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Answers to common questions about civil protection orders

As many as one-third of all women and one-quarter of all men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we thought it would be helpful to answer some questions about protection from abuse orders. Commonly referred to as restraining orders, these are civil orders issued by judges to help prevent violence between intimate partners and family members.

These orders prevent the abuser from being near the victim or contacting them. If you are in danger, please contact 911. If you are considering a protection order but have some questions, please read on.

Cohabitation and Terminating Alimony in New Jersey

When an alimony obligation exists between ex-spouses in New Jersey, both the paying and receiving ex-spouses can wonder how a dating relationship of the receiving ex-spouse with a significant other can impact the paying ex-spouse's obligation to pay alimony. Typically, the dating relationship of the receiving ex-Tennessee-Alimony-Law2.jpgspouse is only going to alter the obligation of the paying ex-spouse if a situation called "cohabitation" exists. Broadly, cohabitation is defined as "a mutually supportive, intimate personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken duties and privileges that are commonly associated with marriage."

New Jersey Dog Bite Law

In New Jersey, if you have suffered personal injuries as a result of a dog attack, you have both statutory and common law causes of action which allow you to pursue compensation from the dog's owner for your injuries.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits: Where to Begin and Tips for Success

In the last two decades applications for Social Security Disability benefits have more than doubled, though less applicants (about one third) are ultimately receiving benefits. What this means for new applicants and those with pending claims is that you need to be prepared every step of the way. The good news is that there are some easy tips that you can follow.

Why does UM/UIM matter?

Few people like to think about insurance. Fewer still like to spend money they do not need to spend on insurance. Getting the lowest possible rate for auto insurance might make sense for your situation. This leads many people to forego UM/UIM coverage.

Currently in Pennsylvania, UM/UIM insurance is optional. It is mandatory in New Jersey. In both states, it is against the law to drive without a minimum amount of auto insurance.

Parent's College Contribution

As experienced New Jersey custody and support attorneys, we frequently have clients come to our firm on the difficult issue of college contributions. In New Jersey, unlike many states, not only can the Court compel divorced or separated parents to continue contributing to their children's support after the children are 18 years old, the Court can also compel the parents to contribute to the (often substantial) cost of college, should a child have the capability to attend. Not infrequently, a parent will inform us that he or she has little to no relationship with their child, and ask if they will still have to contribute to college. 

Back to School Injuries

As you are aware, it now the "Back to School" season. As you drive in the morning, there is an abundant amount

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Drinking and driving is more dangerous than ever

drunk-driving-police-car.jpgThe drinking habits of Americans has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, according to recent research published in JAMA Psychiatry. According to the authors of the study, one in every eight Americans can be classified as an alcoholic.

All forms of alcohol consumption have increased in the last decade. The increase in alcohol use and alcohol use disorder plays a part in traffic fatalities, which have risen over the last two consecutive years. About 30 percent of all traffic fatalities involve drunk driving.

Shoplifting In New Jersey -- What Will Happen to Me?

shoplifting 2.jpgOften times, shoplifting cases involve an individual being stopped by a loss prevention agent before actually leaving the store property with the unpaid merchandise. What most people don't realize is that you can still be charged, and convicted, of shoplifting even if you never make it through the exit.

Where Can I Get a Divorce?

divorce.jpgSpouses who are getting divorced sometimes ask whether they have to get divorced in the state in which they were married. The answer is no.

In order for someone to file for a Complaint for Divorce, the state in which they seek to file must have "jurisdiction". Typically, jurisdiction is acquired by one or both spouses who have lived in that particular state for a specific period of time immediately prior to filing a Complaint for Divorce. For instance, in New Jersey, the person filing a Complaint for Divorce (or his or her spouse) must have resided in New Jersey for at least one year prior to the filing. In Pennsylvania, the person filing or his or her spouse must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least six months immediately preceding the filing.

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