June 7, 2011
IF ARLENE ACKERMAN had ever been through a messy divorce, she would have learned to play the joint-custody game. She would have known to dress the kids in runover shoes and threadbare coats just before their dad picked them up for the weekend. She would know that you never go to the courthouse in designer jeans to petition for more child support. That's how you play the joint-custody game. Each parent hides assets and exaggerates liabilities while the kids play the part of flyspecked waifs.
December 25, 1988 |
In the annals of joint custody, it is written that one child is entitled to two sets of toys, dual wardrobes and twin beds - one in mom's house and one in dad's. As the work world began to be shared, so, too, did custody arrangements. No longer were all divorced mothers at home to provide full-time care, and some divorced fathers wanted to be a part of the parenting chores on a regular basis. Today, however, joint custody has lost some of its allure as courts are looking anew at what's best for children.
April 23, 1989 |
For years, New Jersey divorce courts generally have assumed that children 7 years old and younger are better off with their mothers. That could change with a new bill being sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Faith Kalik (D., Burlington). Kalik's bill (A-4324) would make joint custody the first consideration in divorce proceedings. The bill would help wipe away what has been considered an unfair aspect of state law, according to Marlene Lynch Ford, counsel for the Assembly Democrats.
October 25, 2013
A story in Thursday's Inquirer incorrectly described the financial terms of contract for the scrapping of the USS Forrestal. The Navy is paying All Star Metals 1 cent under the arrangement. An article Thursday that referenced Camden mayoral candidate Clyde Cook's custody dispute did not include the most recent court decision. On Oct. 17, a New Jersey Superior Court judge awarded Cook and his wife, Tanisha, joint custody of their four children.
August 14, 2013 |
A divorced Burlington County woman has to prove that it is in the best interest of her children before she can legally change their names, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday. In doing so, the high court quoted ancient Roman doctrine saying a name is "one of the most permanent of possessions; it remains when everything else is lost. ... When one dies it is the only part that lives on in the world. " "Without a name a person is nothing," the Supreme Court noted in quoting the maxim.
November 19, 1991 |
A Cape May County woman who told police that she was unable to rescue her infant son and 6-year-old daughter from a house fire was charged yesterday with their deaths. Bernadette Jordan, 31, of Erma, was charged by Lower Township police with suffocating Michael Jordan Jr., 15 months, and Frances, a first grader at St. Anne's Catholic School in Wildwood. Investigators with the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said they thought Jordan, after smothering the children, had set fire to the house either in a suicide attempt or to conceal the killings.
June 30, 2012 |
All the celebrisphere is abuzz with the sad yet long-expected news. Katie Holmes, 33, and Tom Cruise, 49, are divorcing, according to People mag and their reps. Reports from the front say she's hired a lawyer, filed the papers on Thursday — five days before the guy turns 50 — and wants sole custody of their daughter, Suri, 6. That renewed the notion, passed along by TMZ.com, that Katie didn't want Suri to get involved in Tom's Scientology (to which, BTW, Kate did convert). Poor Tom. He was evidently clueless about Katie's intentions, according to TMZ As evidence, the Web site ran pics of the two strolling hand in hand in Iceland just two weeks ago, with smiles that suggest no impending nastiness.
January 22, 2012 |
TRENTON - The legal wrangling continues in a divorced southern New Jersey woman's bid to change her children's last name. A state appellate court has overturned a lower court's order that gave the Burlington County woman permission to give her last name to the couple's two children, who took their father's surname at birth. The three-judge appellate panel ruled Friday that the judge who issued the order wrongly presumed the mother should prevail because she is the children's "parent of primary residence.
October 24, 2013 |
Did you hear the one about the man who burned his wife's wedding dress in a backyard bonfire the night she left him? How about the couple, divorcing after 40 years of marriage, who amicably divided their retirement accounts but couldn't agree on who would keep the painting of the little girl on a swing? Or the lesbian couple who sought legal review of their contract with a sperm donor - who happened to be the brother of one of the women? These are not setups to jokes swapped at the bar association cocktail party.
December 19, 1995 |
The Bensalem man who allegedly kidnapped his daughter from his estranged wife two years ago and has been hiding out ever since turned himself in to police in Merced, Calif., on Friday. Robert Anthony Bondello, 38, had taken his daughter, Krystle, on a trip to Chicago in August 1993 and never returned. According to the FBI, Bondello fled with Krystle to California, where he took a job in an auto body shop in Merced and enrolled Krystle in school, both of them going by assumed names.