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About divorce mediation

New Jersey couples who are looking for an alternative to a litigious divorce may consider divorce mediation. The mediation process involves an unbiased third party who will work to smooth the way for both parties to come to mutually agreeable divorce terms.

There are a number of advantages of going through the mediation process for a divorce. Couples are able to avoid having the litigation process, which can be very expensive and emotionally traumatic for all parties involved. It is particularly beneficial for couples who have children together as it sets the stage for the couple to develop a continuous relationship that is without resentment. Divorce settlements also tend to take less time with divorce mediation than they do with litigation.

Trenches and excavations can pose danger of injury

Construction workers in New Jersey may be particularly concerned about the danger of workplace injuries and accidents, especially following the rising number of injuries and fatalities due to accidents and collapses in trenches and excavations. The construction industry overall can present a higher risk of on-the-job injuries due to the heavy physical labor and machinery involved in unfinished structures. In addition, the depressions, cuts and cavities used in excavations and trenches can pose a particular threat of cave-ins, collapses or falls.

In response to the rising number of workplace injuries being sustained in trenches, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified trench safety improvement as a major goal and priority in 2018. While two workers have been killed each month since 2011 due to trench collapses, the number went up sharply in 2016; fatalities caused by trench and excavation injuries doubled the average over the previous five years. In response, OSHA has emphasized trench safety requirements, like providing clear egress mechanisms and using protective systems and technologies, especially in trenches deeper than 5 feet.

Missed cancer diagnosis costs NJ doctor millions

Delays in medical diagnoses can have irreparable and sometimes fatal consequences. And if the consequences aren’t fatal delays can still leave a patient with a diminished quality of life and put them and their loved ones through emotional turmoil.

Sadly one New Jersey family knows all too well the devastation that a missed diagnosis can cause.

When alimony is awarded, what should you do?

Alimony, often called spousal support, is a form of compensation that can financially balance the post-divorce lives of two people that end their marriage. This doesn't mean that it will be "equal" in a financial sense after a divorce -- but it can help the spouse that may have sacrificed his or her career or professional prospects for the good of the marriage.

When it is awarded (and it is not guaranteed in every divorce), the spouses involved need to prepare themselves for the implications of these support payments. There are tax implications to having alimony involved in your divorce. The paying spouse can deduct the payments from his or her taxes, while the receiving spouse must include that compensation in their taxable income.

Cost of Child's Car Insurance

In a recent trial court published decision, the Court considered a parent's obligation to share in the incremental cost of a child's car insurance as an additional obligation beyond the child support being paid pursuant to the child support guidelines.

Appellate Review of Revised Alimony Statute

In one of the first published decisions specifically analyzing and reviewing the revised Alimony Statute, the Appellate Division had the opportunity to review a trial court's order regarding the statute in conjunction with a parties' request to terminate or modify alimony upon retirement.

Fugitive Has No Rights to Custody When Not Paying Child Support

In a published Appellate Division case, the Court upheld the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement to preclude an individual from seeking a custodial alternative during the period in which he has fled the country to avoid paying child support arrears.

Co-Parenting At Christmas

For divorced parents, the holidays often create tension with their ex, as they deal with sharing holiday time, dealing with issues of gift giving, their ex in-laws, and, at times, new paramours.  I especially get complaints when one parents has not paid support--yet found the money to lavish their kids with the most expensive and desireable gifts of the year.

Can You Stop Your Child From Calling His Step-Parent Mom or Dad?

For divorced parents, one of the hardest things to deal with and accept is the arrival of your exes' significant other into the life of your child.  The potential problems and concerns are almost too numerous to account for, although I have recently come across various articles written by divorced parents thanking their exes' significant other for the positive role they have played in their child's life.

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