New Jersey Lawyer Married More Than 20 Years With Three Children Wants Divorce Complaint Dismissed Because He Was Never Legally Married
In 1993, New Jersey lawyer Michael Mandelbaum was married in a rabbi’s office. He and his wife subsequently had three (3) children together. However, following a 2013 incident in which his wife accused him of domestic violence, she filed for divorce.
Mr. Mandelbaum’s response? He has sought dismissal of the New Jersey Divorce Complaint on the grounds that they were never legally married.
New Jersey family law requires that couples obtain a marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony . Mr. Mandelbaum claims that they did not obtain that license until 16 days after their wedding , which renders their marriage invalid .
Mr. Mandelbaum does not deny his long-term relationship with his wife and acknowledges a moral obligation to take care of her and their children. The question which remains, however, is what relief Mr. Mandelbaum’s wife is entitled to in their New Jersey divorce if they were never legally married in the first place.
The stakes may be particularly high in the Mandelbaums’ case, due to the fact that Mr. Mandelbaum is a member of the family that has an interest in the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, as well as the Vornado Realty Trust, an owner of office and retail space holdings nationwide.
New Jersey family law experts say that the unusual strategy has been used successfully in the past. The requirements for a legal marriage are clear. At the same time, New Jersey Family Court judges may take into consideration whether the parties are acting in good faith, and there may be alternative equitable grounds for granting relief.
As the Mandelbaum case demonstrates, no two New Jersey divorce cases are exactly alike, and you need very experienced legal counsel to recognize those differences and make the right arguments on your behalf. Salvaggio Law Group LLC has a unique approach, designed to meet each client’s needs.