Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights – Step-Parent Adoption and Beyond
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that parental rights are a right far more previous than any property right.  There are many statutes and cases in New Jersey reinforcing the fact that parents have the right to care and custody of their children.  Involuntary termination of parental rights is difficult and can be a long process, for which you will need the assistance of an experienced family law...
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Blended Families and Estate Planning
It is common knowledge that the divorce rate in the United States is close to 50%.  While a divorce is an emotional and financial hardship for all involved, the good news is that many people who divorce go on to recover emotionally and remarry.  A remarriage is a new beginning for you and your new spouse.  There are many issues to be attended to, however, with a blended family.  If...
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Reunification After a DYFS/DCPP Case
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services) exists to help protect children from abusive or neglectful situations.  What some do not realize, however, is that the law requires that DYFS/DCPP make every attempt to help your family reunify if they have removed your children.  While your family law attorney will no doubt have a lot of knowledge about this type of situation,...
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Reasons DYFS/DCPP May Try to Remove Your Children
The government has many roles in our day to day lives, ranging from building roads to providing emergency services.  The Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services) exists to try to protect children.  While there are many avenues available to DYFS/DCPP to help families and children, one method they may use is removal of your children.  To protect your children and...
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Calling a Child as a Witness in Your Divorce
Litigation is always stressful for the parties involved.  This is even more true with family law cases, as the subject matter of the case clearly cuts to the very heart of some highly personal issues, such as how you raise your children and your financial stability.  Although most divorces settle before reaching a final hearing, you may find that you are unable to reach an agreement and must proceed to...
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