Does New Jersey Have Grandparent Rights?

For divorcing spouses, creating a child custody agreement is a complex process. If the court grants one parent sole custody, it leaves the other only with visitation rights. This could prove challenging for everyone involved in these proceedings. But for grandparents who have strong bonds with their grandchildren, this can be especially difficult. It can become difficult for the grandparent to see their grandchild if that grandparent's own child loses…Read More

Financial Abuse in a Marriage: Know Your Rights

When one person lives in fear of another, if resources aren’t shared fairly, and threats are involved, it’s usually abuse of some form or another. Any kind of abuse tends to have similar characteristics of control, threat, secrets, fueled by fear of one partner from another. Extreme financial dependence is quite common in society today and can be a facilitating factor in financial abuse. As hard as it is to…Read More

Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: Divorce, Child Custody & Your Medical History

Bergen County Divorce Attorneys with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey In custody decisions the best interests  of the child are of the utmost importance in New Jersey child custody litigation.  Occasionally, a parent’s mental health or medical history may be relevant in how child custody is decided.  A history of physical, sexual or mental abuse, from one parent against the other or child could have a negative impact on his…Read More

Avoiding Unnecessary Financial Costs & Emotional Pitfalls in Your Bergen County Divorce

Litigation is a tool for protecting and enforcing your rights. Any family attorney would be remiss if they didn't emphasize in their initial consultation that litigation can be unpredictable, the resulting financial costs unknown, and the potentially devastating emotional toll it could take on yourself, your spouse, and any children you may have, if things get personal. Your choice on whether to take the case to trial must factor in objective criteria…Read More

Court Issues Heartbreaking Ruling in Union County “Baby J” Case

Few things inspire as much emotion in the family law courts as child custody issues.  Whether it be because of divorce, or in the case of "Baby J"(as referred to by the courts), adoption, this issue is always one that can leave one side or the other heartbroken. Extending love to a child and having them in your life is one of the greatest joys a person can experience.  Losing…Read More

What is Parental Alienation?

Parenting can be as difficult as it is rewarding. Never is this more apparent than when co-parents are going through a contentious divorce. During this transitory period, children are especially sensitive and susceptible to believe what they hear. Unfortunately, this can lead to a situation where parental alienation becomes a reality. Parental alienation is a very serious issue which refers to a parent, guardian, or other loved one turning a child away from…Read More

When are Non-Biological Guardians Considered Legal Parents in New Jersey?

Approximately 50 percent of all children growing up in the U.S. do so in "non-tradiotional" homes. In fact, the traditional family is somewhat of an outdated term. Children thrive in many different situations so long as they are provided with the love and support of a strong family unit. Along those lines, many New Jersey adults act as parents to children who are not biologically theirs. This is a great…Read More

Establishing Legal Paternity in NJ

Mothers and fathers share equal parenting rights in New Jersey. However, where biological mothers generally have no issues proving that they are the legal mother of their child, fathers may have to take the additional step of proving paternity. Legal paternity entitles the father to child custody and parenting time, as well as opens up the possibility of being responsible for child support payments. Today, our divorce and family law attorneys will discuss the different methods parents and children…Read More

Custody Evaluations in New Jersey: Put your best foot forward

Entering into a Custody Proceeding can be extremely stressful as one of your most valued possessions, your children, is at stake. Often Child Custody battles are long and taxing, leaving all parties involved with a sense of unease. During the process it is extremely important that you are educated on how to properly prepare for a custody evaluation and take the appropriate steps to insure you are properly represented during…Read More

Mother Loses Child Custody Over Benadryl

Sleepless nights are a familiar feature of every parent's life in the early years, thought to be a hurdle of the job. Parents try so many things to help their children sleep, sometimes even resorting to drastic measures. In one such case out of New York, a mother who was giving her 8-year-old son Benadryl on a regular basis to help him sleep, lost custody of the young boy after…Read More

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