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Amazon CEO in process of high asset divorce

Divorce is a reality for many New Jersey families. and it can happen to all ages, races and classes. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the recent divorce announcement of Amazon CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos. The ending of his 25-year marriage to his wife, Mackenzie, is a prime example of how a high asset divorce can have different circumstances than other divorces.

The Bezos' will reportedly be dividing a fortune of $137 billion. Though they married in a community property state, which divides marital property equally, New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. This means that a high asset divorce here may be divided in an equitable fashion, depending on several factors that a judge will consider.

Man jailed over delinquent payments in child support agreement

Marriages here in New Jersey end for all kinds of reasons, but when children are involved, it is important that they are continue to receive care. Often, this means that one parent will make child support payments to another parent. Though it is essential to do so, it can be a financial strain, especially if the parent making payments experiences a change in his or her income. A recent out-of-state case involving a father who fell significantly behind on his child support payments can serve as a warning to other parents who may be worried about delinquent payments.

The man in question divorced his wife in 2000, when their child was 3 years old. By 2001, the man's child support order was set as almost $800 per month. For undisclosed reasons, the man fell behind in his payment and his ex now says he hasn't made a payment to her since 2004. The man, who worked as a plumber has had multiple warrants issued for his arrest over the years in relation to the missed payments.

Do snow or ice affect liability after a slip-and-fall accident?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere, but they are much more likely to occur when snow, ice or rain are present. Even when a certain piece of property is properly maintained, an icy sidewalk or slippery area in Randolph can easily lead to a serious injury.

It is not always simple to determine who is at fault for these accidents, which makes it more difficult for a victim who suffers injuries to seek compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. If you suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, it is important to gather as much information as you can about the scene of the accident and the circumstances that led to your injury.

Alimony payments affected by new tax laws in 2019

The end of the year can bring a great deal of change for many families. Some changes are positive, but this can also be a time of year where people decide to divorce. People here in New Jersey may have questions about how divorce will affect their finances due to some new tax laws that will take effect in 2019. Alimony payments will be treated a bit differently, and it is important for divorcing spouses to be aware of these developments.

Alimony payments used to be tax deductible for the person who was making the payments and considered taxable income for the person who was receiving the payments. The new laws, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that will be effective on Jan. 1, 2109, offers no tax benefit for the payment of alimony. Many people attempted to finalize their divorce before the end of this year in order to avoid being subject to the new laws.

Adoption: 7 siblings get new home for the holidays

Families come in all varieties and combinations. For many in New Jersey, adoption is the way they choose to complete their lives. Most people may consider adopting just one or two children, but an out-of-state family opened their hearts and home when they recently decided to adopt seven siblings. The kids now have a new home for the Christmas season.

The family, who live in Arkansas, have four adult biological children, but decided to become a foster family several years ago. Two twin sisters came to their family and stole their hearts. The parents knew they wanted to adopt the girls pretty quickly, though they remained their foster parents on and off for about three years. The girls were eventually sent to a children's home with their five other biological siblings.

Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence

No person should ever be afraid of the person they love the most. Unfortunately, that is exactly the case for far too many people. Victims of domestic violence often live in fear of their abusers, even going so far as to relocate, but there is always the risk that an abusive partner could find out the new whereabouts of his or her victim. The National Address Confidentiality program exists to assist families who are victims of domestic violence in New Jersey and other states.

The National Address Confidentiality program (NACP) was first created in 1991. The program seeks to help victims by keeping their home address out of public records, which an abuser could potentially use to locate them. The Secretary of State issues a replacement mailing address, which is then used to pass any incoming mail along to its intended recipient, and shielding the true home address of victims. 

How the holidays may affect child custody for New Jersey families

This time of year can bring a great deal of joy for many people here in New Jersey and across the country. The winter season often represents a time to be with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many people, the holidays can also bring a lot of stress, and for divorced families in particular, this time of year can be a struggle. Divorced parents who share children often have to determine exactly how to navigate their child custody arrangements. However, there are ways for blended families to cope and ensure that their holiday season is as positive as it can be.

Despite recent studies that indicate divorce rates are falling, it's still a reality for a great number of families. The changes that often accompany a divorce can affect parents in ways they might not have thought, especially around the holiday season. What were once considered special traditions may now be very painful to even think about, let alone attempt to continue. However, experts do have several tips on how to deal with these potentially difficult situations.

New bill may help victims of domestic violence

New Jersey residents are by now aware that victims of certain crimes may face hardships through no fault of their own. Recent changes to requirements to obtain a drivers' license or a REAL ID, which is a new form of license recognized on a federal level, may leave victims of domestic violence in a pinch. Many victims feel they must seek safety in the form of shelters or by staying with a friend or family member. This can be a potential roadblock when it comes time to obtain a drivers' license or ID that requires a listed address. 

The state of New Jersey is considering a bill that would aid victims of domestic violence as they attempt to put their lives back together. In today's world, having a drivers' license or REAL ID is a necessary step in finding employment, renting a home, opening a bank account and other important tasks that require valid photo identification. For many victims, it may be frightening because they may fear an abuser will find this information and further harm will come to them. 

Will my ex be liable for increased child support after a raise?

If you are the primary custodian of your child, it is likely that you will be receiving some form of child support from the other parent. The amount that you receive will depend on the number of children that you have together as well as the amount that the other parent earns.

It goes without saying that income is something that can change frequently. Therefore, child support can be subject to change in accordance with it. If you have reason to believe that your ex is now earning more than they were when the child support order was made, it is important to look into your options. You can do this by reading more about the law and how it applies to your situation.

Can a parent's use of marijuana affect child custody?

The state of New Jersey is considering a bill that might ease the pressure parents who use marijuana may face. Though New Jersey currently has a statewide medical marijuana program, there is still a lot of red tape. The method of consumption, amount allowed and qualifying conditions are all regulated. For parents who may feel marijuana helps them, but have not yet qualified for a medical card to use the marijuana, loss of child custody is a major concern. 

A new bill looks to alleviate some of the confusion and risk a parent may face. Under the new proposal, a medical card will no longer be necessary for adults to purchase and use marijuana within the state. Though there will still be regulations for amounts a person may have, who will be licensed to grow, and where marijuana may be purchased, parents will be free to use marijuana within the confines of the law. 

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