What is a Tevis Claim and What Does it Mean for My Divorce?

Category: On Demand

Member Price: $200

Non-Member Price: $250

Product Code: ON139423

Areas of Law: Family

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: Matrimonial Attorney-General: 2.4, NJ General: 2.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.



Hon. Lisa F. Chrystal, PJFP (Ret.)
Brach Eichler LLC, Roseland
is counsel to Brach Eichler, LLC in Roseland, New Jersey, where she concentrates her practice in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration, and discovery management. She is a former Presiding Judge, Family Division, Union County, and sat in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Appointed to the bench in 2000 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, she also sat in the Civil Division.
nPrior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Chrystal maintained a solo litigation practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She also served as Assistant Union County Counsel and was a civil litigator for two law firms before opening her own office. Judge Chrystal served on the Supreme Court Model Jury Charge Committee and is a former Co-Chair of the Union County Minority Concerns Committee. A former Trustee of the Union County Bar Association, she is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, and the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, where she serves on the FM/FD Subcommittee. Judge Chrystal is a member of the New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the NJSBA Family Law Section. She has also served on the Family Subcommittee on Mentoring of New Judges.
nA former Master of the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, Judge Chrystal is a member of the Barry I. Croland American Inn of Court and The Justice Virginia Long Hudson County American Inn of Court. She has trained newly-appointed judges and those transferring to the Family Division in the Comprehensive Judicial Orientation Program (C.J.O.P.) and co-authored the judges’ “Dissolution Manual.” Judge Chrystal has taught CLE classes for the Union County Bar Association and Ethics for Trial Attorneys for ICLE, and was an Adjunct Legal Writing Instructor at Seton Hall Law School. In 2022 she was the recipient of the prestigious William J. McCloud Award bestowed by the Union County Bar Association, which recognizes significant contributions to the administration of justice in the Family Part.
nJudge Chrystal is a graduate of Syracuse University and a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law.


Raj Gadhok, Esq.
Practice Group Leader, Litigation Department
Mandelbaum Barrett PC, Roseland
Eileen A. Kohutis, Ph.D.
NJ Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Livingston
Ronald G. Lieberman, Esq.
Rigden Lieberman Mignogna, Moorestown
Cynthia W. Lischick, PhD, LPC, DVS
AFCC-NJ Chapter, Clarksburg

Domestic violence and abuse allegations are a common part of many divorce cases in New Jersey. What is a Tevis claim? A Tevis claim is a personal injury claim that you can allege against your spouse in the divorce complaint when acts of domestic violence have occurred. However, while filing a Tevis Claim has some benefits, it also has its drawbacks. Join this program to hear from the experts on the explanation of a Tevis claim, how you can help your clients through it, the benefits and the drawbacks, and important things to note about a Tevis claim.

Program Agenda:

  • 12:00 | Introductions and Overview – Life of the Case
  • 12:15 | Attorney Intake
    • What happens in the beginning of the case during intake where an attorney would decide that there is a possible Tevis claim
    • Bifurcate or not? What are the considerations? What are the stumbling blocks?
    • Civil vs. Matrimonial – how attorneys handle it – what considerations might a client have
    • High conflict?
    • How is this separate and apart from a regular DV case?
    • Considerations when assessing damages? How do you quantify damages? What factors are considered?
    • How does culture impact a Tevis claim?
    • How is the current climate of a judge shortage playing into this?
  • 1:00 | What are the factors the Court wants to see? 
    • How would a court handle discovery and bifurcation
    • Damages
  • 1:15 | Experts/ Psychologists
    • Physical injury vs. nonphysical injury
    • Proof of injury
    • Psychological trauma
    • What is the traceable event?
    • What are the lingering effects?
  • 1:50 | Questions and Answers – Final comments
  • 2:00 | Adjourn


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