Saturday, January 30, 2016

Divorce Complaint Dismissed For Lack Of Jurisdiction

Although divorce can seem like a simple proceeding at first, not only can problems arise between the parties but also in bringing the case itself. In Appelbaum v. Huff, the court granted a motion to dismiss the divorce claim on the basis that the plaintiff was not a bona fide resident of New Jersey for the statutorily required one year immediately preceding the filing of the divorce complaint. In order to the courts of NJ to have what is called subject matter jurisdiction over an individual, said individual must have been a resident for the statutory one year period. Subject matter jurisdiction is not waivable and can be raised at any time during a matter. This is but one example of the pitfalls that can cause substantial delay or even dismissal of your case. There are a multitude of similar court rules which are hard to know without substantial experience in such matters. In the event you are considering divorce, it is always important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney before filing an action in court. For more information about divorce, child custody, child support, alimony or other family law matters visit This blog is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of an attorney.

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