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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I’m married with a 4 year old child. My wife wants to separate. move to Florida and take my daughter. She wants me to

Honor her wish without me fighting for my daughter to be close to both of us. I’m willing to let her go but not permanently. How should I handle this

Leonard R. Boyer
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answered on Apr 14, 2024

This could be done straightforward basis except for the part about it not being permanent. After about 1 year, the child's home state becomes FL. and your chances of achieving your objective diminish substantially. You should probably rethink this entire situation. There is no easy answer and... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have to cooperate with CPS when they are investigating me based off of an allegation from school?

The case worker interviewed my children at school. Didn't contact or attempt to show up to my home for 6 days, she stated it w because she was not concerned, after speaking with children and did not see any need for emergency steps. said it's open and shut, she had no concerns The CPS... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Mar 19, 2024

From your description, it sounds like DCPP (the Department of Child Protection and Permanency, New Jersey's child protective services branch) is conducting an initial investigation into allegations of possible abuse or neglect. If this is an initial investigation, you are not necessarily... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Can I move out of the house with my kids before a divorce or agreement? Or would it be abandonment I live in NJ

Married 8 yrs living together 16. 2 kids 9 & 11 yrs old. The house is only under my husbands name but was bought right after my youngest son was born but before we got married, he doesn’t work(hasn’t for a few yrs) I pay the mortgage (I give him the money cash) and also pay bills thru my... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Mar 12, 2024

Abandonment or desertion is a fault-based ground for divorce in New Jersey. It is defined by statute (N.J.S.A. 2A:34-2) as "willful and continued desertion" for a term of 12 months or longer. One way to establish abandonment as a fault-based ground for divorce is by providing proof that... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Why after 7 years of being a fit mother and filing half a dozen times for joint custody, I still don't have it?

award me joint custody of our daughter? I've been accused of doing drugs, which I disproved over and over with clean hair follicle tests, having my child withheld whenever the father feels like changing the schedule. Also, when my daughter was a baby and I asked the judge when I can raise... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Feb 16, 2024

I understand your frustration but there are pieces to this story that are missing and the best advice I can give you is to sit down with an experienced divorce lawyer to review the history of the court orders entered in your matter and review the certifications filed in support of your requests and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My dad kicked me out of the house at 17 but won't let me proceed with adult measures. What do I do?

I became pregnant at 17 and made my dad aware. He told me that if I kept the baby, I would be out of the house but if I got rid of the baby, I could stay. I decided to keep the baby but asked if I could stay at least until I finished school and he continued to say that if I kept the baby, I would... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jan 28, 2024

You need to meet with a social service worker from the county where you lived while living with your dad to find out what resources are available to you for healthcare, schooling, housing, etc to be able to finish school and for the baby's benefit. I would also talk with the father of your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: My daughter is in foster care, the foster parents want to get her a passport, take her to Aruba, with A Columbian guy.

They only just recently met this Columbian guy.

I am very concerned. Can I stop them from getting a passport for my daughter?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jan 28, 2024

You have the ritght to reach out to the DCCP representative who is in charge of your matter. Speak with him / her and voice your concerns and let the rep speak to the foster parents about the details of this trip.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have joint custody of the children. My adversary hasn't consulted with anything, now ask me to pay for all expenses

I have joint custody of the children, but my adversary hasn't consulted me on any decisions since our divorce.

Without my input, she chose an expensive out-of-state school for our son. Recently, she filed a motion seeking me to cover all college and additional expenses. Do I stand a... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jan 24, 2024

You NEED to meet with an experienced divorce lawyer and have him prepare your opposition paperwork and your cross application addressing your ex's failure / refusal to cooperate with your rights as a joint legal parent under the terms of your agreement. Simply walking into court and thinking... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Constitutional Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can the father of his pregnant minor daughter put the daughter's boyfriend on child support when the baby is born?

I'm currently 17 years old and I recently told my father I was pregnant. He's pushing abortion pretty hard but that's not my choice. The father of the baby is very involved and is currently 18. My father has given me an ultimatum: if I don't abort the baby, I'm to not be in... View More

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In your situation, it's important to understand that parental rights and responsibilities primarily rest with the biological parents of the child, not the grandparents. Once your baby is born, you and your boyfriend, as the biological parents, are the primary individuals responsible for the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: could moving to a different state and changing the custody schedule be construed as child abandonment.

current custody schedule is one week on one week off. Both guardians live in the same state. One will relocate for a job out of state.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jan 7, 2024

Both parents / guardians for a child live in NJ and share physical custody of the child equally and now 1 parent / guardian wants to relocate out of state and change the custody / parenting time plan - does the other parent / guardian agree to the other parent / guardian moving out of state and if... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Greetings, I filed a restraining order on the father of my child who we have a dv history since 2012 to 17

Greetings,

I filed a restraining order on the father of my child who we have a dv history since 2012 to 17 At the present time my daughter is residing with defendant temporary from court. In bergen county nj. The restraining order is in full affect still and judge told defendant that he can... View More

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answered on Nov 15, 2023

The only way to resolve this matter is to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney who has extensive domestic violence trial experience. In determining your choice of an attorney, there are many factors to consider, including but not limited to and you should look at how the attorney is ranked on... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: My son won't let me see my grandson? I'm live in NJ, do I have a right to see him??

