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It seems like every time you read a newspaper or Google the news you hear more horrific stories about domestic violence. It can be something like the Ray Rice scandal, caught on video tape and rocking the NFL, or people you’ve never heard of in an article about murder/suicide of a couple.
So is domestic violence on the rise, or is it just more out in the open? Janay Rice allegedly claims that God made Ray do it to bring national attention to the problem of Domestic Violence. Whatever you believe, it is more out in the open today than ever before. Even as little as ten years ago there was an aura of shame felt by victims of Domestic Violence.

Today, Domestic Violence is one of the most complicated proceedings in Family Court. Unlike the Rice’s situation, Domestic Violence is rarely caught on video. Most often it is only the couple (and unfortunately sometimes the children) who witness the incident. In those cases the Judge must decide on the testimony of the two involved in the act, and their credibility. Testifying in open Court about such a private and emotional episode (whether true or not) can be extremely difficult for the litigants. Sometimes the accuser is so nervous or intimidated he or she makes a very poor witness. At times the accused is frantically trying to prove his or her innocence, and does not make a good impression to the Court.

At Iandoli & Edens we have a team of lawyers skilled in Domestic Violence. We take the time to prepare our witnesses, put them at ease, and ensure that they will be ready to take the stand.

If you are a victim or are accused of Domestic Violence, contact one of our professionals at Iandoli & Edens by phoning (908) 879-9499 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys experienced in Domestic Violence. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Don’t you hate it when you call a professional and they do not return your call? We’ve all been there. Doctors, accountants, contractors, real estate agents and, yes, even lawyers have fallen victim to this horrible habit.

It goes without saying, waiting for someone to answer your question or to let you know the status of your matter creates unnecessary anxiety and worry. Very rarely do we come across a professional who will not only take the time to return our call, but who will call us back quickly.

Here, at Iandoli & Edens, LLC, we return phone calls. We answer your emails. We let you know what is going on with your case. Quickly. If an adversary calls on your case and we are unavailable, we return their calls too. Stop waiting by the phone. Iandoli & Edens, LLC is here to help. Call us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Every field has its jargon. In family court and in your lawyer’s office you may hear the following: CIS, ESP, ISC, MSA, and JOD, to name just a few. Let’s give you the definitions:

CIS – stands for Case Information Statement. It is a form required by the court. It requests of you some general information such as name, addresses of you and any children, name and address of employer, name and type of medical insurance coverage, etc. It also asks financial information such as the amount of your monthly and yearly income. It asks you to attach your last tax return as well as three most recent paystubs. It asks for your monthly expenses. The monthly expenses are broken down into Schedules A, B and C. Schedule A covers shelter, Schedule B covers transportation, and Schedule C covers personal expenses. This form also asks you to list all of your assets and debt.

ESP – stands for Early Settlement Panel. If you are unable to settle your case the court will require that you attend an Early Settlement Panel at which time two volunteer attorneys will make a recommendation as to how they think you should settle your case. Sometimes it is helpful for both sides to hear from independent counsel.

ISC – stands for Intensive Settlement Conference. Before a trial, your judge may mandate that you attend an Intensive Settlement Conference at which time the judge will expect you to attempt to settle your case. You will be reporting directly to a judge who will want to know about the progress of your settlement attempts with your adversary while you remain in the courthouse.

MSA – stands for Marital Settlement Agreement. If you are able to settle all of your differences with your adversary, you may enter into what is called a written Marital Settlement Agreement. This Agreement is a legally binding contract and becomes incorporated into your Judgment of Divorce.

JOD – stands for Judgment of Divorce. That is the legal document/order from the court which dissolves your marriage.

For more information about these and anything else related to your separation or divorce, do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879-9499, http://www.iandoliedens.com.

