Thieme v. Aucoin-Thieme, ___ N.J. ___ (2016).  Plaintiff and defendant cohabited for eight years, were married for a short time, and then divorced.  Before and during the marriage, plaintiff had been a salaried employee of a consulting business, for which he worked long hours and traveled extensively.  The principals of the business promised to compensate plaintiff for his part in the success of the business if the business were ever sold.  While plaintiff was working hard for the bu

Have you ever wondered about the very first opinion ever to appear in New Jersey Reports?  If not (and it’s certainly more than understandable if you have not expended time thinking about that), today is the day to do so, since it was on October 11, 1948 that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Smith v. Hrzich, 1 N.J. 1 (1948).  That opinion was written by Justice Wachenfeld for a unanimous Court.

The issue involved an attempt by plaintiff Smith to annul her marriage to defendant Hrzich on the ground that she was already a party to a common law marriage to anoth

Lombardi v. Lombardi, 447 N.J. Super. 26 (App. Div. 2016).  “[A]limony is neither a punishment for the payor nor a reward for the payee….  It is a right arising out of the marriage relationship to continue to live according to the economic standard established during the marriage.”  Judge Rothstadt’s opinion in this case today quoted this passage from a prior Appellate Division case.  While married, the parties here had substantial income.  But they jointly de