The Benefits of Termination of Parental Rights Mediation
Exploring the Alternatives When the DCPP, New Jersey’s CPS agency, files a parental rights termination action, it presumes it is in the child’s best interests. This isn’t always the case, and even if terminating parental rights is in the best interests of the child, litigating the matter may not be the best option. In many cases, termination of parental rights mediation can be an opportune forum in which parents and...
Building a Defense in Your Termination of Parental Rights Case
How to Face Your Termination of Parental Rights Case When facing your termination of parental rights case, you might have strong concerns. Termination of parental rights is a grave matter. Accordingly, you should have an attorney represent you throughout your case. If DCPP has stated its intent to terminate your parental rights, but you don’t want your parental rights terminated, you should speak with an attorney about your options. (more…)
Losing Parental Rights? What New Jersey CPS Should Tell You
Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare Losing parental rights is one of the most devastating ordeals a parent can go through. But many New Jersey parents lose their parental rights each year. State Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies seek the termination of parental rights in child abuse and neglect cases. If New Jersey’s CPS agency is threatening your parental rights, here’s what they should be telling you. (more…)
A Parent’s Right to Discipline: When It Goes Too Far
Forms of Discipline Parents discipline children for many reasons. For many parents, discipline is often a matter of personal choice. Some parents believe spanking is an acceptable form of punishment. Others see it as child abuse. In the eyes of New Jersey law, corporal punishment—like spanking—lies in a gray area. Spanking isn’t strictly illegal in New Jersey. New Jersey parents have the right to discipline their children within a certain...
Accidental Injuries and Allegations: Are Parents to Blame?
Accidental Injuries Children are prone to accidents while they play, explore, and grow. When a child is injured accidentally, the parents—in most cases—aren’t to blame. But what happens when someone makes false allegations of child abuse because of a common childhood injury? Should the parents be held accountable? How can they prove they weren’t to blame? These questions are important to answer because parents face child abuse allegations for accidental...