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Allison Williams Williams Law Group Family Law, Divorce, Custody & Support
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Alcoholism & Drug Addiction

Characteristics of the PAS Diagnosis

Dr. Gardner identified eight factors that can contribute to alienation. The alienating parent engages in a “campaign of denigration” against the targeted parent. In other words, PA is not a spouse saying one mean or spiteful remark out of context. The parent has to systematically say or do things to convince your child of your wrongness.   The depreciation is based on weak or absurd...

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FAQs about DCP&P and Child Neglect and Abuse Charges [Part 6]

How do visits with your child work? In general, when your child is in foster care, it’s up to DCP&P to arrange visits that will occur for one hour every other week at the DCP&P office. Your attorney can help you obtain longer and more frequent times to meet up with your child. You also may be able to arrange things, so that you meet with your child outside the DCP&P office at a place...

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FAQs about DCP&P and Child Neglect and Abuse Charges [Part 5]

How confidential is any information I share with my attorney? In general, what you tell your attorney in confidence (when no one else is around) must remain confidential. However, your attorney is obligated to go to the police if you say that you are going to commit a crime in the future. Will the general public be able to access information from the court hearings? No. Both information at the...

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Is supervision required any time DCPP files a complaint alleging abuse?

To learn about supervised visitation any time DCPP files a complaint, watch this...

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FAQs about DCP&P and Child Neglect and Abuse Charges [Part 4]

Can you still get charged with a crime related to the abuse or neglect charges? Yes. The prosecutor’s office can go after you for criminal charges related to abuse or neglect. Will what happens in the criminal case affect what happens in the civil case and vice versa? Yes. For instance, if you admit during the civil case that you did harm your child (even to a minor extent), that fact may then...

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Strategies for Finding an Attorney for Your Abuse or Neglect Case

Before you search for a legal representative, take time to reflect. What values do you want to govern the relationship? What goals are important for you to achieve? You probably have a general sense of what you want, but the more specific you can be at the beginning, the better. Understand Your Purpose “All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could...

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Allison C. Williams presents to the Haydn Proctor Inns of Court

On December 4, 2013, Allison C. Williams will be presenting to the Haydn Proctor Inns of Court. The presentation topic will be Substance Abuse and the Family Law Client. This issue greatly impacts our society. Many assumptions are made about addiction and parenting that cause difficulty for family court judges. Should addiction cause an immediate removal of children? When is excessive alcohol...

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A Father Wrongfully Accused of Rape on the Katie Couric Show

Thomas Kennedy, a father wrongfully accused of raping his daughter, tells his tragic tale on the Katie Couric Show. Thomas, a recovering alcoholic, neglected time with his daughters before he became sober. Unfortunately, post-divorce, his daughter was seeking attention, calling out for help, and this was her plea. Because Thomas is a recovering alcoholic, Katie Couric asked the question if there...

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Intoxication from Prescription Drugs is NOT automatically Child Neglect

On October 2, 2012, the Appellate Division published the case of DYFS (DCPP) v. S.N.W., providing trial Courts with guidance to determine allegations of neglect where a parent consumes prescription medication to the point of intoxication. In S.N.W., the parents both ingested prescribed Xanax – allegedly more than the maximum dosage permitted per day – while caring for their children,...

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Substance Abuse Evaluations by DCPP/DYFS

When the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), f/k/a the Division of Youth and Family Services, (DYFS) receives an allegation of abuse or neglect stemming from the use or abuse of alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal), often the accused parent is asked to submit to a substance abuse evaluation. This process entails meeting with a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)...

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