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Gary L. Borger Esq. Will Be Speaking On Matrimonial Law At The New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar

April 27, 2017

Gary L.Borger, Esq. will be a co-panelist at the annual NJ Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar. The theme for his group is “Preparation For A Divorce Trial.” The topics covered during that seminar are 60, 20, and 7 Days Before Trial, Case Theme, Preparing Witnesses, Preparing Exhibits, and Motions In Limine. The event will be hosted at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ April 27-28. Gary’s participation will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on the 27th. For further information contact the New Jersey Association for Justice at their website, https://www.nj-justice.org/ .

October 20 No Worries Event To Raise Money For Kids With Cancer

September 14, 2016

Camp No Worries is a week-long sleepover camp for children suffering from cancer – and their siblings – who are between the ages of 6 and 16. The event is being held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Woodcrest County Club in Cherry Hill.  There is no charge for children and their siblings to attend the camp, but it costs about $1,000 per camper for the week’s activities. Camp No Worries’ budget is funded solely by charitable contributions and the more donations that are received, the more children are able to attend.

The law firm of Borger Matez is a platinum sponsor and proud supporter of the “No Worries” event. We hope to see you there!

Deena L. Betze Esq. Appointed To Board of Trustees Of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Of Mercer/Burlington Counties, New Jersey

April 20, 2016

The law firm of Borger Matez is pleased to announce that Deena L. Betze, Esq. has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey. CASA “provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of county-based CASA programs. Working through community volunteers, these programs advocate on behalf of children in foster care and out-of-home placements to ensure their well-being and ultimate placement in safe and nurturing permanent homes.”

Bruce Matez Esq. Chosen Again As A Top Attorney By Super Lawyers

March 24, 2016

Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters organization) is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Congratulations Bruce Matez Esq. on attaining this prestigious peer rating for another year. Click on the Badge Image to view his Super Lawyer profile.

Bruce Matez Esq. Is Selected As A Top Attorney By Super Lawyers

December 8, 2015

Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters organization) is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Congratulations Bruce Matez Esq. on attaining this prestigious peer rating. Click on the Badge Image to view his profile.

Gary Borger Esq. Speaks At NJAPM On Amendments To The NJ Alimony Statute

June 13, 2015

Andrew Smith, Esq., MBA, APM, President, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators reported “the dialogue throughout the day created impactful mediation strategies and synergies for attendees. Each presenter’s contribution was vital to our success.” Gary Borger served and presented on the panel:  Divorce Reform & Changes in Settlements: A View From the Trenches.

The Golden Cradle Adoption Awareness Walk

May 18, 2015

Deena L. Betze, Esq. and the law firm of Borger Matez, P.A. are proud to sponsor and participate in The Golden Cradle Adoption Services, inc. Adoption Awareness Walk. On May, 18th at 10 AM Golden Cradle is holding their annual Adoption Awareness Walk at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. Sponsors and Participants can help the organization reach its goal by contacting  Kathy Hawk at khawk@goldencradle.org or by calling her at 856 428-1180 . Deena is general counsel for Golden Cradle and helps the organization each year in their fundraising efforts. Learn more at http://www.goldencradle.org .

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Bruce P. Matez ESQ. Selected As One Of The Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in NJ

Bruce P. Matez ESQ. has been selected as one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in NJ for 2015 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. ASLA’s award is for those attorneys recognized by their peers as being highly skilled in their practice of Family Law. Bruce P. Matez ESQ. is honored to receive this accolade.

Bruce Matez Esq. Named As One Of South Jersey’s Awesome Attorneys

Bruce Matez Esq. has been named by thousands of South Jersey residents as an “Awesome Attorney” for 2014.

The accolade appears in this December’s issue of South Jersey Magazine. The magazine dubs these sought after attorneys as the “legal eagles” of South Jersey.

BorgerMatez P.A. Wins Best Of Family Issue – Suburban Family

New Jersey family law firm BorgerMatez P.A., has been named the Family Law winner for Suburban Family Magazine’s “Best of Family Issue” for 2014. Suburban Family/The Art of Living Well Magazine selected their winners by votes cast from their readers.

BorgerMatez Family Law  is one of Southern New Jersey’s top divorce and family law firms and is a leader in bringing Collaborative Divorce to the region. Located in Cherry Hill, NJ, Borger Matez, P.A concentrates its practice in divorce, custody, parenting time (formerly called “visitation”), alimony, child support, equitable distribution of marital property and debt, post-divorce disputes (i.e., custody/parenting time, alimony and child support modification and enforcement), adoptions, domestic violence, cases involving the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS), and all types of family law issues.

Bruce Matez Esq. Briefs The JFCS On Family Law

October 30, 2014

Bruce Matez Esq. recently participated in the Jewish Family and Chidren’s Service of Southern NJ. He provided a 30 minute consultation on family law issues and answered many questions following the brief.

BorgerMatez participates in several community related services throughout the year. Giving back to the South Jersey community is a BorgerMatez proviso.

New Jersey Alimony Reform

September 10, 2014

On September 10, 2014, Governor Christie signed into law long-awaited changes to the NJ alimony statute (NJSA 2A:34-23).  While NJ still does not have “alimony guidelines” as is the case with child support, nonetheless, the changes clarify the law in many regards, giving judges, attorneys, and divorcing couples better guidance in the area of alimony than has been the case heretofore.

