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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

Contact authorized by an order of the Family Part in a child abuse/neglect case

Posted in *All Posts, Child, Child Abuse, Child-custody, Child-visitation, Criminal, Parental Rights

A parent may lose his or her right to intestate succession if the parent abandoned the decedent when he or she was a minor

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Loss of Parental Rights, Parental Rights, Probate

Before a State may sever completely and irrevocably the rights of parents in their natural child, due process requires that the State support its allegations by at least clear and convincing evidence

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

The policy in our State is not to remove children from less capable parents for the purpose of placing them with more capable parents, those with more economic resources, nor those who are better educated

Posted in *All Posts, *Published case, Adoption Issues, Child-custody, Loss of Parental Rights, Parental Rights

The termination of parental rights by State action is of constitutional magnitude, and parents unquestionably have the right to counsel when the State moves to terminate parental rights

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

A parent defending against the State’s action seeking to terminate his or her parental rights has the right to effective counsel

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

A lack of communication or planning that is not the fault of the parent does not equate with parental unfitness, nor does it constitute abandonment for statutory purposes

Posted in *All Posts, Child-custody, Loss of Parental Rights, Parental Rights

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