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Domestic Violence is a serious problem. It cuts through all socioeconomic barriers, races, religions. Many people still think of it as “the problem of the poor”, but nothing could be farther from the truth. It affects so many different aspects of life, from gun control issues to substance abuse to loss of jobs to gender equality. Unfortunately, since Domestic Violence often occurs in private, the proceedings often come down to a “he said, she said” scenario in the Court. Do people make up false charges of abuse? Sometimes. Regrettably, in the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, it’s being tried in the media. They were the only two present at the time of the alleged incident. No one knows for sure what happened but the two of them. If their case does go to trial, the Judge or Jury will hear the testimony and decide. If you are charged with Domestic Violence or a victim of Domestic Violence, contact one of our attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS at (908) 879-9499.

 

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.

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.

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!!

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!!

            Weapons ownership is at the forefront of the news lately nationwide.  The horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut followed less than a month later by a shooting at the Taft Union High School in Taft, California have guns on everyone’s mind, pro and con.  It appears inevitable that in the coming months much will be discussed and done regarding existing gun laws.

            Of course, the NRA will weigh in heavily as will anti-gun organizations.  The Second Amendment will be scrutinized and dissected.  Resolution may prove difficult, but, it seems certain some changes will be made.

            In New Jersey Family law, weapons ownership has been the topic for years in Domestic Violence or alleged Domestic Violence situations.  If a Temporary Restraining Order is entered, it is common practice for all weapons to be removed from the house, as well as any firearm purchase identification cards and permits to purchase weapons.  The weapons, ID cards and permits are then turned over to the CountyProsecutor’s Office.  Even if the hearing does not result in a Final Restraining Order being entered, many have found it an uphill battle to have their weapons returned.

            At Iandoli and Edens, LLC our staff of family lawyers will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming debates.  For information pertaining to Domestic Violence Complaints, Restrainning Orders, or any aspect of family law, please contact one of our experienced attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499 or visit us at www.iandoliedens.com.

 

             Once a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is granted by a judge, it remains in effect indefinitely.  There is no expiration date or date upon which it lapses.  The continued existence of a Final Restraining Order may or may not affect one’s ability to obtain employment, obtain a promotion, etc. 

 

            The law does provide for the dismissal or dissolution of a Final Restraining Order if certain criteria are met.  To request the dissolution of a Final Restraining Order a formal application must be made to the court.  The court must consider certain criteria.  If the court thinks it is appropriate to dismiss a Final Restraining Order, it may do so even over the objection of the victim.  However, all of the enumerated factors are scrutinized by the court.  Additionally, the court is free to consider any other factors the court deems relevant.

        Should you have a need to revisit a Final Restraining Order, contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879-9499.

             One of the questions asked frequently these days, particularly in these difficult economic times, is how does having a Final Restraining Order entered against me affect my employment and/or my employability?

             The answer is anything but clear cut.  It is important to understand that in New Jersey, once a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is entered there is no “expiration date”.  The FRO will remain in effect until it is dismissed by the Plaintiff or dissolved by Judicial Decree.  As a consequence, someone who is now 38 and had an FRO entered when he or she was 18- 20 years old- is still under the same restraints.

            Employers vary in response to a background check that discloses an FRO.  Rules also vary from state to state, but it is also important to keep in mind that even if you have moved from the state where the FRO was entered it is still in full force and effect wherever you reside.

            In some cases, as with celebrities, Domestic Violence does not seem to affect their job or popularity.  Charlie Sheen, for example appears to be one such individual.