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Allison Williams Williams Law Group Family Law, Divorce, Custody & Support
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When Can You Ask for Temporary Emergency Custody?

When Can You Ask for Temporary Emergency Custody?

Immediate Protection in Serious Situations   If you suspect your child is in imminent danger, your instinct is to protect him or her at all costs. In some situations, it is necessary to take your child to a safer environment, away from the harmful parent. If you share custody or if the other parent has parenting time rights, however, you may not be able to take your child without permission or a court order. A court order can grant you temporary emergency custody. This will allow you to take your child somewhere safe or withhold access from the other parent, without the risk of violating any of the other parent’s rights.   Temporary Emergency Custody Orders   Temporary emergency custody orders can be obtained in emergency situations where your child’s safety is at stake. If you need to get emergency sole custody of your child in order to protect him or her from imminent danger, you should consult with an attorney. You will need to prove to the judge that your child is in imminent or immediate danger of abuse or mistreatment. An order for temporary custody can last just a few days or long enough to have a final hearing on the case. After a final custody hearing, the other parent may be allowed to see your child again, but they may need to complete certain steps, such as drug treatment or counseling, first. The visits may also need to be supervised for a period of time. You may also get temporary custody if you have been the victim of abuse and have a temporary restraining order against the abuser. This would allow you to take your child with you and prevent the abuser from contacting you or your child. The abuser may be allowed parenting time once a permanent restraining order is issued or even upon immediate appeal of the temporary restraining order’s limits on access to the child. In any case, call 911 if your child is in immediate danger, and then call an attorney. Protecting your child appropriately requires understanding how great the risk of danger is and finding the right advocate for your situation. Consult with an experienced New Jersey child custody attorney if you have questions about temporary emergency custody. The process to get an emergency custody order can be complex, and it moves quickly. An attorney can help you navigate the process...

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Can I Have Parental Rights Without Custody?

Can I Have Parental Rights Without Custody?

Custody vs. Rights   Custody grants parents certain rights regarding their children. These rights are specific. You can still have certain parental rights even if you don’t have custody. The rights that custody can grant you have to do with where your child lives and who makes important decisions regarding him or her. Understanding your rights as a parent without custody requires a quick look at what rights custody does grant. Having physical or legal custody of your child means you have more rights than a parent without custody has. Physical custody gives you the right to have your child live with you. This also means you are responsible for your child while he or she is in your care. Legal custody gives you the right to make major decisions about your child’s health, education, or upbringing. Both types of custody can be sole or shared by the parents. Custody is awarded to the parent or parents who can best provide for and meet the needs of the child. In many cases, a parent without physical or legal custody will still have the right to an appropriate amount of parenting time. This is the time you get visit with your child. The custodial parent does not have the right to interfere with your parenting time, even if you fail to pay child support. It is vitally important you exercise and defend the right to parenting time in order to be a positive presence in your child’s life but also ensure your rights won’t be taken away. Your parental rights can be limited if you fail to exercise parenting time, and having them reinstated is not always easy. You may also lose the right to access any information about your child. Not having custody does not necessarily mean your parental rights have been terminated.   Fight for Your Parental Rights   Your parental rights are important. If you don’t have custody but would like to learn about your parental rights, consult with an experienced New Jersey child custody attorney. If you have parental rights, it is very important that you exercise them. Learning about the full extent of your rights is the best way to do that. An attorney can advise you of your rights as a parent and help you protect them.   Do you have questions about child custody in New Jersey? Williams Law Group, LLC is here...

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What Is Parental Alienation?

What Is Parental Alienation?