The Internet is a great resource for many things; however, relying on an online site to navigate you through the divorce process can be very risky and is in most cases not a good idea. There is a lot of divorce information available on the Internet. However, there is also a great deal of inaccurate information. Although you may feel your divorce is simple and you can do it correctly yourself, you may ultimately end up doing more damage than good. This damage, once done, may be irreversible. Divorce is an intricate process often requiring the resolution of significant issues such as custody, support, and division of assets. It is important to understand that by representing yourself, you may be giving up important rights. A lawyer will know the proper questions to ask your spouse to obtain relevant information pertaining to your marital assets and liabilities. Online divorce sites can give you basic general information, but will not provide solutions to your specific issues and needs. The only way to ensure that your divorce is handled properly and you achieve the best outcome based on your particular circumstances is to have the assistance of a professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the area of family law. If you are contemplating divorce and have questions about your rights, do not hesitate to call us at (908) 879-9499 to schedule an initial consultation, or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com. Our experienced attorneys are here to help.

There are so many attorneys, you may be wondering where and how to start your search for your divorce attorney. One tip, of course, is to look at the attorney’s website. You may also want to ask professionals, such as other attorneys, therapists and psychologists. You may want to ask family members and friends and learn of their own experiences. Most definitely, you will want to interview the attorney you are considering. The attorney you hire should handle a significant amount of family law cases. Importantly, you want to have a rapport with that attorney. You don’t want to feel reluctant to discuss personal issues with your attorney. You want to be comfortable expressing your concerns and the matters that are most important to you.

For a consultation, call one of our experienced family law attorneys who know how to listen at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879 9499 or click here http://www.iandoliedens.com to learn more about us.

Alimony is one of the most hotly contested issues. When is it paid/received? How much gets paid/received? Over what period of time will it get paid/received? When will it terminate? The current statute on alimony and the long list of court cases which have resulted in the interpretation of the statute may change drastically based on new proposed legislation.

If you are paying or receiving alimony, contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens, LLC at (908) 879-9499 to learn if you will be affected by this new legislation. Click here http://www.iandoliedens.com to visit our website for more information.

Iandoli and Edens, LLC is reaching out to prior clients, colleagues and the public regarding the proposed law working its way through the New Jersey Legislature that may affect many of you.

New Jersey lawmakers are attempting to make profound changes to the guidelines which detail alimony awards in our Courts. The most radical change from our current system is the abolishment of permanent alimony. If you are paying or receiving permanent alimony, you will certainly want to contact our firm to learn more. However, the proposed law also defines all other alimony durations as follows:

Duration of Marriage – Duration of Alimony Terms is Associated to Months of Marriage

Less than 60 months – No longer than 50% of the months married
(5 years)

60 to 120 months – No longer than 60% of the months married
(5-10 years)

120 to 180 months – No longer than 70% of the months married
(10 to 15 years)

180 to 240 months – No longer than 80% of the months married
(15-20 years)

Over 240 months – At the Court’s discretion
(20 years)

This law may take effective as early as October 1, 2013.

It is important to remember that this law may not apply to all. As a result of a negotiated settlement or by Order of the Court, you may be paying more than the structure above. While the above is a basic summary of complex legislation, please contact our firm to learn if you qualify for a reduced alimony duration under this new legislation. If you receive alimony from your former spouse, and are concerned that your alimony may be changed based on this law, please contact our firm since there are certain defenses spelled out in the law that we can argue to protect your rights. If the law passes, parties affected by the above changes have two years to motion the Court to have their alimony conform to the above. We suggest that litigants move swiftly as the Court is not inclined to make any changes retroactive to the date the bill becomes law.

Contact us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com to find out more.
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Bill 3909 in the Assembly, 2750 in the Senate

Iandoli and Edens is collecting non-perishable food for the Backpack Program. It is a charitable organization which collects and distributes food to parents of children. If you would like to contribute, we will keep a box in our waiting room for non-perishable food items. The program has suggested:

•Cereal-low sugar, child friendly
•Canned tuna or chicken
•Macaroni “N” cheese
•Peanut butter and jelly
•Pancake mix and syrup
•Applesauce and fruit (single serve), no sugar added
•Shelf-stable milk
•Meals in a can, like Dinty Moore and Chef Boyardee
•Granola type snack bars
•Raisins, individually boxed

Iandoli & Edens, LLC Donates to Chester Day!!

Date: May 11, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Look for our table near the Gazebo!!

Iandoli & Edens, LLC Donates to Chester Day!!

Date: May 11, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Look for our table near the Gazebo!!

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