Category: Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse and Divorce in Morris County, NJ

The issues of substance abuse and divorce are the types of topics which we all know effect millions of people, but never expect it to impact us. Unfortunately, the reality is that in the U.S. nearly 1,000,000 divorces take place each year and tens of millions of adults will partake in binge drinking or illicit drug use. When the numbers are that […]

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Dealing With Emotional Abuse from an Ex Spouse

For many individuals going through a divorce, one of the most difficult issues is dealing with and overcoming emotional abuse and/or harassment from their ex spouse. All divorces come about for a reason, and many times acrimonious separations are due to or can even result in a hostile relationship between exes. This can be particularly tricky […]

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Destroying Property and Restraining Orders

When most people think of domestic violence and abuse, they most likely think of overt physical actions committed by one party against another. While such an action would certainly be considered domestic violence (given the two parties have one of the types of relationships described in the NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA)), many […]

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How Can Domestic Violence Affect a Child Custody Agreement?

Domestic violence, and the commonly resulting legal actions of temporary restraining orders and final restraining orders, can be one of the most trying, stressful, and emotionally difficult situations for any family to face. In the case of the abused party, securing protection for themselves and/or their children is of extreme importance. On the other hand, […]

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Final Restraining Orders: Implications and Dismissal

Different states handle restraining orders in different manners. For example, a final restraining order issued in New York will last either two to five years. In New Jersey however, a final restraining order lasts indefinitely, and will last until such time that the filing party vacates the order, or the named party is successful in […]

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How to Divorce an Abusive Spouse

Spousal abuse and domestic violence can take many forms, and can be difficult for the victim to extract themselves from the situation. People fear that filing for a divorce will only antagonize the abuser, and push them to committing further acts of abuse. However, New Jersey law provides many protections for victims of domestic violence […]

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Economic Abuse can be Considered Domestic Violence

Typically, when most people think of domestic violence, they think of physical abuse and restraining orders. Historically, this would have been a completely accurate point of view, and New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19) even lists eighteen different offenses which constitute domestic violence in New Jersey, with nearly all of them being […]

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Defending Yourself from a Restraining Order

Having a restraining order placed against you may not initially seem like a big deal. Often, people say “I don’t want to talk to this person anyway, so who cares?”. The problem however, is that a restraining order has long-term implications for your future. When a judge approves a restraining order, you will be photographed, finger-printed, […]

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Chatham Township Hosts Domestic Violence Conference

The Chatham Township Committee, along with the Jersey Battered Woman Services (JBWS), held a conference to help stop domestic abuse throughout Morris County. On Tuesday, October 18th, Chatham Township and JBWS spoke about the issue around domestic violence, not only in Morris County, but also throughout the entire state of New Jersey. JBWS spokeswoman Regina […]

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NJ Judge Says Domestic Violence Extends to the Workplace with Employment Interference

In a recent decision, a New Jersey judge concluded that economic abuse, specifically, interfering with an ex-partner’s employment, may constitute domestic violence. As such, behavior that involves threats or direct attempts to jeopardize a victim’s employment may provide grounds for a restraining order. Ocean County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones recently issued his opinion in […]

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