New Jersey DYFS Lawyers

Williams Law Group, LLC

830 Morris Turnpike
Suite 206

Short Hills, New Jersey 07078

Phone(908) 810-1083

Law Firm Overview

The Williams Law Group, LLC, is a New Jersey firm specializing in child welfare defense. Founding attorney Allison Williams is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of child abuse and neglect. She and her team know the inner workings of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency


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Articles Published by Williams Law Group, LLC

 What Happens when New Jersey DYFS Comes to Your House

Getting a call from the Division of Youth and Family Services can be scary and confusing.

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 How To Appeal a New Jersey DYFS Finding

Following and investigation by the DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services), they will issue a ruling of substantiated, established, not established, or unfounded.

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 When Can You Obtain Indefinite Alimony in NJ

If youíre going through the process of getting divorced, you know just how expensive and consuming it can be.

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 Cross Examinations in New Jersey Child Custody Trials

A divorce is painful enough, but having a trial for whom gets custody of the child is particularly dreadful because of the details and arguments made that almost feel like character assassination.

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 Common Mistakes Parents Make with New Jersey DYFS

So you received a call from the Division of Youth and Family Services and they want to investigate your childís wellbeing and care.

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 Why DYFS Caseworkers Donít Help You

You are under an investigation set out by Child Protection Services. Without a doubt, you are angry, confused, worried, and scared at the thought of losing your children. Could it get any worse at this point? Yes. Your encounter with CPS is just getting started.

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 New Jersey Child Born out of Wedlock and a Fatherís Rights

Children born out of wedlock are, without a doubt, taken care of by their mother unless the mother names their father or the father himself files a petition in the court for the same.

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 How to Avoid Overpaying Alimony in New Jersey

Alimony in NJ is paid when the divorce proceedings start.

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 DYFS Scare Tactics

Have you found yourself in the midst of an investigation launched by Child Protection Services?

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 Common Pre-Nuptial Agreement Terms in New Jersey

Marriage is synonymous with trust, commitment and a long term relationship.

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 Advanced Directives and Why You Need One

No one knows what the future holds, in fact thinking about the future can be a scary thing, especially when considering your health as you get older.

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 What Not to Do During a Child Abuse Case in New Jersey

First - do not panic! Let's move forward on the assumption that you are not guilty or at the very least not guilty of (deliberate) abuse.

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 How Does Child Abuse Affect Custody in New Jersey?

A decision to sever a marriage either by divorce or separation is not one to be taken lightly. While the disbursement of a property is often a contentious issue by itself, added to this is the complexity of children and their custody.

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 How Is Child Abuse Determined in New Jersey?

Child abuse is considered a serious crime throughout the United States.

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 Successful Co-Parenting after Child Abuse

Co-parenting is when two adults come together to raise a child/ children in a situation where either one or none of the adults are the biological parent(s) or when the two adults are not in a romantic relationship or living together.

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 Abusing Children Via the Internet

Child abuse has long been a problem, but the internet has opened up doors for more abuse to occur.

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 Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey

A tragic fact is that sometimes there are people who are working in nursing homes, taking care of the elderly, that abuse or neglect the patients in their care.

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 Drug Abuse Laws in New Jersey

There is an epidemic that the entire nation faces right now and New Jersey is a location that is also suffering.

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 Immigrant Abuse Laws in New Jersey

There has been a history of abuse of immigrants who come [to the United States] to work.

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 Reasons Attorneys for Abused and Neglected Children Must Support Juvenile Justice Reform

There is an on-going issue across the States of America in how children are responded to when it comes to removing them from their family homes.

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 CPS Casworkers Have Too Much Power

Child protection services are the people that are supposed to protect children out in the community as well as support caregivers in fulfilling their role when they face hardship.

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 What Is New Jerseyís Emancipation Law?

The Emancipation of a child is when they no longer have support and control from either of their parents.

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 How Do You Amend a Will in New Jersey?

With life expectancy being longer and more people getting divorced circumstances can change from when your first will was created.

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 What Does New Jersey CPS Look For

The New Jersey CPS program was put in place to ensure the safety of children, stability of their home, and offers family support as well.

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 What Happens when CPS Opens a Case

The CPS program is designed to protect children from harmful situations and circumstances where they are potentially put in danger.

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 New Jersey Estate Tax Law

As well as paying inheritance tax if you are the named recipient in a will people of New Jersey are also subject to additional Estate Tax if the value of the property is deemed taxable as well as adjusted gifts being taxable.

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 New Jersey Parental Alienation

Separation can be extremely stressful especially when children are involved and also affected.

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 How to Make a Parenting Plan in New Jersey

There are two ways to make parenting plan in New Jersey. The first is with a legal professional and the second is to make your own using online templates.

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 How Child Support Is Determined in New Jersey

If you are no longer with the mother/father of your child and do not have full custody then at some point child support will need to be determined.

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 Helping Children with Parenting Time

If parents decide they want joint custody then the custody can be split by a court of law because this is presumed to be the best way for children to keep a good relationship with both parents.

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 Common CPS Complaints in New Jersey

Child protective services may have a fundamental goal to aid and assist families suspected of abuse or neglect, yet certain workers of CPS make errors during their investigation.

