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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can someone on the child registry list not be supervised by other adults when the child lives there
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Sep 9, 2021

If someone is required to be registered on the "child registry list", presumably there is a court order in place identifying the restrictions imposed on contact with children and who is qualified to supervise. Start with that document and also speak with the probation department officer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have a 16 yr old granddaughter whom was living with her mother in GA. Her mom kicked her out and sent her to her fathe

To NJ. Granddaughter wants to live with father. Mother refused to send docs to father. As her maternal grandmother can I ask the court for a law guardian for my Granddaughter. Father can't get birth certificate, his name isn't on it. My daughter wants her daughter to live hard. Job corps... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Aug 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you and your granddaughter have to go through this stressful time.

The most direct answer is you can file a grandparents rights application and request formal custody of your granddaughter. Then the court can order your daughter to turn over...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Hello! My 9 years old refuses to go overnight with her dad, should I force her?

Hello! My 9 years old refuses to go overnight with her dad every other weekend. Last weekend she went forced by her dad”s attorney intimidating letter. I have to pick her up a 3:30 am she couldn’t sleep, she said she was scare but she doesn’t say of what. When we get home she went to sleep... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jul 26, 2021

My guess is that you and your husband recently separated and since separating, your husband wants to put in place a parenting time plan and he has enlisted the assistance of a lawyer and they have told you that if you do not cooperate with their efforts to put this plan in place, they will seek... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: How should I say no, legally, to a grandparent wanting visitation when she’s her sons supervisor for his visitation?

I know the parent has a right to refuse grandparents time, but I also thought legally I can’t discuss extra time out of my court ordered agreement considering my daughters father lives at his mothers house (where parenting time takes place). Plus I don’t trust the mother as she could be asking... Read more »

Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jul 23, 2021

There is no particular "legal" way to decline the request. I would just recommend keeping any communication that you have with her (which you are not required to have in the first place) as short and simple as possible, without any judgmental or confrontational statements.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: TRO violation (sent a harmless text) on a TRO gained on false pretenses

Prosecutor wants me to plea to 1 year probation, dna submission, mental and substance abuse evaluation, a fine, unable to bear arms or leave state during time of probation. My child’s father lied and was granted TRO giving him immediate temp custody of daughter. Before FRO hearing my child’s... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jul 4, 2021

Unfortunately, you get what you paid for. The simple fact is you had an TRO in place, and violated it. I realize this does seem like a harsh punishment, but no one here knows the facts of your case. I strongly suggest that you find the money one way or another for an experienced criminal defense... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Can a shared custody order be transferred to nj from NY since the mother now lives in nj? 15 minutes from me.
Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jul 2, 2021

Until you have a new order, the outstanding order is in effect. The jurisdiction of which court would be the right forum to modify your custody order would depend on where you, the mother of the child, and the child presently resides. If you need to update the order or don't know if you need... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: If a father is not on birth certificate in new jersey does he have legal rights
Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jun 10, 2021

If you believe you are the father of the child in question, you can file a case in family court to establish paternity of the child. If the court determines that you are the father of the child, then you would have the legal right to seek parenting time, while you would simultaneously have the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex wife has been receiving SSDI child support payments for the 4 children but I don't get credited for the payments
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 19, 2021

If your children are receiving SSD benefits on as a result of your disability, then you are entitled to a seek a credit in the calculation of child support under the child support guidelines - meaning that these benefits are intended to be deducted from your guidelines child support obligation. As... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, which court order does a mother need to file for a child custody case?
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 11, 2021

I am presuming you are looking to file an FD complaint in the non-dissolution part of the family court part for custody and parenting time and as a pro se, you need to go through the court form to check off all of the applicable boxes and then provide a detailed statement of pertinent information (... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: I recently applied for my firearms license in NJ. I was denied due to my "violent and aggressive history."

I've been in a relationship for 6 years now and he had a nasty divorce/custody battle in the first three years. His ex-wife filed multiple false police reports against me thinking that it would sway the custody verdict but she ultimately lost custody. In one of the reports, she coached her... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 10, 2021

I would contact your local police chief and / or the county prosecutors office and ask for the background search material and the source[s] giving rise to the concerns voiced about you. The less confrontational you are with them, the more likely they will be to provide the information sought (... Read more »

5 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Falsely accused of domestic violence just so she can obtain custody of my kids can I hire an attorney need help
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Apr 28, 2021

Yes you can hire a lawyer. If your case is in family court hire a family lawyer, if your case is in municipal or criminal court I suggest hiring a good criminal lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Why did I receive a letter from child support when I didn't apply?

