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explaining the different aspects of Family Law.


When Can New Jersey's Child Welfare Agency (DCP&P) Take a Child from the Home

Having your child taken from you can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, many parents who are involved in child welfare cases with New...

What Should I Do When My Child Is Temporarily Placed in Foster Care?

When your child is in foster care, he or she will be under the care of his or her foster parents. Although you no longer will be able to care...

Child Welfare Litigation Strategies

It’s easy to feel as if the whole system is against you when you are fighting for your child in court.

Mothers vs. Fathers - Special Rights in Divorces

Many people mistakenly believe mothers always get physical custody of the child in divorce cases.

Your Rights With CPS

Child Protective Services (CPS) is required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or neglect. They are part of the New Jersey Department...

What Child Welfare Casworkers Expect from You

When working with child welfare caseworkers, it is important to know and understand their expectations for you.

False Accusations Of Child Abuse

When reading reports of sexual assault in newspapers and on television, it is natural to assume that they are true. However, the reality of the...

Vulnerability of Child Abuse Accusations

Child abuse accusations are being used as a weapon by some unscrupulous individuals to taint the character of those from whom they would like to...

What Is Considered Child Abuse in New Jersey?

Unfortunately there are numerous cases each year where child abuse takes place in New Jersey.

What Are the Adoption Laws in New Jersey?

New Jersey adoption laws aim to observe the rights of all persons involved, including the birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child to be...

Is Denying Medical Treatment to Minors Legal in New Jersey?

Legally, minors are incompetent and lack the necessary experience on matters such as their education and medical care. It is, therefore, the...

How Do You Transfer Assets in a New Jersey Divorce?

Part and parcel of the divorce process is disclosing full income to determine the appropriate alimony and child support to be paid. In some...

Private Investigator: Top Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating

  By HG.org
Spouses who are concerned that their spouse is being unfaithful have options including hiring a private investigator. A private investigator can...

How Is the Amount of Child Support Determined?

  By HG.org
State laws determine how much child support is appropriate and ordered. Different states use different formulas to arrive at the proper amount...

Can a Parent Have Joint Custody and Still Be Required to Pay Child Support?

  By HG.org
Courts generally treat custody decisions and child support as two completely different considerations. For this reason and others, a parent who...

Prenuptial and Antenuptial Agreements in Minnesota

Retaining an experienced attorney is important part of negotiating, drafting and reviewing prenuptial contracts. Costly errors are not easily...

New Jersey Marriage Contract FAQs

What Is a Marriage Contract in NJ ? When two people decide to get married, this is a contract to the state as much as it is a commitment to...

Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Domestic violence occurs when one’s safety is compromised. The safety in question includes one’s physical, mental, sexual, and economic, and...

Restraining Orders in New Jersey

Anyone who is feeling like they are being harassed, verbally or physically abused, or otherwise receiving harm from a specific person can file...

Domestic Violence Laws in Colorado and Their Implications

Domestic Violence is bad in any form and nobody should accept it. Learn what could happened to you if you are caught under domestic violence law...

Five Common Cases Private Investigators Handle

  By HG.org
Private investigators serve an important role. They often handle cases that are not taken care of by other professionals but that serve an...

Using Surveillance for Divorce and Infidelity Cases

  By HG.org
One common reason why private investigators are contacted is to confirm whether or not a spouse or partner is cheating. This information can be...

How a Private Investigator Can Prove Infidelity in a Divorce Case

  By HG.org
If a spouse suspects his or her partner of cheating, a private investigator may be hired to help confirm this information.

Falling on Your Sword: Better Known as the Uncontested Divorce

When things go bad in a marriage and divorce seems to be the only option, many people want to make it happen as fast as possible. In the heat of...

Adoption - Your Rights as a Parent

When children are adopted, their legal guardians change from the biological parent to the adoptive parent. Once a child is adopted, the parental...

How Mental Health Affects Custody

Raising a child is a demanding and challenging endeavor. This can pose problems for parents who suffer from a mental illness.

Alimony: Changes in Spousal Maintenance: Cohabitation or Remarriage in Minnesota

Changes in Minnesota's Spousal Maintenance law may affect those who cohabitate. 

Which Parent Gets the House in a Divorce in New Jersey?

If you have decided to have a divorce in the state of New Jersey, knowing how to divide the property is important.

Alternatives to Filing a Guardianship in Texas

If you are the caregiver for a person who is a minor, or who has an illness or other condition that causes them to be unable to manage their own...

Was Your Child Taken From You? Here Are Your First Steps

Take Action - If child welfare workers took your child from your home, you might be feeling helpless and scared.

How to Terminate Joint Tenancy in New Jersey

What is joint tenancy? It’s a form of joint possession of property. It’s similar to tenancy in common, however, the difference is that joint...

The Right to Provide Care - Making Sure Your Child Is in Safe Hands

The right of first refusal is a provision commonly included in parenting plans to ensure both parents have every opportunity possible to spend...

