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Legislative Alert - S-1467/A483 Irreconcilable Differences!

Passed Assembly 61-15-4 on 12/11/06



Divorce-Dispute Resolution: Alternatives to Conventional Litigation

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Wed Nov 22, 2006

As the holiday season nears many of us are without our children, some
only see them for a while. Its not easy for many, so lets keep in mind
sharing what you are thankful for with others will help.

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Second Spouses' Group

Posted by
Fathers' and Children's Equality (FACE)
Cinnaminson, NJ

I have been approached by a woman who would like to start a second spouses' organization in New Jersey. She would like to hear from (a.) second spouses in New Jersey who are displeased with supporting a first spouse while the children of the second family remain in need. She would also like to hear from (b.) leaders of similar organizations in other states and provinces, and network with them.

If you fit in either category (A. or b., above), please send your name and email address to me at Second Spouses' Organization and I will forward to the organizer.

Jeff Golden, Acting President
Fathers' and Children's Equality (FACE)
Cinnaminson, NJ


Speedier Divorce Bill OK'd by NJ Senate

Monday, December 4, 2006



Note: Passed Assembly on 12-11-06

TRENTON - The state Senate passed a long-running proposal Monday
that would amend current divorce laws and help speed up the process.

The bill (S-1467), which passed 30 to 5, would add new cause for divorce by
allowing the couple to end a marriage after six months
of "irreconcilable differences."

Current law mandates a couple to have an 18-month separation before
a no-fault divorce is reached. To dissolve the marriage in a shorter
period of time, a spouse would have to cite more serious charges,
such as adultery or emotional and physical cruelty.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Middlesex, a sponsor of the bill, said
divorce is always a sad and difficult occasion but that "by
establishing 'irreconcilable differences' as grounds for divorce, we
will allow couples to move forward with their lives in a civil and
amicable fashion, without undue emotional stress and anguish."

The bill is opposed by family and religious groups in the state, who
fear by making divorce easier, divorces in New Jersey will skyrocket.

Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said
couples with problems may need a year or more to resolve issues and
that six months is way too short of a time to decide if differences
cannot be reconciled.

"By passing this, the state is moving in the wrong direction of
divorce," said Deo. "By maintaining a modicum of fault in divorce
law, it helps couples reconcile in many cases."

The office of Gov. Jon S. Corzine has not taken a position on the
issue, and a spokesman said staffers are currently reviewing the

An identical bill was passed in October by an Assembly committee and
is waiting a vote.

Michael Rispoli: mrispol@gannett.com





Updated: 12/12/2006


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