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Can you be prepared to leave a violent relationship?

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After years of being the victim of a violent relationship, you are starting to come to terms with the fact that you need to end your relationship if you are to stay safe and have the chance at regaining your independency. In order to start working towards this new path of freedom, you must first leave your partner in New Jersey and begin living on your own again. 

This step in your journey may undoubtedly be the most difficult as you strategically create a plan that will enable you to get out of the control of your abuser without putting yourself further into harm's way. According to helpguide.org, some of the things that you can do to prepare include the following:

  • Think about and be familiar with all of the points of exit in your home. 
  • Decide on a code word that will notify others of when you are in danger so they can call for help. Share this information with trusted friends, family or even your children. 
  • Be aware of the signs that your abuser is about to snap. 
  • Keep a small bag with essentials packed and ready to go so when an opportunity presents itself, you are not wasting precious moments packing things you need. 
  • Memorize the phone numbers and addresses of people who you can go to in an emergency. 
  • If you contact resources such as a shelter, use a friend's phone or a pay phone to eliminate the risk of your abuser finding out who you have been speaking to. 

How can I identify a “problem” client?

If you’re a business owner in New Jersey, you likely know that clients are integral to making your commercial enterprise a success. However, some clients will push you to your limits, which is not only frustrating but can also lead to legal issues down the line. Forbes recommends looking for the following red flags, which often indicate a problem client.

Your client has a reluctance to use new technology

Is this the first school year you'll test your parenting plan?

Summer is rapidly coming to a close, which means that school will be starting up soon. As you buy school supplies, new clothes and other items for the beginning of the school year, you may want to take one more step -- review your parenting plan.

Even if it isn't the first year that you will test your parenting plan, a refresher after the summer months wouldn't hurt. If your divorce was recently finalized, you may be about to see whether your negotiations for a parenting plan paid off.

A Look at the Use of Eminent Domain in New Jersey

The law of eminent domain is a topic that, by its very nature is controversial, and many New Jersey residents would likely agree. Even the founding fathers who included it in the Fifth Amendment were leery of its misuse, clearly indicating with the words "without just compensation" that the takings clause is not to be used lightly. Government entities can indeed take private property for the good of the general public, but not without first proving the benefits and fairly compensating the property owner. Although initially intended to limit the seizure power of the federal government, these rights were extended to states through later court cases.

The Supreme Court upheld the expanded application of the law to both state and local governments in the landmark "Kelo v. City of New London" case. The split court decision is seen as a "radical expansion of the public use requirement," according to a legal analyst, where once it was used mainly to build roads, parks and other types of public-use projects. The contentious decision essentially gives the green light to private developers to seize property if they can prove a project will benefit the public. In the Kelo case, it was seized to provide Pfizer, a drug maker, room to expand its facility and for other uses. This decision has sparked a citizen movement against such a broad application of the law.

Tips on Preparing for your Custody Hearing

If you're facing a child custody hearing in New Jersey, you know that being properly prepared is crucial. This is especially true when you're applying for sole custody, which entails showing the court that you're the better parent. VeryWellFamily.com offers the following advice in this case, and by following these guidelines you can rest assured that your voice will be heard.

Bring Documents to Establish Your Case

Can I move away with the kids?

Life changes fast and sometimes unexpectedly. Your marriage set you on a new path, and each of your children altered your life in some way. You have likely gone through job changes and perhaps a move or two with your family. Now, you have gone through the heartbreak of divorce with the hope that this change, difficult as it is, will bring something good to your life.

You may be thinking that the best way to bring that positive change is to relocate with the children, and perhaps you have a plan for moving to a new city or out of New Jersey altogether. Before you pack your bags and sell your house, it is best to understand how the laws and your custody orders affect your choice to move away with the kids.

How can I build a strong defense against car accident litigation?

You may have been fortunate enough to never get into an auto accident on a New Jersey road, but you never know what the future may bring. Should you become involved in a car crash, there is a possibility the other party might seek litigation against you. However, if you know what to do following a car crash, you can greatly bolster your civil litigation defense in court.

State Farm recommends that you do not admit guilt to the other driver. Do not even apologize. While it is natural for many people to apologize to smooth over an unfortunate incident even if it was not their fault, an apology could be taken as an admission of guilt and undermine your defense in court. You also do not know if anyone near the accident scene has overheard your apology. A witness could later testify of your apology in court.

Protecting coastal resources takes priority

 New Jersey's coastal resources are some of its most valuable assets, and the state is doing everything possible to manage those resources well.

The Office of Policy Implementation in the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection oversees land use to regulate activities that may "exacerbate flooding and... impact the health and quality of our streams, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands, wildlife habitat and drinking water."

Are your New Jersey child support payments no longer feasible?

Like most good parents in New Jersey, when you divorced, your main priority was to make the situation impact your children as little as possible. You hopefully had the opportunity to discuss the changes that were about to take place, perhaps even explaining what they might expect and how they could reach out for support if they were feeling low. You'll be glad to know children are quite resilient and adaptable by nature.  

When kids have the opportunity to maintain healthy, active relationships with both parents after divorce, they fare best. That doesn't mean your situation will be perfect, as no circumstances are. It does mean you can remain hopeful that your kids will be okay. With regard to adult issues, such as child custody and child support, you'll want to know where to seek support for yourself as well as your children. If you run into trouble meeting your child support payments, it's critical you understand the legal process of seeking modification

How to Effectively Co-Parent With an Ex

Divorce is rarely easy for couples in New Jersey. When kids are in the mix it can be even more difficult, especially when it comes to making decisions jointly. TheBump.com offers the following co-parenting tips, which will allow to rear your children in a loving and responsible manner, even if you and your ex aren’t on the greatest terms.

Honor Your Kids’ Opinions

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