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Kozyra & Hartz, LLC Is Pleased To Announce That Margarita Romanova Has Joined The Firm As An Associate.

May 23, 2018

Ms. Romanova joined Kozyra & Hartz, LLC as an Associate in May 2018 and devotes her practice to family law. She handles a variety of matters involving marital dissolutions, spousal support, equitable distribution of property, post-marital disputes, child custody and support and domestic violence issues. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Romanova worked for a boutique matrimonial firm in Morristown and volunteered in the Family Unit of the Legal Services of Northwest Jersey. She graduated from the University of Rochester (B.A., cum laude, 2003) and received her law degree from Rutgers Law School (J.D., 2011). While in law school, Ms. Romanova interned for the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. Thereafter, she completed a clerkship with the Honorable Fred H.(...)

Plenary Hearing Ordered To Determine Children’s Primary Residence

May 15, 2018

WILLIAM H. MONE reports on a recently published decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A New Jersey man appealed the denial of his child support modification motion for his two college-aged children, and the Appellate Division remanded the case back to the trial court for a plenary hearing as to the disputed residence of the children while not living on campus. The father filed an application to eliminate his child support obligation for his two children enrolled in college. In doing so, he asserted that he was the children's parent of primary residence, as the children lived with him while not living on campus while at college. Both children submitted signed affidavits with the father's application, indicating that they were indeed living with him(...)

Barry A. Kozyra Is The Recipient Of The 2017 – 2018 Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award For The Nutley Lodge No. 1290 And The Grand Lodge Benevolent And Protective Order Of Elks

May 10, 2018

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to announce that our partner, BARRY A. KOZYRA, has received the 2017 – 2018 Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for the Nutley Lodge No. 1290 and the Grand Lodge Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The award was presented to Barry for "Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity" for his long-time support of many charitable causes. Congratulations, Barry!

Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court’s Grant Of Security Deposit To Vacating Tenant

May 10, 2018

ROBERT B. SPAWN reports on a recent unpublished decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A recent New Jersey case involved a Plaintiff-Tenant who filed a complaint against a Defendant-Landlord for the return of her security deposit. The Landlord, a real estate company, had leased a commercial property to the Tenant in April 2016, but, after the Tenant experienced numerous break-ins due to an improperly secured window, she asked to terminate her lease early. The Landlord agreed, and the two parties executed a lease surrender agreement on September 30, 2016. Under the lease surrender agreement, the Tenant released the Landlord from any liability or responsibilities under the original lease and forfeited any claims or damages she may have had against the(...)

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC Congratulates Its Colleague Michael J. Rankin For Being Sworn In As A Trustee Of The Essex County Bar Association On April 25, 2018

May 7, 2018

On April 25, 2018, Michael J. Rankin was sworn in as a Trustee of the Essex County Bar Association at the 2018 Annual Awards & Installation Dinner which was held at The Grove in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Mr. Rankin has been a long-time member of the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA), and we commend his continued dedication to volunteering his time to the ECBA. Congratulations to Michael, and to all of the Officers, Trustees and Award Recipients!