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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/24/03
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Communications and Marketing Manager
732-937-7524

NJSBA Opposes Divorce Filing Fee Increase In A3719/S2672

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association announced today that it is opposed to a provision in A 3719/S2672, unless it is amended to eliminate a divorce filing fee increase.

The respective bills would increase the divorce filing fee by $50, and the Bar has been reliably informed that a portion of the increased fee will be for the Displaced Homemaker Program. The New Jersey State Bar Association has stated in the past that the General Treasury should be used to support programs in need of funding rather than increasing an assessment on a particular segment of society, namely those who use the court system. The proposed fee increase of 20 percent would make it more difficult for some individuals, particularly those with limited means, to obtain divorces.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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