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Paralyzed New Jersey man shares his blessings

A New Jersey native who relatively recently moved to another state and still has lots of family in New Jersey has started a tradition of spreading his blessings but helping families who cannot pay their medical expenses. He raises money with annual Christmas tree sale, and he is now able to help two families each year.

Judge reduces Deion Sanders' child support

When New Jersey children are involved in a divorce, the court needs to ensure that its' actions are in the best interests of the child. Generally, this means that the parent who is most fit to raise the children will be awarded physical custody. This parent is known as the custodial parent. The other parent is then ordered to pay child support so that the custodial parent has the financial resources to properly care for the children.

New Jersey pedestrian killed; accident investigation pending

An SUV struck a New Jersey pedestrian recently, killing the 48-year-old man as he tried to cross a street at night. It was unclear from the initial reports whether this was a hit and run, but an accident investigation continues. Detectives with the local prosecutor's office investigated the scene of the accident, implying that criminal charges are possible.

Family finds maggots in nursing home patient's ear

The family of an elderly nursing home patient has sued a nursing home after they found over 50 maggots in the woman's ear. While the woman has Alzheimer's disease and is unable to speak on account of it, the family knew something was amiss when she started fidgeting with her ear frequently.

Bill would let domestic violence victims appear via TV

Victims of violence at the hands of a spouse or domestic partner are often too intimidated by their abuser to appear in court. Sometimes the fear of testifying is enough to allow the accused abuser to get off scot-free. Now three New Jersey legislators have sponsored a bill in the State Assembly which is intended to address this issue.

Nj lawyer sued; supposedly broke confidentiality agreement

A Catholic religious order has sued the lawyer for several people who claim to be victims of priests who worked at a Catholic school where the alleged victims studied in their youth. In the underlying case, the plaintiffs (i.e., the lawyer's clients) are alleging that the priests sexually abused them and that the school covered the matter up. On its part, the Catholic religious order's suit against the lawyer alleges that he violated a provision in a prior settlement agreement in an unrelated abuse case that required that the terms of the settlement remain strictly confidential.

Custody case will be heard by the United States Supreme Court

When a couple goes through a divorce in New Jersey, there are many issues which usually need to be resolved. Property division can be a sticky issue, as can an order for spousal support. However, when a divorce involves a minor child, the issue of child custody can cloud every other concern.

Custody case will be heard by the United States Supreme Court

When a couple goes through a divorce in New Jersey, there are many issues which usually need to be resolved. Property division can be a sticky issue, as can an order for spousal support. However, when a divorce involves a minor child, the issue of child custody can cloud every other concern.

Authorities investigate New Jersey train accident

Recently, a train traveling from Camden through New Jersey derailed because of a bridge collapse. The train was carrying some toxic cargo, some of which spilled following the crash; authorities had to evacuate several nearby homes. Thankfully, however, there are no reports of serious injuries. Authorities are still monitoring nearby water supplies for contamination, although at this time there appears to be no cause for alarm.

Child support modification can be tricky

Newton football fans are probably familiar with the name Warren Sapp. As a former NFL defensive lineman, money was rarely an issue for Sapp. Recently, due to financial difficulties, however, he was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Now Sapp is seeking to further reduce his financial obligations by reducing the amount of child support he pays each month.