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A decision that permits a minor child to assume the mother’s maiden surname may only be reached after the court has ensured there has been compliance with the requisite procedural requirements for seeking such relief and affording the opposing party a full opportunity to challenge the allegations supporting the application

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

Guardianship proceedings are civil in nature and therefore the requirements of due process do not confer a constitutional right of confrontation or mandate a parent’s presence at the trial

Posted in *All Posts, Child-custody, Kinship legal guardianship, Parental Rights

The New Jersey Legislature has recognized that biology is not always controlling in the area of parentage and has created statutory exceptions to the presumption that the biological father has parental rights in the area of artificial insemination

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

The parental rights of a parent can only be terminated by consent when accompanied by the adoption of the child by another

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

Parents do not cede their rights as a parent by taking advantage of the assistance of relatives

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

An infertile man is the father of a child born to his artificially inseminated wife; however, the infertile wife is not the legal mother of her husband’s biological child born to a gestational carrier

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

Two parents are better than one, even if one parent falls far below the ideal

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

A parent is entitled to a reasonable opportunity to conduct discovery of a court-appointed expert

Posted in *All Posts, Child, Child-custody, Discovery, Expert Testimony, Litigation, Parental Rights

Where the Division initiates an action to terminate parental rights, it is required to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that termination is in the best interests of the child

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

The psychological parent

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