  1. Elimination of Permanent Alimony; Duration of Alimony:  The term “permanent” has been removed from the alimony statute and has been replaced with “open durational.” This places alimony recipients on notice that they cannot expect necessarily to receive alimony forever, as some might have thought in the past when they were awarded or where their agreement provided for “permanent” alimony as was often the case in long-term marriages. The statute does establish outside guidelines for the term (length) of alimony in marriages of less than 20 years duration. The statute now states that the total duration of alimony shall not “except in exceptional circumstances” exceed the length of the marriage (presumably measured at the time of trial or settlement). Note:  This is a maximum duration and now takes into account, for the first time, the period of time of support having been paid during the pendente lite period (i.e., while the case was pending and after a judge fixes an interim (pendente lite) amount of support to be paid until the case is finalized. This is especially important in those counties where it takes years to finalize a case due to a shortage of judges in the Family Part. The judges are further directed by the statutory amendments to apply the statutory factors for establishment of alimony in determining the duration of alimony in each case.
  2. Effective Date:  While the statutory amendments do not reduce the length of alimony being paid by former spouses whose cases were concluded prior to September 10, 2014, there are provisions in the amendments to the statute which will potentially benefit or at least clarify when “permanent” alimony may end as described below.
  3. Standard of Living:  This has been and remains the starting point for determining how much alimony a spouse “needs.” While it has always been the law under prior decided and reported cases (known as “case law”), the statute as amended now makes it clear that the standard of living of both spouses must be considered by the judge in fixing the amount of alimony.
  4. Retirement as a Basis for Termination of Alimony:  While retirement has always been a basis for termination (or at least modification, i.e., reduction) of alimony, the statute now adds specifics to termination or modification of alimony upon the paying former spouse’s retirement and even for the first time allows a paying former spouse to apply to the court for a ruling on termination or reduction in the amount of alimony based on a projected retirement. While case law has not afforded the alimony payor any relief in the case of early retirement, the law was far from clear on what retirement age was appropriate for a judge to terminate or reduce the amount of alimony. The statutory amendments make this clearer as the statute now defines “full retirement age” as the age at “which a person is eligible to receive full retirement benefits under the Social Security Act.” This could be as early as 66 for those born between 1943 and 1954 or as late as age 67 for those born in or after 1960 (with those born between 1954 and 1960 being eligible for full Social Security retirement benefits at ages in between 66 and 67. Achieving full Social Security retirement age now creates a rebuttable presumption that alimony should terminate once the paying former spouse reaches full Social Security retirement age. The alimony recipient still can seek continuation of alimony if he or she can overcome the rebuttable presumption created by the payor having reached full Social Security retirement age in which case the judge is required to apply the alimony establishment factors to determine whether termination or modification (and, if so, by how much) of alimony is appropriate. It remains the law that if the payor seeks to retire before full Social Security retirement age, he or she must prove that the proposed or actual retirement is reasonable and made in good faith.  Factors now are set forth in the statute to help the judge determine whether the proposed or actual retirement at less than full Social Security age is reasonable and in good faith.
  5. Involuntary Loss of Employment due to no Fault of the Employee: There has been inconsistency from county to county and even from judge to judge within a county as to how long one must be out of work before a judge could modify alimony. The statute now establishes a 90-day time period for one who loses his or her job before which applications to modify alimony cannot be considered by the judge. There are additional factors for a judge to consider when the payor is self-employed.
  6. Cohabitation of the Alimony Recipient: Cohabitation by the alimony recipient with another person has always been a basis to seek termination, suspension, or reduction in alimony. “Cohabitation” now finally has been defined by the new law as involving a “mutually supportive, intimate personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken duties and privileges that are commonly associated with marriage or civil union but does not necessarily maintain a single common household.” Therefore, even if the alimony recipient and the third party maintain separate residences, the relationship now can be considered one of cohabitation, triggering consideration of possible termination, suspension, or reduction in the amount of alimony being paid.

This is merely a summary of the changes to the alimony statute in New Jersey. While the facts of each case are determinative of the outcome, at least now there is better guidance or all concerned as to when alimony is appropriate, how much should be paid, when it should end, and under what conditions alimony can be terminated, suspended or modified.

Advice from an experienced New Jersey family law attorney is always critical in determining how the amendments to the alimony statute apply to your situation.

Child Support Amnesty Week

April 28-May 3, 2014

For the week of April 28-May 3, 2014, the New Jersey Child Support Program will be sponsoring a Child Support Amnesty Week. This Amnesty program is a ONE TIME occurrence that will afford individuals who are past due in their child support payments the opportunity to speak with a Probation representative to:

  • Make a payment
  • Set up a reasonable payment plan and commit to it
  • Discuss the potential discharge of an active child support warrant
  • Discuss the potential of an order modification (change)

Do you owe past due child support? Do you have an active warrant? Let’s talk! Come Into your local probation office between April 28-May 3, 2014 to reach an agreement regarding your child support arrears and future payments. This is your ONE opportunity to do the right thing without the fear of penalty or warrant execution.

Bruce Matez Esq. interviewed on Lunch With The Boss

24 October 2013

Bruce Matez, Esq. was interviewed on Scott Tanker’s internet radio show: Lunch with the Boss. He discussed various issues in divorce and family law. Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce were highlighted as alternatives to the more contentious process of divorce in today’s courts.

Firm Dinner at Seasons 52

28 August 2013

The BorgerMatez Firm recently got together for an impromptu dinner at Seasons 52 in Cherry Hill. The dinner was planned by Wendy Pennington the Office Manager (far left in the picture.) There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the camraderie in a non-working environment. Many good stories and laughter were shared by all. Everyone commented on how much they enjoy working with one another. We are all looking forward to Wendy’s next Firm event!

Gary Borger Esq. and Bruce Matez Esq. featured in Suburban Family Magazine

June 2013

Cherry Hill, N.J. (June, 2013) – Gary Borger Esquire and Bruce Matez Esquire were featured in the June 2013 issue of Suburban Family Magazine. The article “A Forward-Thinking Approach to Divorce ” explains the new field of Collaborative Divorce. You can catch the cover here (PDF), and read the article here (PDF).