Morristown New Jersey General Law Blog

Alternative dispute resolution is the right choice for some

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is perfect for people going through a divorce because it encompasses at least two different ways to resolve disputes. One of the primary ways is through mediation. The other is through arbitration.

With each of these dispute resolution options, the parties can choose if the results will be binding or nonbinding. In a nonbinding ADR case, the results from mediation or arbitration don't have to be final. That means that there is room for more negotiation.

Your attorney can help if you've suffered an injury

A serious personal injury can take many months or years to recover from. In some cases, a full recovery may not even be an option.

When you get hurt as the result of another person's actions, you're well within your rights to seek compensation from them. If they were negligent or distracted while driving, for example, you deserve to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they've caused.

Mediation can help you resolve disputes in a timely manner

Mediation is an important type of dispute resolution. It can help people resolve their disputes without having to turn to the court, which ends up saving them time and money.

Mediation can work for people who are arguing and seem to be at an impasse, so long as they can agree to work together. It is not advisable in cases where both sides refuse to negotiate or where one will not get in touch or communicate at all with the other.

Will workers' compensation cover medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana users are constantly walking a tightrope because marijuana may be legal on (some) state levels, but it's still illegal federally.

That often put medical marijuana users at odds with insurance companies and employers alike. Their quasi-legal status is complicated, to say the least.

What benefits does workers' compensation in New Jersey offer?

If you have recently suffered an injury at work or received a medical diagnosis for a condition directly related to your employment, it may be time for you to learn more about New Jersey's workers' compensation program.

You may not think that you need the benefits because you have a spouse who still has income or because you carry a private health insurance or disability policy that will cover you during your treatment for your injury or illness.

What you should know and do before taking your kids on vacation

If you're a divorced parent who's making plans to take your kids on vacation somewhere other than the Jersey Shore this summer, it's a good idea to review your custody and visitation agreement. Does it prohibit you or your co-parent from taking the kids out of state without the other's written consent? You may not remember that you and your spouse put that provision in place back when you first divorced and didn't have a lot of mutual trust.

Even if you have no such provision in your place, it's a good idea to let your co-parent know if you plan to take the kids out of the state -- even if it's just a few days in Manhattan for some sightseeing and a Broadway show. Getting some sort of written permission from your co-parent can prevent misunderstandings and disputes later.

What divorcing couples can learn from the Bezoses

Amazon shareholders have been more than a little relieved that Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos' divorce from his wife MacKenzie has been an amicable and relatively uncomplicated one -- at least publicly. Despite the couple's vast wealth, they seem to have worked out a division of property and a parenting agreement with relatively little drama.

While few of us can relate to having the Bezos' vast fortune, divorcing couples can learn some valuable lessons from them. One is to have an agreed-upon "divorce story." The Bezoses announced their divorce in a joint Twitter post before later posting mutually amicable messages separately on social media.

Civility and honesty are key when dividing property in divorce

Dividing property can be one of the most contentious, time-consuming aspects of a divorce. Couples can battle over everything from what to do with the house to who gets the sofa.

Before you begin the process, it's helpful to understand a couple of things about the law. First, it's essential to know the difference between separate and marital property. Typically, spouses get to keep their separate property. That includes assets they owned before the marriage as well as gifts and inheritances they received during the marriage.

Wendy Williams and husband's split continues to make headlines

Wendy Williams has become more famous lately for her tumultuous personal life than her popular television show. Much of that tumult revolves around her marriage and impending divorce. The New Jersey native, who was born in Asbury Park and raised in Ocean Township, shared a mansion in Livingston with her now-estranged husband, Kevin Hunter. The two have been married for 22 years.

Last month, Hunter reportedly called the police to the home at least twice within three days. He reportedly arrived at the mansion with a U-Haul and his own security personnel on April 18.

Make sure to accurately valuate your business in divorce

Small business owners who divorce face challenges that other divorcing spouses may not. In addition to settling typical matters of custody, spousal support and marital property division, these business owners also have to determine the fate of their companies in the divorce.

It can be quite anxiety-producing to contemplate losing half or even a portion of the company into which you poured your time, attention and funds in order to make it flourish. Indeed, sometimes an owner's uncompromising work ethic can unintentionally contribute to a divorce if the spouse feels neglected or unappreciated as a result.

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