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Nine Ways to Deal with the System in Tough Times

by Henry S. Gornbein

9. Once your divorce is filed, find out as much as you can about the judge.

8. Stay out of court as much as possible because court appearances are costly, not only financially, but also from an emotional standpoint. Judges will not know you or your case unless you are in a situation where you are in court every week on motions or hearings, and often the judge will be getting a very negative impression of you.

7. Make sure that you and your attorney are well prepared before you go to court. Floundering around in court can create a bad impression, and is also costly.

6. Through your attorney, see if your judge is one who will cut court appearances to minimize expense. This can be done by, in some instances, having original pre-trials and some court appearances done by phone if the judge and the other attorney will agree.

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By J. Richard Kulerski

A case is contested if the parties cannot agree and every one of the issues involved in their particular situation. Common areas of disagreement include, but are not limited to, the following: grounds, custody, visitation, division of assets, child support, maintenance (alimony), payment of family debts, contribution toward educational expenses (college or parochial), payment of health insurance for the dependent spouse, income tax structuring, etc.

When a divorce case is filed, it is given an identification number and is deemed by the court to be a matter that will ultimately require trial time in order to resolve all issues. Cases are generally called for trial in the order in which they were filed.

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By Fred Morganroth

The Doctorine of Equitable Estoppel In Paternity Cases

For six years the little girl called him "Daddy". He showed her the love and affection a father shows to a daughter.

Then suddenly, the father, known as "Mr. G." to the Pennsylvania court system, discovered that someone else had really been the child's biological father. He attempted to cut off all ties to the child and the child's mother with whom he had lived with but never married. He also refused to support the child.

It appears that in 1987 he acknowledged paternity of the child thinking he was the father because he had been the mother's only boyfriend when she got pregnant. The child also resembled him.

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By David M. Wildstein, Esq.

Choosing the right attorney may be your most important decision in ending your marriage and successfully beginning the next phase of your life. The right matrimonial lawyer can help provide you with financial security. The wrong lawyer may lead to the loss of marital assets that are rightfully yours or even may result in your losing custody of your children.

You need an experienced and concerned attorney to fight for you, to guide you through the legal process, and to respect your needs. Litigants in divorce cases often change lawyers before the conclusion of their case. Part of the problem is that often clients do not put enough time and effort into selecting their attorneys. To keep this from happening to you, you should choose your lawyer carefully.

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By Risa A Kleiner, Esq.

What is mediation? Mediation is a process in which the husband and wife work with a neutral third party who facilitates an agreement on child support, alimony, equitable distribution and other issues involved in their divorce.

*When is mediation an appropriate alternative to litigation? Mediation may be an appropriate alternative to litigation when both parties seek to resolve their divorce issues by agreement and want to avoid a trial or other adversarial court proceedings. Mediation may not be appropriate if there has been domestic violence in the family, if one party feels controlled by or fearful of the other party or if either party is not willing to provide full disclosure of their income, assets and debts.

*Who should mediate? The mediator is a neutral person, preferably an attorney or mental health professional, who has completed formal training in mediation and has been accredited by the sanctioning body of professional mediators in that given state (New Jersey Society of Professional Mediators in the case of this author).

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