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 How to Prevent Your Spouse from Taking Your Child Out of the Country

There are many reason why a parent may need to be concerned about their child being taken out of the country.

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 Am I Liable for My Ex-Spouse's Debts in New Jersey?

When you go through a divorce, it seems like everything gets split between you and your ex-spouse, including bad debt.

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 Same-Sex Relationship Abuse in New Jersey

Same-sex relationships face the same issues that every other relationship may have to deal with, including abuse.

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 How a Divorce Can Impact Your Retirement Planning

Everyone knows that divorce has a rather massive impact on life. From the relationship itself to all of the financial changes, divorce affects most everything, including your retirement.

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 What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation

For many, legal separations simply sounds like a different way of saying divorce.

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 What to Do if Child Protective Services Social Workers Are Investigating You

If you are being investigated by the Child Protection services there are a few things that you should do to protect yourself and your child to the best of your ability.

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 Bullying Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey constituted an anti bullying law in 2002 that was one of the first to be initiated, in 2003 New Jersey and 14 other states passed the anti-bullying laws with most of the states forming the laws, due to the vast number of high school shooting being conducted during the period of 1990s.

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 Elder Abuse Laws in New Jersey

In New Jersey, the goal is to protect those people who are most vulnerable.

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 CPS and Parentís Rights

CPS decoded: CPS stands for Child Protective Services and is the governmental agency that is responsible for providing child protection. They usually respond to complaints about child abuse or neglect.

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 Sexual Assault Laws in New Jersey

Rape is a very serious crime that can cause lasting damage to its victims. The problem is that a lot of victims never come forward because they fear negative repercussions for seeking help.

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 Common Law Marriage and Child Support

Years ago, common law marriage was a much more popular and accepted practice.

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 A Few Things You Should Know About New Jersey CPS Litigation

The New Jersey CP & P: It is the Child Protection and Permanency under the Department Child and Family (DCF) that is responsible for the governmental Child Protection Services (CPS) in the state of New Jersey.

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 How Does A New Jersey CPS Case Work?

Child Protection System or CPS in New Jersey works in multiple layers.

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 How a Simple Assault Conviction Can Ruin Your Life

What is a simple assault? Though the legal definition of simple assault varies from state to state, the broad base subscribes to it being an act of misdemeanor.

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 The Dos and Doníts of a CPS Visit

CPS or Child Protective Services is a government agency in the United States of America that mainly deals with cases of child abuse and neglect.

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 Therapist Records in a Child Abuse Allegation

It is a common practice to place children in therapy, in case sexual abuse is alleged or suspected in a given situation.

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 Are Prenuptial Agreements Necessary in New Jersey?

In New Jersey you are not required by law to make a prenuptial agreement before marriage however it is advisable to do so.

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 Child Protective Services Scare Tactics

Without the fear of the law to stop them from using scare tactics, Child Protective Services are often in the media for having bullied care givers into giving up the rights to their children unnecessarily.

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 The Right to Counsel for Children in Dependency Cases

CPS decoded: CPS stands for Child Protective Services and is the governmental agency that is responsible for providing child protection.

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 CPS Guidelines in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, the Child Protective Services (CPS) is enforced through the governmental agency, CP & P, the child protection and permanency under the Department of Child and Family (DCF).

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 Fighting New Jersey CPS Interrogations

CPS or Child Protective Services is mainly responsible for the protection of children.

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 New Jersey CPS Parents Rights

Child Protective Services (CPS) is the United States governmental agency responsible for child protection and acts upon complaints of child abuse and neglect.

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 CPS Regulations In New Jersey

Child Protection System or CPS in New Jersey works in multiple layers.

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 CPS Guidelines For Child Removal In New Jersey

The State of New Jerseyís public policy considers a childís safety and health of utmost concern.

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 How Do I Check the Status of My New Jersey CPS Case?

The Child Protective Services (or CPS as it is more commonly known) is a government agency.

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 How CPS Decides if a New Jersey Child Is in Danger

The New Jersey CP & P: It is the Child Protection and Permanency under the Department Child and Family (DCF) that is responsible for the governmental Child Protection Services (CPS) in the state of New Jersey.

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 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 Jerseyís child welfare agency (DCP&P) arenít aware that they have rights they can defend.

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 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 for your child on a day-to-day basis, there are many things you can do to remain involved in your childís life and contribute to his or her care.

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 Child Welfare Litigation Strategies

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

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 Mothers vs. Fathers - Special Rights in Divorces

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

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 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 of Family and Protective Services, a state agency.

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 What Child Welfare Casworkers Expect from You

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

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 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 situation can often be different then what is reported especially in child custody and visitation matters.

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 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 extract revenge for various unrelated reasons.

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 What Is Considered Child Abuse in New Jersey?

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

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 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 given for adoption, throughout the adoption process.

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 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.

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 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 rights are transferred to the adoptive parent.

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 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.

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 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 the parent.

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 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 time with their child.

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 Will My Child Be Interviewed in a New Jersey Custody Case?

Making a decision on custody that is in the best interests of the child isnít easy to do. Judges must consider several factors when making such a decision, including the parentsí preferences for custody and, in some cases, the childís.

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 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 child welfare litigation process is taxing. It will feel like it is you against a questionable child welfare system that has made mistakes in the past.

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 What Constitutes Child Neglect in New Jersey?

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

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