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August 2012 Archives

Trained New Jersey babysitter saves child's life

A New Jersey toddler survived unharmed after she choked on a slice of pizza, thanks to her 15-year-old babysitter who had taken a course in CPR. The child's sitter explained that while eating, the child turned red and stopped breathing. Although it took a few seconds for the sitter to determine the problem, she promptly got behind the child and performed the Heimlich maneuver as she had been trained. The child had apparently taken too large of a bite while the sitter was distracted.

New Jersey legislature could overhaul the state's alimony system

In many states, alimony is a highly debated topic. This holds true in New Jersey, where judges decide whether alimony should be awarded in a divorce, and if so, how much is paid and for how long. After lobbying by advocates on both sides of the issue, soon these decisions may no longer be up to the judge.

NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson accused of spousal abuse

As readers in Sussex County may know, accusations of spousal abuse or other forms of domestic violence can turn a family upside down. These claims can cause emotional distress for victims and for those accused. Recently, such accusations led Evelyn Lozada, wife of NFL receiver Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, to file for divorce. Lozada filed for divorce after only being married to Johnson since July 4 of this year. The NFL star is alleged to have head-butted his wife after an argument broke out between the couple. After the alleged incidents, Lozada went to a neighbor's house to call the police. Johnson was arrested and charged with Simple Battery Domestic. After the football player spent a night in jail, the judge issued a no contact order.

From spinal cord injury to Ironman U.S. Championship

In an inspiring story of recovery, a Skillman resident recently competed in the New York-New Jersey Ironman U.S. Championship five years after he was nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver. Few who suffer spinal cord injury, as he did, can hope to recover nearly as well, but his story will undoubtedly give hope to many.

Alimony reform still being discussed in New Jersey

Many New Jersey residents are likely aware by this point that there is a large movement afoot to reform the state's alimony award process for people who are getting a divorce. The issue is a thorny one, because there are powerful interests aligned on both sides of the issue.

New Jersey officer attacked by pit bill during weapons arrest

Police do their best to protect the general public from becoming victims of crime. Of course, there is some assumed risk that goes along with the job, but that does not mean anyone, even a New Jersey police officer in the line of duty, should be exposed to an unnecessary level of risk.

How to prepare for marriage after divorce

Though most New Jersey couples probably do not think much of divorce as they approach their wedding day, the reality is that circumstances can change over time and martial dissolution may become the best option. Anyone who has already been through the divorce process would likely agree that being prepared for any possibility can prove to be helpful.

New law in New Jersey protects accident victims' rights

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to readers of our New Jersey personal injury blog. We started this blog to discuss current issues that we think you'll find interesting. From auto accidents to animal bites, nursing home neglect to child injuries, we'll be addressing many of the obstacles that New Jersey residents have to face when they or a loved one suffer a personal injury.

Hanover police seek Domestic Violence Response Team volunteers

Domestic violence is a problem in every community throughout the country, and townships in New Jersey are no exception. To help victims of domestic abuse, the Hanover Township Police Department and the Jersey Battered Women's Service recently sent out a call for volunteer advocates.

Woman ordered to pay $150,000 in child support for Russian boy

Parents in New Jersey who have gone through a divorce know that matters of child support and child custody can be decided upon outside of court. But, of course, that isn't always the case. Sometimes extra effort is necessary to resolve these issues, and when a non-custodial parent doesn't make court-ordered payments or breaches a custody agreement, that parent could be penalized.