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How can you bring your fiancé to the United States?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air. It’s also all over store shelves, in the news and in conversations by those around you. But if you’re a United States citizen with a fiancé living overseas, this season of love may cause you to wonder how you can bring your fiancé to America and make being together your reality.

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New Jersey man pleads guilty to manslaughter

When a person faces criminal charges in New Jersey, he or she may be unsure of the available legal options. Depending on the severity of the charges, the decisions that the accused individual makes could potentially have significant consequences. In fact, a man has recently opted to plead guilty to manslaughter after he was arrested in connection with the death of an alleged drug dealer.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened in Feb. 2017. The body of the alleged victim, a 29-year-old man, was reportedly discovered by a park ranger who was picking up trash in a New Jersey park; it had reportedly been dumped down a slope. The discovery was made after a friend reported the man missing; his abandoned vehicle was discovered parked nearby.

New Jersey car accident sends woman to hospital

It might be easy to become complacent while driving. Unfortunately, such complacency can cause a driver to be less diligent, potentially causing a car accident. In fact, a woman in New Jersey was transported to the hospital following a recent crash.

The incident happened just before 6:30 a.m. on a day in mid-December. Reports claim that a 47-year-old male was driving a sports utility vehicle in the northbound lanes of a New Jersey roadway at the time of the accident. The man allegedly made a "fast lane change," moving from the middle lane to the left lane. Unfortunately, he reportedly struck a vehicle in the left lane when doing so.

Seeking bankruptcy protection in New Jersey

Most people in New Jersey are hardworking individuals who are dedicated to ensuring that all of their obligations -- including their financial ones -- are met. Unfortunately, some people may experience unforeseen circumstances, such as the loss of a job or an illness or injury, that may impact their ability to meet these financial obligations. For these people, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be a viable option.

A person seeking such protection must provide a great deal of information to the court, after passing a means test. First, a petition must be filed. Additionally, several other filings are necessary, including information on unexpired leases, executory contracts, a statement of financial affairs, a list of current expenditures and income as well as a list of assets and liabilities. A person with mainly consumer debts must provide even more information, including a certificate of credit counseling and evidence of payment from employers for the previous 60 days.

Scores of people suffer personal injury in New Jersey crash

When most people visit a government building, they expect to complete their errand with relatively little excitement. However, that does not appear to be the case for multiple people visiting a Social Security office in New Jersey. Reports indicate that over 20 people suffered a personal injury when a driver crashed her car into the building.

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. on a day in mid-November. Witnesses reported hearing a sound like a bomb before seeing a car "barreling" through a wall and hitting several people. One man claims to have pulled a woman out from under the vehicle; that woman was apparently bleeding from her head and mouth. Over 20 people were ultimately transported to the hospital as a result of injuries suffered in the incident.

New Jersey man suspected of murder in mother's death

Most people would agree that living with a family member can be stressful. Regardless of the conflict that may occur, however, such an arrangement does not typically result in violence. Despite this, a man in New Jersey now faces criminal charges after the alleged murder of his mother.

Police say that they first became involved in the situation when they received a call about a disturbance at a residence just before 11 p.m. on a day in November. When they arrived at the scene, they reportedly discovered a 60-year-old man throwing things from a second floor window. Police say he was also yelling threats at responding police officers.

5 factors for custody with a substance abuser

If you are facing divorce from a spouse suffering from a substance abuse problem, you have probably already been on an emotional roller coaster for quite a while. You may be hoping that your divorce will put an end to your ride. Unfortunately for your children, they will have to navigate a relationship with your ex long after the divorce is final.

You know how your spouse’s problems have affected your children, but you may be wondering what the court will look at regarding this issue when deciding custody issues. Here are five factors the court may consider:

Arrest made in New Jersey fatal accident

Even the drivers who are most committed to following all traffic safety recommendations can become involved in motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, those who do not do so may be even more likely to cause a crash with significant consequences. In fact, police in New Jersey believe that alcohol was involved in a fatal accident that resulted in an arrest.

The accident happened on a day in September. According to reports, a 42-year-old woman was driving on a New Jersey road when she allegedly ran a red light. As a result, her vehicle is said to have struck a sedan driven by an 80-year-old man.

Guilty plea in New Jersey double murder

When a person is accused of a crime in New Jersey, he or she is left facing multiple life-changing decisions. These decisions are often ones that are difficult to make without appropriate legal training. In fact, a man recently made the decision to enter a guilty plea after he was charged with murder.

The charges the man faced involved a double murder that occurred in Dec. 2015. Police say that they responded to the scene in response to neighbors' requests for a welfare check. They claim that they discovered the bodies of two females, a 15-year-old and her 51-year-old mother.

Arrest made in New Jersey hit-and-run car accident

There are a variety of different ways to utilize New Jersey roadways lawfully that do not involve a traditional motor vehicle. As a car accident involving cars and trucks and less traditional users -- such as pedestrians and bicyclists -- can result in serious injuries, motorists must remain vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, police say that a recent incident resulted in a fatality.

The incident reportedly happened late one evening on a day in late September. According to reports, a vehicle struck a 54-year-old man. Unfortunately, the man reportedly passed away after he was transported to the hospital.

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