Family Law Blog

//Family Law Blog

What is the municipal courts role in domestic violence

Serious domestic violence cases are always heard in a State Superior Court. Think about what happened to Ray Rice.  Because his incident occurred on a night or weekend, a municipal court set the bail and [...]

What is the municipal courts role in domestic violence

NJ restraining order, and how do I get one?

A domestic violence incident can result in a civil process (restraining order) or a criminal process (for the crime a committed).  For a discussion of the criminal process, see this article.  Here, we are discussing [...]

NJ restraining order, and how do I get one?

Can a Restraining Order help me get a green card?

Final Restraining Orders (FRO) can be used to help substantiate claims in the petition/application process for U-visas and Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA). There are many avenues for domestic violence victims to gain protection from their [...]

Can a Restraining Order help me get a green card?

Supreme Court Rules on DOMA and California’s Prop 8

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment. In a separate 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court [...]

Supreme Court Rules on DOMA and California’s Prop 8

Ray Rice’s Infamous Domestic Violence in NJ

In February of 2014 Ray Rice was in Atlantic City with his fiancée Janay Palmer.  A video shows Ray punching Janay in an elevator and knocking her out cold.  He then drags her out of [...]

Ray Rice’s Infamous Domestic Violence in NJ

Immigration Implications of Domestic Violence in NJ

In recent months, incidents of domestic violence involving NFL players, like Ray Rice, and their significant others have thrust the issue of domestic violence into the national spotlight.  Victim advocacy groups have taken this opportunity [...]

Immigration Implications of Domestic Violence in NJ

What Happens in Domestic Violence Cases?

It's 1:00 a.m. and your boyfriend just got a home, drunk.  You ask him where he has been and why he didn't answer your calls, he yells at you to mind your business.  You ask [...]

What Happens in Domestic Violence Cases?

Why Wouldn’t You Apply?

There can be real consequences to not applying for legal status, like deportation.  There are millions of people that would jump at any opportunity to get legal status in the U.S.; I find it incredible [...]

Why Wouldn’t You Apply?