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A psychological parent cannot be compelled under New Jersey Law to contribute child support

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-support, Psychological parent

The court rules mandate that the court apply the child support guidelines when contemplating child support, but may modify the child support calculus where good cause is shown

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-support

Even though there is no statutory requirement imposing a duty of support on a stepparent for his or her spouse’s children from a previous marriage, courts have held that a stepparent’s duty to pay child support beyond dissolution of marriage can be enforced by applying equitable estoppel

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-support, Psychological parent

Although the best interests of the child standard is used for various family law determinations involving the child’s well-being, it is not a factor in defining parenthood under the Parentage Act

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child, Parental Rights, Paternity

Simply because a child bears a person’s last name holds no weight in the determination of legal parentage

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child, Parental Rights, Paternity

A trial court does not have the jurisdiction to create a new recognition of legal parentage other than that which already exists — genetic contribution, adoption, or gestational primacy

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Adoption Issues, Child, Parental Rights

Visitation for a non-custodial parent should not be limited unless said parent is deemed unfit

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-custody, Child-visitation

In determining whether the parties truly share joint physical custody, although the division of the child’s time with each parent is a critical factor, the time each parent spends with the child must be analyzed in the context of each parent’s responsibility for the custodial functions and duties normally reposed in a primary caretaker

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child Relocation, Child-custody, Joint Custody

When joint custody is likely to foster the best interests of the child in the proper case, it is a suitable alternative to sole custody in family law actions

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-custody, Joint Custody

Custody issues are resolved using a best interests analysis

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Child-custody

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