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New Year can be emotionally challenging following divorce

The New Year can spark a wide of feelings in those celebrating it in New Jersey. However, this is especially the case for those who have gone through divorce. After all, although this holiday can be a happy time with family and friends, it may also remind recently divorced individuals of the bittersweet marital breakups they have experienced. However, a few tips may help these individuals to make the most of the coming New Year.

First, being intentional is critical. This may mean creating special experiences with the children, or it may mean finally completing past-due projects or simply resting. Recently divorced individuals would be wise to record their biggest priorities for the New Year and then work on fulfilling them.

Take these important steps when getting divorced

You're getting divorced, and you want to make sure you know exactly what to do both during and after the divorce. You understand that people make a lot of avoidable mistakes, and you know that these can impact the rest of your life. Your top goal is to avoid these issues and make the process go smoothly, planning for your future.

With that in mind, here are a few important steps to take:

Certain steps may be helpful to take prior to seeking divorce

When people first marry, they may understandably expect their love to conquer all of the challenges they may face. However, when difficulties arise, spouses sometimes begin to wonder if getting married was truly a wise move, and they look into getting divorced. However, before filing for divorce, the two parties might want to do a couple of things to see if their relationship is capable of being repaired in New Jersey.

First, it may behoove both spouses to take part in divorce counseling right away. In many cases, though, the couple's negative behaviors have already become entrenched. This can make it difficult for counselors to effectively deal with the communication problems and resentment that have built up over time between the parties.

Holidays after divorce can be tricky to navigate

Getting divorced in New Jersey can understandably be emotionally painful for the spouses involved, but it can also affect the children. This is particularly true during the holidays. However, divorcing parents can take steps to help their children to more easily cope with divorce during this time of year.

When people get divorced, they naturally wish to go their own separate ways. For this reason, reuniting with the other party during the holidays likely is not high on the list of priorities. However, in some situations, ex-spouses are able to get together during for Thanksgiving or Christmas simply for the sake of the children. In this situation, these spouses' new significant others may also be able to join in the celebration, thus further helping the children adjust to new circumstances.

Criminal defense: Drug charges filed against New Jersey woman

A routine traffic stop became more serious after police in Hackettstown arrested a woman and accused her of possessing drug paraphernalia. The 18-year-old New Jersey resident is facing a drug charge for this alleged infraction, as well as a traffic charge for failure to dim high beams. She is currently released from custody ahead of a court appearance that has not been announced. There is no word as to whether she has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the report filed by the Hackettstown Police Department, around 10 p.m. the night of Dec. 6, the woman was pulled over by an officer for an alleged moving violation. The officer who approached the vehicle to speak to the driver allegedly detected the smell of what was believed to be marijuana coming from inside the car. A subsequent search revealed the woman was allegedly carrying a bong, pipe, grinder and plastic jar, all of which are believed to contain marijuana residue. 

6 important tips when telling your kids you're splitting up

It's time to break the news to your children: Their parents are getting a divorce. You've decided to end the relationship.

No matter how you feel about the split, you know it could be incredibly difficult for them. This change is out of their control. They'll worry about how it impacts their lives. They'll have a lot of questions, some of which may prove very hard to answer.

Strong criminal defense may help man facing murder charge

A man in New Jersey was recently taken into custody for reportedly killing a woman. Specifically, police said he stabbed a woman multiple times. The man now faces a weapons charge and a murder charge. He will likely need a strong criminal defense in light of the serious charges he faces.

At a little past 3:40 a.m., police said they found a 40-year-old woman stabbed in an apartment. Officials took her to a medical center, but she ended up passing away there. The man who is blamed for her death is a 37-year-old man who used to date the woman.

Sinaloan men will need strong criminal defense in court

New Jersey prosecutors often receive tips regarding ongoing drug investigations. Recent information was reportedly provided to let them know that two men were allegedly planning to travel to Bergen County with a substantial amount of illegal drugs. The informer also supposedly told the prosecutor's office that the men intended to distribute the drugs. This led to events unfolding that prompted a need for criminal defense for the two men in question, as they now both sit in a county jail.

The men are both from Sinaloa, a sovereign state in the northwestern part of Mexico. One is age 36, the other 26. The two travelers were in Hasbrouck Heights when law enforcement officers made their move to arrest them.

Gray divorce can be especially complicated

The process of dissolving a marriage can be complex whether a person in New Jersey is a young adult or is approaching retirement. However, it can be especially complicated for the latter. Here are a couple of items that affect a divorce proceeding later in life, also commonly called a gray divorce.

First, people who have been married for 10 years can receive benefits from Social Security based on their exes' records if their exes qualify for Social Security. However, they must meet certain criteria to take advantage of this. For one, they must be age 62 or older. Second, their own benefit amounts must be smaller than what they would receive based on their exes' records.

Criminal defense on tap for woman facing drug charges after crash

A woman in New Jersey was recently taken into custody and accused of committing drug crimes. Her arrest came after she reportedly ran into a building in October. A strong criminal defense will likely be necessary as she moves forward through the state's criminal justice system.

Authorities said that the 28-year-old woman drew their attention when she crashed into a parked car and then left the roadway and hit a building, which received minor damage as a result. Officials took her to the hospital following the accident since she complained of pain in her neck. They said that the woman was drug-impaired when the crash occurred.

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