How to get Visitations Supervised

The bond between a parent and child is strong. But when that bond is broken or damaged, it can be difficult for children to feel safe when with...

Race Discrimination in New Jersey

In New Jersey, it is against the law for anyone to be discriminated against because of national origin, color, or race. You cannot be...

Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

Consumption of alcohol below the age of 21 is a criminal offense. Ensure that you are not breaking any of these other laws regarding underage...

How to Modify Child Support in New Jersey

In most cases of separated parents, one or the other will receive child support to help provide the child with the life he or she deserves. In...

What Constitutes Child Neglect in New Jersey?

Child neglect is legally defined as the failure of a parent or caregiver to provide for a child’s minimum needs.

The Role of a Child Welfare Attorney

Child welfare cases are between the state and the parents. The dispute is over what is in the best interests of the child. For the parent, the...

Primer - New Jersey Family Court, Mediation & Motions

New Jersey family courts are under Superior Courts – Family Divisions. New Jersey Family Court has jurisdiction over family law matters like the...

How Do You Change a New Jersey Divorce Agreement?

There are many people in New Jersey that have sought to legally alter their divorce decree or agreement over the decades. It happens for various...

Grounds for Annulment of Marriage in Jamaica

What is an annulment? Annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. The legal effect of annulling a...

All You Need to Know About Florida Guardianship

Assuming the role of guardianship is a big responsibility. If in any way you have plans of claiming guardianship, be aware of Florida...

How Do You Get Full Custody in New Jersey?

If you will soon be entering a legal situation regarding full custody of your child, chances are you may be nervous, and moreover, unsure of...

Acquisition of Italian Citizenship by Marriage to an Italian Citizen

According to Italian law, it is not correct to state that a person born by Italian parents needs to apply to obtain citizenship because such...

Abduction of Children by Parents in the UAE

Abduction of children by one parent in an estranged marriage is becoming increasingly common in the UAE. More cases of international marriage...

Consulting a Prenup Lawyer in Texas - Should Both Parties Have One?

It is a common misconception that each party is required to separately consult a prenup lawyer before signing a prenuptial or postnuptial...

Calculating Maximum Child Support In Texas

It is important to be aware of Texas’ maximum child support limits. Guidelines for calculating child support in Texas changed after September 1,...

Assault Family Violence - What Is It?

Assault family violence is just a type of assault. It has the same elements as all other assaults. What makes it different is that a judge makes...

Dower in Muslim Marriages

Dower, simply put, is the sum of money set at the time of marriage between a muslim man and woman as the woman's consideration of the marriage....

Divorce in Jordan

Filing divorce case in Jordan need a legal procedure, and at the end the woman will have a divorce and shall get her financial rights.

How to file for a Divorce in Jamaica while living overseas or abroad

Individuals who live overseas or abroad and who have some connections to Jamaica normally enquire whether they should apply for their divorce in...

How Can a Person Win Back Legal Custody of Their Children?

Losing custody of your child is a heart-wrenching experience for any parent. It’s a difficult thing to accept that the court believes your...

Can Children Be Included In A Prenup Or Postnup Agreement in Texas?

Texas law will not enforce prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that involve children unless the agreement is in the child's best interest. The...

Minnesota's Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) and Preparation

Preparing for a Social Early Neutral Evaluation may assist parties in presenting and resolving their custody and parenting time issues at a an...

Adopting a Child from Bangladesh

While Bangladesh does not legally recognize adoption and is not a party to the Hague Convention, the law allows its citizens (at least one...

How to Legally Change Your Name in Florida

Legally changing your name is more than just a personal decision. To have your new name legally recognized, you must follow Florida statutory...

Same-Sex Couple Surrogacy

Recently, a Wisconsin judge pulled a married same-sex couple from Virginia into an eleven-month long legal battle over their parental rights. A...

Civil Partnership versus Marriage in Britain

It is probable that when the British government sanctioned marriage for same sex partners and enshrined the decision in the Marriage (Same Sex...

Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights in Georgia

Numerous factors can constitute child deprivation resulting from parental misconduct and mistreatment. For example, a parent’s conviction for...

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Collaborative Divorce in Texas

Divorce is difficult, but not all divorces are created equally. Here in Austin and Greater Metro Area, more and more people are choosing to...

What Mediation Can Do for You in Your Family Law Case

Mediation is a fast-growing area that first began changing the face of litigation in Texas in the late 1980's. Along with other forms of...

Family Court Process in UAE

1. Statement of Claim The statement of Claim is drafted by the Claimant or the lawyer. The statement of claim has to be in writing and in the...

Are Interspousal Transfers of Gifts and Property Taxable?

The general rule is that property and funds transfers between spouses during marriage and in divorce are not taxable, except for post-divorce...

How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation can be long, boring, tiresome, and emotionally draining. It can also be a tremendous relief when a mediated settlement...

