Baures v. Lewis – Overruled! Relocation standard changed!

This Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court explicitly overruled Baures v. Lewis, the Supreme Court case, which since 2001 had set for the standard for removal of minor children permanently from New Jersey. The Court found “special justification” for departing from its prior ruling, which had favored the custodial parent in disputes over relocation. In Bisbing v. Bisbing, the Court held that the new standard will be the “best interest of the child” in all relocation cases regardless of who is the custodial parent.

 

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Awarded 10 Best in Client Satisfaction – 2016

For the second year in a row, I have been awarded the Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. The award recognizes excellence, and the efforts this office makes to guide clients into making wise decisions taking all the aspects of their situation into account. Let us help you with your family law issues, call our office today. And remember, at my office, you are NEVER just another case!

Two for the price of one? Or is it the other way around?

Passaic County Judge Sohail Mohammed, based upon DNA paternity testing recently ruled that “AS”, the alleged father of twins, was in fact the father of only one of the children, and therefore would be responsible for child support for one child only.  The mother, who was identified as “TM” admitted that she had had relations with two men in addition to AS the same week that the twins were conceived.   Apparently, and listen closely folks, approximately 1 in every 13,000 reported paternity cases involved twins having separate fathers – who would ever thunk?  Part of this phenomenon is due to the increased use of technology to assist in  reproduction – and as in this case the mother’s promiscuity!    I guess these twins will have lots of interesting conversations in the years to come.

Feel free to contact the Law office of Helen Glass, should you have paternity, child custody, visitation or child support issues.   My 30 years of experience can be put to work for you.

 

Rachel Canning – child abuse for not following house rules?

Oh Thank You NJ Courts – there is some reason and logic still left in our court system. Rachel as most of you know, at age 18, sued her parents after claiming they “abused her” by throwing her out of their home last year. Her parents claimed that Rachel left home because she didn’t want to follow house rules.

On March 4, 2014, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard denied the teen’s request for emergency financial assistance.  The court proceeding was the first time that Rachel and her parents had seen each other since October – interestingly, neither side had anything to say to the other.

Rachel, who claimed to be an athlete, cheerleader and honor roll student, alleged she was verbally and physically abused by her parents before they kicked her out. Her parents deny their daughter’s claims of abuse and claim that Rachel became upset after they laid down the law following a suspension from school, incidents of drinking and after dating someone they didn’t like.

Rachel now lives with the family of a close friend. Her lawsuit seeks payment for current living expenses and tuition for the private high school she attends now and for school costs once she attends college this fall.

I’d say this one goes to the good guys and should serve as gindance to all those teens who think they are entitled to have their parents support them regardless of their actions.

Kids – you may not have asked to be born – but its a decision you have to live with.  Once you decide to take your life in your own hands – no one owes you anything.  Find out early that your actions and words have consequences!