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August 2016 Archives

Rules of the Road for Bicyclists

bike.jpgIn New Jersey, bicycling is regulated under the Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation laws. A "bicycle" means any two wheeled vehicle having a rear drive which is solely human powered and having a minimum seat height of 25 inches.

The ABC's of Immigration Law

visa.jpgImmigration law in the United States is complex and, as most people would agree, needs reform. This blog will explain the difference between citizenship and alienage, types of visas and useful information if you run into an immigration issue.

Anything You Post Can Be Used Against You

social media.jpgJust like the famous "Miranda warnings" we see on television, the statement that "anything you say can and will be used against you" also applies to divorce cases. Commentary on social media and text messages exchanged between spouses and others are "fair game" in divorces and can have damaging effects.

When Alimony or Child Support Can Go Down, or Even Stop

alim.jpgIn New Jersey, alimony and child support orders can be revised after a judgment of divorce. A former spouse who wants a change in his or her child support obligation has the burden of showing a change of circumstances that would warrant a modification. Before 2014, the burden was much heavier on the person paying, but now, a court must make a deeper analysis on whether a change in circumstances has occurred. This benefits the paying spouse, as we see in the recent case of Klemash v. Klemash.

Comfort Animals - From Home to Work?

doggy.jpgA "comfort" or "emotional support" animal, is one (typically a dog or cat) that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. In most instances, the owner has psychiatric disabilities or other mental impairments. It is different than a "service dog," which is individually trained to the requirements of a person and may be trained to perform minimal protection or tasks such as pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, and/or alerting or assisting a person with epilepsy or another seizure disorder. A comfort animal is also distinct from A "guide dog," which is used to assist deaf or hard of hearing people, or people with visual impairments.

New Jersey Now Has A Suicide Prevention Law

medical pc.jpgAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "each year, approximately 157,000 young people receive medical care for self-inflicted injures at emergency departments across the United States." In fact, suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in this country - the 2nd leading cause of death on college campuses. It accounts for more deaths among college students than all medical illness combined and is the 3rd leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 10 to 24. Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide.