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Welcome to the NJ Family Law Blog, presented by Gomperts Penza,  McDermott & Von Ellen attorneys. This blog will provide basic information on various family law issues and examine new developments in New Jersey law that may impact divorce and family law issues.

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Accounts. What are they and how can they be utilized in the practice of Family Law.

By: Marisa Lepore Hovanec and Mark Friedman In 2014, federal legislation commonly known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed allowing states to create tax-advantaged savings programs for individuals with qualifying disabilities. These savings programs, now known as 529A ABLE accounts (ABLE accounts), operate similar to traditional 529s in that interest and earnings accrue tax-deferred and distributions are tax-free if used for qualified expenses. However, the definition of a “qualified expense” in ABLE accounts is much broader than with a traditional 529 plan. With a traditional 529 plan, qualified expenses (and penalty-free withdrawals) are limited to Read More

Family Law Special Needs Children
GPMV Remains Open and Committed to Clients

First and foremost, we hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy in these difficult times.  Please be assured that we are working hard to keep your matters moving forward while placing a premium on the safety and security of our clients and staff. As many of you may know, the Courts have moved to virtual hearings.  Our office is equipped with Zoom conferencing so that we can continue to meet the needs of our clients, whether your case involves litigation or mediation.  All of our attorneys are trained mediators and litigators.  Whether your matter is currently pending Read More

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The New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act

On September 10, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the groundbreaking New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act. Although collaborative law has been practiced in New Jersey since 2005, the Act helps solidify some its basic principles and effectively extends the attorney client and work product privilege to qualified collaborative practitioners. Collaborative divorce is a process that brings together lawyers, financial experts and mental health experts in an effort to help couples divorce in a civil, dignified, and cost-effective manner, without going to court. It focuses on the well-being of the entire family. The key is making sure that you Read More

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