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Gathering for Lonegan Press Conferece on Judicial Reform at Newark Courthouse on Wednesday May 13, 2009 !!!


Please note that on Wed. May 13, 2009 at 1:00PM on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Newark, NJ there will be a press conference by Steve Lonegan. As you know, Lonegan is running in the Republican primary for Governor. The central issue of the press conference will be judicial reform in this state. Lonegan is in favor of retention elections for members of the judiciary. This means that members of the judiciary will be appointed for the seven year term and thereafter, will have to be elected to remain on the bench. I urge you to join us on Wednesday for this press conference. This is a first step toward judicial reform in New Jersey.

Bob Vinik


A Must See show for the Holidays 2008

Children of Children - a story of one father who refuses to divorce his kids

December 11, 2008

The Children of Children is a rock opera by that will deeply touch anyone who has lived through the emotionally scarring experience of family break up and divorce. It is the story of breakdown of a marriage, divorce, parental alienation, and emotional damage to the children, but also a story of survival, growth and making the best of a difficult situation.

It is a very emotional and personal story to those having had a close view of family break up. We had a preview of this show at a previous NJCCR dinner. During the performance there was dead silence. When it was over no one was able to speak. It was the story of everyone there.

The performance begins with a teen couple conceiving. They do "the right thing" and get married; then proceed to have another child, embarking on the family journey. Youth and inexperience render them emotionally unequipped to handle the demands of family life, and the marriage dissolves. Both parents lament their predicament and blame each other.

The children take sides, dividing the family in two. The mother vows to turn both children against their father. The daughter complies, foregoing visitations, while the son manages to maintain dual loyalties at his own expense. He tries to salvage the deteriorating family on two occasions, failing miserably at both desperate attempts and receeding even deeper inside himself.

Devastated by the destructive results of her vindictive agenda, the mother initiates a truce for the sake of the children.

The father struggles to find meaning in his life, and more importantly validate his existence. Over time acceptance of his situation fortifies his relationship with his son, and letting go of his baggage leaves him free to fall in love again - this time for the right reasons.

His daughter returns as an adult with a family of her own and a new appreciation for the mistakes that the parents made.

This show is a must see for those touched by divorce and family break up. It plays at 45 Bleecker St. New York City Friday - December 12, 2008 @ 10:30pm, Friday - December 19, 2008 @ 10:30pm and Friday - December 26, 2008 @ 10:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge and are only $25.00 plus ticket fee. Directions and Parking By Subway: Take #6 to Bleecker St. Take B,D,F or V to Broadway / Lafayette. Take R or W to Prince St. stop and walk North and East to Bleecker and Lafayette. (The N train is also scheduled to stop at Prince Street late nights and weekends.)

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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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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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