The Importance of the Child-Parent Relationship One of the dangers of divorce and separation to children is parental alienation. Parental alienation happens when one parent does or says things to turn the child against the other parent. The parent may or may not do this intentionally. Nevertheless, it can make a child side with one parent more than the other. Eventually, this can result in a child being resentful of or hostile toward one parent.  Parental Alienation and Divorce During a divorce, a child needs positive support from both parents. Unfortunately, some parents will speak disparagingly about the other parent in an attempt to win the affection of the child. As a result, the parent-child relationship suffers. In severe cases, the child may refuse to see the other parent. And, in the midst of a custody battle, this can affect the outcome of the case in a way that isn’t beneficial to the child. Parents can create parental alienation between the child and parent by any number of actions, such as: Making disparaging remarks about the other parent in front of the child Being dishonest about the actions and feelings of the other parent Sharing the reason for the breakup with the child in an inappropriate way Blaming the other parent Interfering with the relationship between the child and the other parent Making the child believe the other parent does not love him or her Protecting Your Child’s Emotional Health A child’s rejection of one parent should be cause for concern. It could be a sign of parental alienation, but it can also be an indicator the child needs an advocate for their mental health. You should never ignore signs of parental alienation. It is a serious condition that can impact your child for years to come. Many children struggle when coping with divorce. This can result in problem behavior or conditions such as parental alienation. It’s important to identify these problems early on so you can get your child the help they need and put guidelines in place to ensure your child’s emotional health is protected. If you have a custody case that may involve parental alienation, you should speak with an attorney. You may need to make a custody modification, and an attorney can help you with this.   Are you concerned about parental alienation? Williams Law Group, LLC is here to help you make the best...

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How Can an Attorney Help Me Regain Custody?

How Can an Attorney Help Me Regain Custody?

The Fight for Custody Trying to regain custody of your child can make you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle. With so much at stake, you want to do everything you can to regain custody of your child, and that is understandable. If you’ve lost custody or are involved in a divorce case where custody is a disputed issue, you may be looking for advice. Many parents face significant adversity when trying to have custody returned to them. Working with an experienced New Jersey custody attorney can help increase your chances of success. For now, reviewing the information below will give you a brief idea of what you should expect. Regain Custody and Your Rights Custody cases in New Jersey can be complex. The law recognizes that it is important for both parents to be a part of a child’s life. Regardless, a parent can easily lose custody if there are allegations of child abuse or neglect or if that parent is unable to meet the child’s needs. If you are in this situation, know that there is help out there. No parent should have to fight alone for custody of their child. You may need help in navigating the New Jersey custody process. An attorney can evaluate your case and explain your rights as a parent seeking to regain custody. An attorney can also skillfully present your argument to the court and other agencies involved. Most importantly, an attorney can help demonstrate that it is in your child’s best interests for you to have custody. The Need for Advocacy Whether you are dealing with just a custody case or with custody as a part of a divorce or family law action, you should have an advocate. Custody matters should never be faced alone. This may be one of the most important fights of your life. If you want to regain custody of your child, you should speak with an experienced New Jersey custody and child welfare attorney right away. You will need to demonstrate to the court that the custody arrangement you propose is truly in the best interests of your child. There may be other agencies you need to work with as well. An attorney can help you navigate the custody action process with confidence knowing your rights are protected.   Are you trying to regain custody of your child? If so, Williams Law Group,...

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DeMystifying the Children in Court (CIC) Docket

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, NewJerseyDYFSdefense founder, Allison C. Williams, Esq., will be presenting on a panel discussing defense of parents in child welfare (i.e., DYFS/DCPP) matters. The educational program for judges and attorneys will be presented to the Union County Bar Association (UCBA) immediately preceding the Mccloud Awards Dinner. Some of the topics will include: – Should parents voluntarily speak to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) regarding allegations of child abuse; – How to gain access to DCPP records when no complaint has been filed by the agency; – How to litigate a custody case and a DCPP case at the same time; – How to secure the best parenting time arrangement during a DCPP case while a criminal investigation is ongoing and/or a criminal charge has been filed; – When to consult DCPP counsel during a matrimonial case, when to refer it out and when to handle it behind the scenes; – How to gain a strategic advantage over the agency while “call operating” with an investigation; and – Much, much more! The panel will include Superior Court Judge Camille Kenny, Deputy Attorney General Christian Arnold and law guardian in Patricia Vogler. The event will take place at LaFaire restaurant in Mountainside, New Jersey, starting at 4:30 PM. This event further confirms that Ms. Williams is the foremost authority on parental defense in child welfare cases in the State of New Jersey. If you or someone you know is involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS), and you may need assistance, please contact us at The Williams Law Group,...

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