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Change in NJ Child Support Laws

fotolia_60289973.jpgStarting on February 1, 2017, the child support laws in New Jersey will change as they relate to the termination of a child support obligation. As this date is quickly approaching, it is important that you speak with an experienced family law attorney who can help you determine how this may affect you.

Statutes of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

4682892162_3d50b238d5_z-Copy.jpgIn every state, including New Jersey, there are deadlines by which a lawsuit must be filed. These are called Statutes of Limitations. If the defendant is a municipal entity, there are additional notices required to be served with much shorter deadlines. These are called Tort Claims Notices.

The Role Of Folic Acid In Pregnancy

baby-499976_960_720-300x240.jpgNeural tube defects can occur in children born after a pregnancy where folic acid was not given or taken by the mother. Neural tube defects are problems seen when part of the skull or spinal cord does not properly form during a pregnancy. These defects can cause paralysis or death to the new born.

Sometimes it's a Bad Idea to Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Fotolia_74198154_M-1-300x214.jpgSamuel Kirkpatrick, Jr. et al. v. Hidden View Farm and Dorothy Nesti involved an unfortunate situation where a young boy sustained serious injuries after being bitten by a horse. Samuel, who was 9 years old at the time of the incident, had accompanied his mother to a horse farm at which she was volunteering her time. While on the premises, Samuel was bitten badly on his arm by a horse at the farm, and as a result of the bite had to undergo several plastic surgeries and sustained residual scarring. Samuel's mother sued the horse's owner and the horse farm, alleging that the horse had a proclivity for aggressive behavior and that they should have taken precautions that would have prevented the horse from biting Samuel. The trial court granted summary judgment for all defendants, finding that the horse farm was protected from liability by the immunity afforded them under the Equestrian Activities Liability Act ("Equine Act"). Plaintiffs appealed the trial court's decision as to the horse farm, and the critical issue addressed by the Appellate Division was whether Samuel was a participant as defined by the Equine Act.

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