Much like other U.S. states, New Jersey adopted the UCCJEA, or Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act which prevents conflicts in child custody issues stretching across state lines. For disputes that are intrastate, courts are inclined to determine custody arrangements based off needs of the child, both financially and emotionally. Cases involving recent divorcees, unwed parents and those who want to re-enter their child’s life are far from simple, but we hope this article provides clarity for those embroiled in child custody scuffles. How New Jersey determines child custody Can you believe this? Multiple factors dictate which parent, if not both, will have physical custody. According to New Jersey … Continued
In New Jersey, domestic violence is an omnipresent threat to women, children, even men. The Garden State’s record of adjudicating persons who commit domestic violence is staggeringly low, with only 2 of 10 persons convicted statewide. Conversely, the growing threat of being wrongly accused of domestic violence puts good people at risk of criminal records without merit. Here is what people can expect when hiring a domestic violence lawyer, regardless of a specific capacity. Expect a thorough examination of facts Here’s why. Most domestic violence issues have underlying circumstances, such as an extended history of abuse or pattern of alcohol abuse. As many attorneys would, the purpose of looking deeper … Continued
The are several major changes that have occurred in the New Jersey legislature affecting estate law and how an estate law firm can provide continued assistance.  In 2017 and 2018, major changes took place concerning estate taxes and tax exemptions.  We will go over the most important changes and what you should do with your estate law attorney due to these changes in estate tax law. State and Federal Exemptions The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December 2017, which affected federal estate tax, gift tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions.  For individuals, the exemption doubled from $5.6 million to $11.2 million per individual.  For married … Continued
If you have been charged with domestic violence, your priority should be to hire representation by a domestic violence attorney.  Additionally, you should be fully educated about the process; knowing what to expect always helps in knowing what actions you should take and how to protect your rights and preserve your defense. We will discuss how an attorney will assist and the information you should know, in this article, which directly affects what to do if you have been charged with domestic violence. Who Brings the Charges? It is important to understand that the state, not the victim, presses charges against the accused.  If police are called to a domestic … Continued
Settlements and Awards For many parents going through a divorce and child custody decisions, child support can be a significant source of stress.  There are many factors to consider when determining the proper child support amount, however, these are complex factors that many attorneys take years of training to fully understand.  This area should not be a source of worry when you have a capable child support law firm on your side. Shared Income Model New Jersey family law uses the “Shared Income Model” in order to determine the amount of child support to award.  The Shared Income Model assumes that when two individuals have a child that both parents … Continued
Being charged with a crime is an overwhelming situation, especially if you do not have knowledge or experience in the criminal justice system.  Often, many defendants accept plea deals without understanding the constitutional rights they are waiving as a result.  Hiring an attorney experienced in DUIs is essential to protecting your case and maintaining your rights.  Here is what to expect at your first court date and how to prepare. The arraignment is the first appearance you will make for your DUI case.  There are a series of steps the judge will go through when you first appear.  Make sure when you appear on your case to dress professionally and … Continued
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is possible to sue your attacker/abuser with the help of a domestic violence lawyer. The facts of the case will determine the amount of money a victim is awarded generally.  Each case is different, so it is wise to not base what you think you may recover on a case that is similar to your own. Here are some examples of abuse victims who were able to recover money on (actual cases that settled for more than $1 million): If you were filmed while you were unconscious or unaware of the recording while being sexually abused or assaulted. If you are … Continued
As of February 1, 2017, a change in the previous child support law was surprising for many parents and child support law firms.  Published in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated is the new Child Support Termination Law. This law allows child support to terminate without either parent asking the court to do so.   Until 2017, a parent would have to file a motion with the court asking the court to declare the child emancipated.  Emancipated means that the child has either reached the age of 18 or is completely independent of his or her parents and there is no longer a legal obligation for the parent to pay child … Continued
Contacting an experienced securities arbitration lawyer for security fraud information is the best way to understand if you have a security fraud case. Many people choose to invest in securities like stocks, bonds and mutual funds as this can help them when it comes to buying a new house or saving up for their retirement. Where investors choose to put their money is often recommended by their financial advisor, whose very role is to both advise and manage their clients’ investments in order to ensure that they are getting a good return on their money. Unfortunately, there are times when a financial advisor is not doing the job they are … Continued
Looking to hire the best real estate law firm in New Jersey? When it comes to dealing with real estate matters it is always a good idea to have a real estate lawyer on your side, especially when dealing with a particular real estate transaction that involves a lot of legal technical terms. A New Jersey real estate lawyer is someone who understands all of the real estate laws and regulations in New Jersey and can thus be very beneficial when it comes to making sure that all of your real estate transactions in New Jersey are handled both quickly and efficiently. Whether you are in need of commercial real … Continued