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Dusten Brown dops custody claim for daughter adopted by South Carolina couple.

Posted in Adoption, Child Support, Custody

Yesterday, Dusten Brown dropped his four year custody claim for his daughter, Veronica.  This story has been in the news over the past several years, and has evoked strong feelings on all sides. Most of the media attention for the story surrounded the applicability of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which was ruled on by… Continue Reading

NJ SUPREME COURT REVIEWS STANDARD FOR SIBLING VISITATION AFTER ADOPTION AND/OR PLACEMENT

Posted in Adoption, Grandparent visitation, Visitation/Parenting Time

I have previously posted several blog entries about custody and parental rights where DYFS ("Division of Youth & Family Services"), NJ’s child protective agency, has involvement.  To read those posts click here, here, or here. On September 29, 2010, the NJ Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing the standards to be applied to a sibling’s request for visitation… Continue Reading

SUPREME COURT RULES ON NEW JERSEY’S KINSHIP LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP ACT

Posted in Adoption, Other

The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. L.L., provides a good opportunity to review New Jersey’s Kinship Legal Guardianship Act. The Act is designed to address the needs of children and caregivers in long-term “kinship” relationships, placing those children who cannot safely reside with their parents… Continue Reading

New developments on kinship-legal guardianship

Posted in Adoption, Other

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently handed down an interesting decision regarding termination of parental rights and kinship legal guardianship interpreting the Kinship Legal Guardianship Act in New Jersey. In the matter of Division of Youth and Family Services v. D.H. and J.V., was a case where the Law Guardian filed an interlocutory appeal from… Continue Reading