Smith v. Smith
New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division
879 A.2d 768 (2004)
In October 2003, Karla Smith (plaintiff) filed a divorce complaint against Scott Smith (defendant). In December, Karla and Scott were separated. In 2004 Karla sought judicial approval to relocate with her two minor children outside of New Jersey. The relocation was requested because Karla’s parents, who were wealthy business owners and philanthropists, offered her a job in South Carolina. Scott challenged Karla’s request to relocate with their children, alleging that Karla’s parents and sister drank excessive amounts of alcohol and that their drinking would place the minor children in danger. Karla denied the allegations, contending that they were unsupported and motivated by spite. Before trial, Karla’s parents filed a motion requesting that the trial court seal all portions of the case file that made reference to them. Specifically, they contended that the allegations regarding their drinking, although baseless, could be damaging to the family’s reputation and adversely affect their business and philanthropic activities.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sabatino, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 725,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 725,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,700 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.