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Competing interests keep any proposal from moving forward

Everyone seems to agree that the alimony laws in New Jersey need reform. In particular, the concept of lifetime alimony.  Famous cases have made national news as one man was forced to pay many times his current income. 

New guidelines, modeled after a 2011 Massachusetts alimony reform law, are championed by New Jersey Alimony Reform. They are calling for a major overhaul of the system.


Fort Lee Created a Media News Storm in May of 2012

In what could easily be characterized as a perfect example of media histeria over a botched analysis, Fort Lee, NJ, became the talk of the nation.  The reporting headlined what was supposedly a decision by the police in Fort Lee to start ticketing folks for texting while walking.  The press even pointed to examples of pedestrians who had been fined $85 for so doing. 

When the smoke cleared, the truth was that nothing had really changed other than an emphasis.  The Fort Lee Police were looking very hard at those who were jaywalking, and IF they were also texting they were more likely to get a ticket.  

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-llkHHMJY7ro/UuQxTELKTJI/AAAAAAAAJyE/g1DL5kX0xSo/s1600/Screen+Shot+2014-01-25+at+12.11.03+PM.pngNew Jersey may get a bad rap on some issues.  But it appears that at least on divorce and bicycle accident related fatalities, we can take a bow.  For all the fuss about Jersey Shore, our fine state has the lowest divorce rate in the nation.  Now we see that bicycle deaths are super low at less than 2 per million population per year.  In fact, in 2011, the last year that national statistics are available, New Jersey experienced only 17 such deaths.

U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that on average more than 800 bicyclists die and 70,000 are injured in motor vehicle-related crashes.  The good news is that the trend is down with only 618 deaths and 52,000 injuries in 2010.  There does not seem to be good data regarding how many of these accidents involve a motor vehicle.  

More than one-third of all bicycle fatalities involve riders 5 to 20 years old, and 41 percent of nonfatal injuries occur to children under the age of 15.

The Truth About Divorce? You Decide!

If you are about to go through a divorce, consider the issues raised in the article below.  Divorce arbitration and mediation are alternatives to litigating your matter in Court.


Semi Trailer Truck Accidents Are Among Worst for Injuries

You probably learned this in Drivers’ Training, and maybe you’ve seen it on a bumper sticker, but this word to the wise can never be repeated too frequesntly: whenever you are driving anywhere next to or behind a semi trailer truck, if you can’t see the driver in his mirror, he probably can’t see you.  Most accidents between a semi truck and another vehicle are not nearly as dramatic as the one below.

About once every six – ten years, you are going to be involved in some kind of car accident, truck accident.  When that happens to you or a friend, please call our personal injury attorneys for help.  We offer you a huge difference from others.  Our senior attorneys will speak to you directly about your case.  We are small enough to care.   Call Now at  201-580-3411

Divorce is a scary, confusing and lonely time for children, leaving them sad, insecure confused and angry.

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Even the rich and famous are not immune to the difficulties of divorce. Read on the learn what the celebrities are saying of their parents divorces. The full article can be found in the Huffington Post. Click here to read more.

Celebrity Divorce: Stars Open Up About The Impact Of Their Parents’ Splits

Divorce is never easy when there are children involved, and kids of divorce often have choice words for their parents about the split. Celebrity children are no different.
From teen icons to Golden Globe winners, see what these celebs have said about their parents’ divorces below.

Selena Gomez
“I blamed my mom a lot [for the divorce] because I wanted a family so bad,” Gomez said. “I wanted to have my mom and dad together. I remember just being angry with my mom. I still feel really bad about that.”
Nicole Richie
“When my dad divorced my mom it was kind of like him leaving me also,” Richie said.
Justin Timberlake
“My parents divorced when I was three. I’m humbly and honestly finding out that I have a lot of issues with that,” Timberlake said.
Jennifer Aniston
“It was pretty crappy, I came home from a birthday party and he was moved out. It was pretty abrupt,” Aniston said. “Sure, your dad leaves and disappears for a while, that’s pretty brutal. But that’s sort of the beauty of it. Like I said, I would never exchange any of it… Me making people laugh, finding the humor in things, trying to lighten up the mood between disgruntled parents, getting attention… It sort of was a survival technique.”
Harry Styles
“When I was seven my mum and dad divorced and that was quite a weird time. I remember crying about it. I didn’t really get what was going on properly. I was just sad that my parents wouldn’t be together any more,” Styles said.
Isla Fisher
“You can’t underestimate how traumatic divorce is for the children. When your parents divorce, it makes you grow up fast. I’d urge parents to strongly consider working things out. I’d work things out and I’d definitely stay put. Especially if there were babies involved,” Fisher said.
Corinne Bailey Rae
“My parents divorced when I was a teenager. As the eldest of three sisters, I was my mom’s confidante. You grow up fast working out how something went wrong,” Rae said.
Jamie Lee Curtis
“There was no Demi-and-Bruce amicable divorce or joint family vacations for us. No love was left between them,” Curtis said.
Justin Bieber
“My parents splitting up is definitely not one of the highlights of my life,” Biebersaid. “It’s sad, the kid experiences feeling like one of his parents left.”
Johnny Depp
“I recall hearing my parents argue and thinking: ‘Come on, this is torture. Just split!’ They stuck it out until I was 15, but I’d seen it coming for years. When they finally did divorce, I thought: ‘OK, this is the right thing’,” Depp said.

