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March 2015 Archives

Your Right to Medicare Benefits When Receiving Social Security Disability

Medicare is a medical care program designed to offer health care services to senior citizens and people who qualify for Social Security Disability. In most cases, a person who qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits will also qualify for Medicare benefits after a two year initial waiting period. In certain cases where a person has a rare and debilitating disease, Medicare benefits may be awarded immediately upon having your Social Security Disability claim accepted. These conditions include Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and serious kidney disease such as end stage renal disease or people who need kidney transplants. 

Same Sex and Opposite Sex Couples Can Have Irreconcilable Differences

In Groh v. Groh, 2014 N.J. Super. LEXIS 182 (Ch.Div. Mar. 12, 2014), Judge Jones drew attention to the fact that N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2, the statute regarding the dissolution of a marriage, and N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2.1, the statute regarding the dissolution of a civil union, were almost identical. At the time of the enactment of N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2.1, opposite-sex couples were not able to obtain a no fault divorce based upon irreconcilable differences. Soon thereafter, however, new legislation was enacted which enabled opposite-sex couples to divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Judge Jones noted that "the amendment was clearly intended and designed to permit people to end their marriages in a calm and dignified manner without having to engage in hurtful and unproductive mudslinging over who was at fault for the failure of the partnership." Groh, 2014 N.J. Super at *6. However, N.J.S.A.2A:34-2.1 was not updated to include grounds of irreconcilable differences for same-sex couples. 

Arbitration? Mediation? Both for Divorce?

Today, with divorces on the rise and the court's backlog, many parties are turning to arbitration and mediation, as opposed to proceeding with their matter to trial. Both options offer an alternative to the often intimidating judicial process, namely; private and informal proceedings; a speedy resolution; and a cost efficient alternative. New Jersey has a "long standing public policy [that] favors settlement of disputes through arbitration." Block v. Plosia, 390 N.J. Super. 543, 551 (App. Div. 2007). 

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