664-2295.

Please join us on November 8, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the County College of Morris, Randolph Campus for our workshop entitled “Post-Matrimonial Relief – What to Do If Support Does Not Come Through or If Circumstances Change.”

To register for this FREE workshop, please call (973) 328-5025, or e-mail womenscenter@ccm.edu.