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Although an individual may request an administrative hearing from a Division representative’s finding that abuse and neglect has been substantiated, there is no comparable right to appeal administratively a finding that abuse or neglect has been “established,” “not established,” or “unfounded”

Posted in *All Posts, Child Abuse

A support order is always subject to review and modification on a showing of changed circumstances

Posted in *All Posts, Child-support, Child-support-modification

The imputation of income is an extremely fact-sensitive endeavor

Posted in *All Posts, Alimony, Child-support, Divorce, Imputed-income, Income Imputation

What must a court do when a parent is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed without good cause

Posted in *All Posts, Child-support, Child-support-modification, Income Imputation

A trial judge’s decision to reopen (or not) the record to take testimony

Posted in *All Posts, Child Abuse, Litigation, Loss of Parental Rights, Procedure

A trial judge’s reliance on expert opinions not properly admitted into the record regarding a person’s mental health violates that person’s constitutional rights against governmental procedures that tend to operate arbitrarily

Posted in *All Posts, Business Records, Child Abuse, Evidence, Litigation, Loss of Parental Rights

A parent fails to exercise a minimum degree of care when her conduct is grossly negligent or where she recklessly creates a risk of serious injury to the child

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child Abuse

Termination of parental rights

Posted in *All Posts, Loss of Parental Rights

In awarding counsel fees, the court must consider whether the party requesting the fees is in financial need; whether the party against whom the fees are sought has the ability to pay; the good or bad faith of either party in pursuing or defending the action; the nature and extent of the services rendered; and the reasonableness of the fees

Posted in *All Posts, Child-custody, Child-support, Child-visitation, Counsel Fees, Divorce

Prohibiting the retroactive modification of child support is not implicated when the right to support ends

Posted in *All Posts, Child-support, Child-support-modification

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