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Do NJ or PA State Laws Apply to My Divorce?

divorce.jpgWhich state's laws apply to your divorce? Sometimes, the answer to this question is not as easy as it may appear. For instance, if each spouse lives in a different state, which state would have jurisdiction to enter a Final Judgement of Divorce if the parties decided to get divorced? 

This Program Could End Drunk Driving - But Will It?

DADSS.jpgAdvocates are pushing to get the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety implemented in vehicles.

We all know drunk driving is dangerous. Additionally, people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) face significant penalties that can affect their lives and families. Reducing the number of people who drive drunk is beneficial for everyone. 

Although DUI-related deaths are down significantly from where they were decades ago, there has been a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities. So how far should we go in our efforts to stop drunk driving? 

Wife of Founder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Seeks $400k a Month in Alimony. Here is Why a Court Might Grant It.

alimony.jpgThe multi-millionaire founder of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Richard Stephenson, and his wife, Alicia Stephenson, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for the better part of the last decade, and the case has been on trial in Illinois since October 2016. One of the more contentious issues in the case is Mrs. Stephenson's request for $400,000.00 per month in alimony. While this amount may seem shocking to some, divorce courts in most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have the discretion to order such an amount, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. 

Appealing a Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits

Social-Security-Disability.pngIf you have recently filed an application for Social Security Disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration, you may be wondering what will happen next. For every application for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will issue a written decision which will be sent to the person applying, also called the Claimant, by mail. If the Social Security Administration has granted the application, the Claimant will likely receive a Notice of Award explaining the amount of monthly benefits to which he or she will be entitled. 

Divorce and Alimony in New Jersey: Three FAQs

Going through a divorce is a difficult experience. Those who find themselves considering a divorce or who recently filed for a separation likely have a number of questions. Three common questions are:

  • How is property classified during a divorce in New Jersey?
  • How is this property split?
  • Is alimony available?

Knowing the answers to these questions can help ease some of the stress associated with the divorce.

It is also important for those moving forward with a divorce to note that family law is governed by state law. As such, the rules that apply vary from state to state. This information focuses specifically on those that apply to divorces in New Jersey.

Why is it Critical to Appoint a Funeral Agent in New Jersey?

funeral.jpgIf you are a resident of New Jersey and have not appointed a funeral agent through a Last Will & Testament, a state statute (N.J.S.A. 45:27-22) dictates who may make your funeral and burial arrangements after you have passed away. Even if you have pre-arranged your funeral and burial prior to your death, the individual with standing to be your agent pursuant to the statute may change those arrangements.

Pursuant to the statute, if you do not name a funeral agent in your Last Will & Testament, the following individuals, listed in order of priority, have standing to be your funeral agent:

Seasonal Workers are Prone to Injuries. Know Your Rights!

seasonal job.jpgAs the Holiday Season approaches, people often search for ways to make extra money in order to buy that perfect Christmas gift. People young and old eagerly fill positions at malls and Christmas tree farms hiring seasonal help. Unfortunately, seasonal workers statistically tend to suffer injuries more than the "year-round" employees.

Benefits of a Family Law Attorney

family law attorney.jpgWhenever someone is dealing with emotional and stressful issues in their life, it is important to gather information and obtain advice from a trusted third party. Many of us turn to the Internet and/or friends and family for such information and advice. However, if the stress is caused by a legal issue, it is certainly prudent and advisable to obtain information and advice from an attorney.

Children and Youth Services Has Taken My Child. What Now?

family.jpgChildren and Youth Services ("CYS"), the Pennsylvania organization that responds to concerns about child welfare, has gotten involved with your family and is threatening or has already taken your child away. This is called a "dependency proceeding," or a proceeding to determine if a child is dependent on the State for care. This is almost always a scary, confusing, and emotionally painful experience. Because the process can be disorienting, our Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Attorneys have put together a step-by-step outline of this process for you:

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