My son isn't married but lives with the mother of his son and she doesn't like me..she has my son convinced I'm teaching my grandson curse words (he is 3 and repeats everything) and I've told my son I never curse in front of him and instead I'm always correcting my son and... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 15, 2023

Under N.J.S.A. 9:2-7.1(b), the following factors must be considered by the court in a grandparent visitation matter:

(1) The relationship between the child and the applicant;

(2) The relationship between each of the child's parents or the person with whom the child is residing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: What proof do I need to argue for sole custody of my children temporarily.

My husband abuses alcohol (I would say alcoholic) while taking various prescription meds over the years. History of anger issues, infidelity, abuse. Physically with myself, and around the home. Breaking/throwing things. I have 1 police report of property destruction, but nothing for my physical... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 9, 2023

The difference between "sole custody" and "joint legal custody" is the obligation to discuss "major decisions affecting the children's health, education, and general welfare" - meaning if a doctor suggested that a child have surgery, should you be obligated to let... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My girlfriend’s ex husband is attempting to take her kids out after an event on her night

My girlfriend’s ex husband is attempting to take her kids out after an event on her night. He has invited family out to dinner and thinks he is taking them. Per the divorce agreement and parenting schedule it is her night . If he physically tries to take them am i able to stop him

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Oct 30, 2023

I'm going to guess that the "event" is something special for the child/children and after the event his family is going out for dinner, and he wants the children to join them. The short answer is that your girlfriend needs to take the lead on this issue and if she does not want the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Health Care Law for New Jersey on
Q: What are the COVID guidelines in New Jersey for noncustodial supervised visitation?

The supervisor of these visits tested positive for covid.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Aug 15, 2023

If the supervision is through an agency or program, I presume that they have other supervisors available. If its a private person acting as a supervisor, then I presume that you need to speak with the supervisor about finding a replacement acceptable to you and to your former partner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex-son in law wants to take his 3 children and hang out with his girlfriend in a tattoo shop. What can we do?

Kids are twins who are 6 and a 13 year old.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Aug 10, 2023

First question: where is your daughter in this equation?

Is she opposed to the kids hanging out there and if so, what if anything has she said/done to express her objections?

As grandparents, you can try and talk with your former son in law and tell him that you are willing to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a parent with joint custody take a child (15months old) on a cruise without at least notifying the other parent?

Everyone resides in New Jersey and we have joint legal custody of our son

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jul 13, 2023

The first and most important question is whether you and your ex have a written agreement memorializing the terms of your custody, parenting time and support setting.

Secondly, you said that you and your ex have a joint custody arrangement but in New Jersey, custody arrangements are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have to allow the NCP to have more time than what is in court order?

Our court order/parenting plan doesn’t say the parenting time schedule changes when there is no school. The NCP has proposed a schedule for when our child doesn’t have school that includes longer parenting time and an additional overnight a week since our child is not in school. My child does... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jun 12, 2023

There is no simple answer to your question. From a court's perspective, your child should know and spend quality time with both parents, so the starting point is whether your ex asked for additional time prior to the court entering the order and that request was denied or whether neither of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: how to get custody established with a civil order that's in place ?

we went to have a custody court date. She lied and said I threatened her with no proof. the judge granted her a restraining order. we went to court for that and it was switched to a civil restraint order. it says I can only see my son supervised once a week, but she had no proof of why. my son... View More

Leonard R. Boyer
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answered on May 21, 2023

A full custody case is a very expensive proceeding, which will require expert testimony. You need to make sure that you have the resources to retain the attorney and the necessary experts that will be required. You do not want to bring a case for custody and lose for lack of resources. With modern... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Can any state have authority to press charges of interference in a custody order? Or only jurisdiction State can?
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 5, 2023

If your ex is refusing to comply with an order for parenting time, then you will file an application with the court to compel compliance/sanctions against your ex for her / his actions. The court does not take action on its own because of a claim of interference. The judge hearing your application... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: DCP&P LEGAL ISSUES

Back in February DCPP was involved with me drinking. The worker and supervisor are extremely unqualified to do their jobs. I've sent emails, text, messages, voice-mail etc and they rarely get back to me.

While I'm being ignored, court was adjourned twice and then canceled today.... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 4, 2023

The short answer is that you can schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney who handles DCPP matters and is knowledgeable on the rules governing investigations by DCPP reps and the timeline for the completion of their investigations. An experienced family law attorney can also... View More

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