Divorce can be a very difficult time and extremely emotional. When there are children involved it is magnified. Custody issues are one of the most difficult parts of divorce.
Divorce is a scary time for children, leaving them sad, insecure confused and angry. A good lawyer can help you move through the custody process quickly and in the best interest of your children. If you are going through tough times with your spouse in Bergen County and want a divorce, it is important that you file for dissolution of marriage properly in order to protect your assets. If there are children involved it is also necessary to setup the proper child support plan as is required by the State of NJ. Failure to pay child support can result in your going to jail. 
Make sure that your rights and finances are properly protected by talking to a family attorney in Bergen County to set up your no charge initial consultation so an attorney can talk about your situation. 
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California Woman Ticketed For Wearing Connected Eyewear

According to some reports, highway patrols are using semi trucks to hunt down and ticket those using their cell phones while driving.  And the laws on distracted driving are likely to become more and more specific.  So, in the case below, a California woman claims to have been ticketed for merely wearing Google Glass.  The officer appears to have been acting under a rule that the driver can’t have any type of visual screen, like a television, within his viewing area.  We certainly don’t want drivers watching their favorite TV program or YouTube videos while driving, but it is unlikely that anyone thought Google Glass was going to fit into this same category.

A California resident received a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving Fox News reported Wednesday.
“A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!” Cecilia Abadie said in a post on her Google Plus account. “The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass). Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California.
Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US?”
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Abadie, who Fox News describes as a self-described geek and Google Glass pioneer, was wearing the new connected eyewear when she was pulled over in what is a first for the new connected eyewear device.
According to Fox News, the rule found in section 27602 of the California regulations says “a person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen … is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.”

Will this mean that new laws will need to be written pertaining to Google Glass or other such eye wear that may be coming.  What about iWatch or other smart watches that are currently coming out from various companies.  All of these possible intrusions into the driver’s ability to keep his attention focused on the task begs the question of whether talking to your child in the back seat or putting sugar in your coffee will need to be specifically called out in some future bill.
If you have been caught on radar or failed to slow down enough at that stop sign in the Hackensack or Ridgewood area, you should consider calling an attorney to see about saving money and time on that traffic ticket.  You will be surprised at how little it costs to have an attorney represent you in traffic matters.  Even if you were only going 10 mph over the limit or some other small infraction, the cost of that ticket will surprise you.  Give us a quick call and we’ll let you know, without any charge or obligation, whether it might be worth our handling your case, and how much that cost would be.
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No Matter the Charge, You Would Do Better to Retain a Lawyer.


In this short videoBergen County attorney (in divorce, family, criminal, employment law) Eric J. Aretsky explains why it is a good idea to have an attorney represent you in your municipal court case. 

Domestic Violence Can Be Emotional, Psychological or Physical

Domestic violence is serious. Every year, thousands of women, children, and men are abused by family members and significant others. Equally troubling is the number of false domestic violence claims that are made to gain the upper hand in divorce disputes.

When most people think about spousal abuse, they think of physical violence. However, the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act reflects a number of emotional, psychological, and physical actions as domestic violence. See the below article for ehow.com for a definition of domestic violence.

Why Do I Have A Criminal Record If I Was Not Convicted?

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Court proceedings and your criminal record are public record. Do you feel the need to prevent potential employers, family, friends or the public from viewing court records that include your criminal records?  Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense leaves a permanent record that can show up on employment and housing background checks. This record exists regardless if there was a conviction associated with the arrest.
An expungement is not a pardon. However, under most circumstances it does allow a person to legally say that they have never been arrested or convicted of the expunged offense.  
If you were arrested in New Jersey, you may be eligible for expungement of your NJ arrest record if certain conditions are met. You can have records expunged for arrests that you were found innocent of as well as arrests that you were convicted of municipal ordinances and certain misdemeanors and felonies. However, not all records can be expunged and New Jersey only allows criminal records to be expunged once.
An expungement can take four months or more to move through the court. In addition, there is a waiting period before any expungement petition related to a conviction can be filed:

  • Six months for an offense involving a conditional discharge program
  • Two years for a violation of a municipal ordinance
  • Five years after a misdemeanor conviction that is eligible for expungement
  • Ten years after a felony conviction that is eligible for expungement

It is possible for a lay person to seal their records. However, an attorney can be contacted about sealing court records. Find a lawyer that practices in the area of law that represents your case in court. Sealing or expunging a record is a complicated process with many rules so it is best to consult with a lawyer who is familiar with and understands the procedure. At Aretsky & Aretsky, in Bergen County, New Jersey, we have significant experience helping people get arrest records and some criminal convictions expunged. 3 University Plaza Drive, Suite 207, Hackensack, N.J. 0760, Phone: 201-580-3411

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