I recently received a letter from Child Support giving me a user id and a temporary pin. I am the custodial parent and I didn't request child support. I am the sole person financially responsible for my dependent.

I recently was served with papers regarding custody/visitation. Could... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Apr 22, 2021

Yes. Please also make sure that you file your response to the custody / parenting time request promptly if you object to the custody or parenting time sought by your ex. You cannot simply walk into court and tell the court your objection. Under the court rules, you must file a specific written... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I live in NJ and my kids live in TN. The divorce and parenting plan were made in TN. Is it valid if they move out of TN?

My kids and their mom are moving out of TN to Georgia and I currently live in NJ. Is the parenting agreement that was made in TN regarding travel and child support still valid in another state?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 2, 2021

Not a simple question since you are telling me that your ex and the children are planning on moving out of Georgia.

If they were staying in Georgia, under the “Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act” (UCCJEA), Georgia would retains control over your children. But if no...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Legal Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: Is a judge in possesion of evidence in a case he is presiding over legally bound to present it in court
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Feb 11, 2021

That is not the function of a Judge. What you really need to do is to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to represent you. There is nothing even remotely resembling legal malpractice. Besides, how do you know what a Judge possesses? Even if that is true, that does not mean it is admissible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: How to file for joint custody if I don't know where my child lives in another state
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Feb 5, 2021

1. When was the last time that you saw your child?

2. Is there a court order in existence that acknowledged you as the biological father of the child?

3. If an order is in existence, was it entered by the court in New Jersey or by a court in another state?

4. Do you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can you get custody of a child if the father has assaulted the mother but not the child in the state of New Jersey?

I lived with my boyfriend and father of my youngest child until he recently hit me and threw a remote control at my older child’s face (child from a previous relationship). My ex boyfriend has assaulted me on multiple occasions, but has never hit our child. Do I have legal grounds to get custody... Read more »

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger answered on Feb 3, 2021

Thank you for your question. In the event you believe you are a victim of domestic violence, I cannot stress the importance of contacting local law enforcement to ensure you address the issue and can obtain the appropriate protection. Regarding custody, it is unclear where the parties or the child... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: My exwife withholding my child during one year without any reason and violating court order where we have visitationtime

After I remarried my exwife start to withhold my son from me. One year I don’t see my son. She completly stop all communication with my son. Before she took away his phone he texted me that he love me and want to see me so much. What should I do at this case and can I fight in court for sole... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jan 27, 2021

You need to schedule a consultation with a "certified matrimonial trial lawyer by the New Jersey Supreme Court" to discuss what has taken place and how to get your parenting time rights re-established. I dont know if what you filed with the court was filed incorrectly or if there is... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: I have joint custody of my 16 and 11 year old children in NJ. My ex wants to move out of the country with the kids.

We both own homes a couple miles apart. The kids stay with me about half the time. Can she move without my consent?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 22, 2021

No! Your ex-wife must make a motion with the Court to do so. However, if you think there is a real danger of this happening, then you need to be proactive and retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to bring an action before the Court, to impound their passports. It always pays to be proactive... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: I did not include my original MSA in a post divorce motion I filed. I am filing an amended motion. How do I list it?

Meaning it would now be EXHIBIT A, so do I change all of the other EXHIBITS down one in the alphabet (A becomes B; B to C, etc.), or do I add it in with a new letter (R in this case)?

This is just a simple technical question about how to add in an Exhibit. My Motion date isn't until... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jan 19, 2021

I don't know what issue is being presented to the court, but if your application seeks reexamination of a support provision of the settlement agreement, you also must file your case information statement from the divorce and file a current case information statement. If you are filing an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: I have filed a post divorce motion pro se in NJ. Will I be allowed to question her during oral arguments?

My ex has broken previous orders and is withholding my daughters from me.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jan 4, 2021

Oral argument on motion practice is not the time to "cross-examine" the other side. On a typical "motion day" a family part judge has 10 -12 different applications pending before him and at least 8- 10 applications where the parties were not seeking oral argument. The... Read more »

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