|Q. My brother has been paying child support and alimony since his divorce in 2010. However, he just lost his job, and a considerable income, and now he can’t afford the payments. What can he do?|
| ||A. The difficult economic environment of the past few years has confronted many people with drastic changes in their financial circumstances. For individuals who have a Court Ordered obligation to pay alimony and/or child support, a reduced income can appear to be a path to financial ruin.|
| ||Self help (simply not paying alimony or child support obligations due to lack of funds) is not recognized by the Courts of the State of New Jersey as a legitimate means to remedy such a problem.|
| ||In fact, non-payment of alimony or child support can lead to garnishment of wages, execution on financial assets, or even arrest. An individual unable to keep up with payments needs to make application to the Court for a reduction in their support obligation, based on their ability to pay.|
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“Back in the day” there was a lot more leniency regarding drinking and driving - even when it involved underage drinkers. But nowadays, law enforcement and the court system have little latitude in dealing with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases involving alcohol or drugs.
If you’re the parent of a teenager or young adult, and want to have “that talk” with your child, the following article will help you explain the implications - and penalties - of a first-time DWI in New Jersey.
| ||•||Distinctions between different Blood Alcohol Concentrations, and implications|
| ||•||Letting a friend who is “less drunk” drive your vehicle, and your personal risk|
| ||•||Lending your car to someone who is going to drink, and your liability|
| ||•||Enhanced penalties if you’re caught on or near school property|
| ||•||Having an open alcohol container in your car, or illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia|
The last thing anyone wants is to have a loved one involved in a DWI accident. Hopefully this article will open some eyes.
For most people, buying a home is the largest and most significant purchase they’ll ever make. Whether you’re buying or selling, hiring a real estate attorney early in the process will protect you against the unexpected, and ensure a smooth and low-stress closing.
|10. A real estate lawyer will protect your rights and interests in the transaction…they are the only party truly “on your side.”|
| 9. A real estate lawyer has the experience and training to handle the unique issues regarding real property, and the problems most people can’t anticipate. They see a lot of contracts and know the local customs, and can help cut through roadblocks.|
| 8. Your attorney will review, amend and modify the brokerage contract during the attorney review period. Most “boilerplate” agreements don’t offer buyers and/or sellers the protection they deserve.|
| 7. Your lawyer will review the purchase agreement. Suppose there’s an illegal structure on the property, or termites, radon, lead paint, asbestos, or other potentially hazardous waste? Inspection contingencies need to be clearly defined. At this point in the process, if you back out of the deal, what happens to your deposit?|
|Welcome to the May issue of our newsletter, “The Fein Print.”|
|Our goal is to provide our clients and friends with relevant news for their legal needs, and provide links and access to the trove of resources on our website. And, of course, we are always accessible for consultation via phone and email.|
|Have a question, or an area of interest you’d like to see explored? Just shoot us an email and watch for our response!|
Our video this issue is a 3 minute presentation on Estate Planning.
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