Child Abduction in Romania

The custody and control of children are under Romanian law that of the parents and to those who the courts delegate this authority. Parental...

I Am Healthy: Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney allows you to name someone to make financial decisions for you if you are not able to make those decisions yourself.

Undue Influence: A Form of Elder Abuse

A proactive approach in this situation is to meet with a qualified estate planning attorney to guide the individual through the estate planning...

Prenuptial Agreements: Are They Really Necessary?

Why are your children so concerned about your new life? Are they overreacting?

Do I File For Bankruptcy or Divorce First?

Bankruptcy and Divorce can go hand in hand. The timing of which to do first can be a difficult decision and can have a major impact on your...

LGBT ‘De Facto’ Parental Rights

Advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents are hailing a recent decision by the Maryland Court of...

Divorce in New Jersey

When a marriage or domestic partnership comes to an end, the ensuing divorce proceedings can be extremely complex. Each family is different, and...

Conscious Uncoupling

For many divorcing couples, the goal of reaching an amicable settlement loosely translates to everyone getting out without suffering serious...

Hiring an Attorney to Enforce a Child’s Special Education Rights

If you feel that your child is not receiving the appropriate level of education because a school or district has denied them either correct...

Is Domestic Violence a Felony or Misdemeanor?

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is taken seriously in jurisdictions throughout the country. In some areas, domestic violence is considered a felony. In...

Domestic Battery Laws

  By HG.org
Domestic violence instances continue to run rampant throughout the country. Learning about the laws related to domestic battery and the...

An Overview of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is an act that has been difficult to categorize legally in some states, but it has been increasing in occurrence throughout...

Is Prosecution the Only Way to Stop Domestic Violence?

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a continuing issue that has predominately affected women and young children. Laws have been changing to assist in changing...

Repercussions of Domestic Violence Accusations

  By HG.org
When domestic violence ensues, the person that perpetrates the acts and is convicted may find himself or herself on the receiving end of many...

Divorcing Someone in the Military

Military lives are different in many ways. Someone who is part of the military can be divorced in our state courts just like everyone else....

Can I Make My Ex Pay My Attorney's Fees?

What Constitutes “Bad Faith” to Justify an Award of Counsel Fees?

Fathers’ Rights in New Jersey

Today’s modern family has come a long way. Gone are the days where mom was relegated only to raising kids and tending to the home.

Fathers’ Rights in New Jersey

When children are involved in a divorce, emotions can often turn an already stressful situation into an unbearable one, especially when both...

Fighting Restraining Order Petitions

  By HG.org
Restraining orders are an important tool for victims of domestic violence. They limit the interactions that the victim is subjected to when...

Evidence Necessary for a Protective Order Involving Family Violence

  By HG.org
When attempting to get a protective order when family violence is involved, victims are often confronting a complex issue. However, it is...

Abuse Inflicted on Elderly Women

  By HG.org
Although abuse may be inflicted on anyone, young or old, male or female, there is a disproportionate number of incidences involving elderly...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

  By HG.org
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994. This important law...

No Contact Orders in Family Law

  By HG.org
In some family law cases, a no contact order may be issued. This order prohibits the defendant from having any contact with the alleged victim....

Retrieving Personal Property when No Contact Order Is in Place

  By HG.org
A no contact order is a civil order that instructs a person not to have contact with another person, often because the other person has alleged...

Domestic Violence against Men

  By HG.org
When people think of domestic violence, they often visualize the image of a distressed woman who has been mistreated by her boyfriend or...

False Allegations Regarding Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence affects every socioeconomic level, culture and race in the United States. Due to the prevalence of domestic violence in the...

When Protection Orders Are Misused

  By HG.org
Victims of domestic violence can secure a protection order so that the alleged abuser cannot be around them. This is a court order that...

When You Need a Protective Order

  By HG.org
Every year, victims of domestic violence are seriously injured and some are even killed. Victims of domestic violence can take a step toward...

What You Should Know About Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. It often affects every segment of society. Whether you are a victim of domestic...

What is International Adoption?

International adoption laws and procedures are complicated. It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who has...

Domestic Violence Process Explained

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious violent crime with aggressive behavior from one person often injuring another. Bodily harm to various degrees is...

Immigration Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not United States citizens risk being removed from the country if they are convicted of certain crimes. A conviction for a...

If the Witness Refuses to Testify, Are the Charges Dropped?

  By HG.org
A common question that prosecutors are asked is if a case will be dismissed if the victim decides not to testify against the alleged abuser. The...

India to Enact a New Law on Surrogacy - Foreigners Barred from Seeking Services of an Indian Mother

For the past two decades, India has been the place for foreigners who seek to have a child through surrogacy, the states of Gujarat and Kerala...

The Consequences of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Tragically, domestic violence is far too common. According to the United States Department of Justice, one in three victims of violent crimes...

Same-Sex Family Law Matters

Many New Jersey LGBTQ couples consider 2013 to be a landmark year. In that year, a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was...


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