Forms of Child Abuse and Their Lasting Impact

April 14, 2023

Understanding Child Abuse and Its Legal Ramifications in New Jersey Child abuse can take many forms.  Children who are abused may experience more than one kind of abuse.  Physical abuse involves the intentional use of physical force on a child that results in bodily harm, such as hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, or any other physical harm to the child.  Hair pulling and obligatory strenuous exercises such as running stairs or holding heavy objects with outstretched arms are also used to […]

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Distinguishing Child Abuse from Neglect in New Jersey

July 19, 2022

Frequently Confused, Child Abuse and Neglect are Not the Same in NJ The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) sets a high standard for the well-being, health, and welfare of all minors in the State. Child abuse and neglect are both considered serious actions, but they are fundamentally different in their definitions and key considerations according to the law. While both are addressed in N.J.S.A. 9:6-1 there are distinct actions, situations, and outcomes that constitute child abuse or child neglect […]

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Dodd Removal Guidelines in New Jersey

January 28, 2022

Division of Child Protection and Permanency Emergency Removals of Children and the Hearing Process The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is the governmental agency that safeguards the well-being of children. To protect them, DCPP will sometimes place them with another caregiver (sometimes a relative) or with a foster family until the situation can be investigated and the safest option can be determined. The agency receives complaints and allegations of possible child abuse through the Child Abuse Hotline. Allegations […]

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Is Supervised Parenting Mandatory in Divorce Cases?

May 25, 2021

Supervised parenting or supervised visit orders are ordered by the Court whenever there is a risk for children to suffer abuse, even though only 10% of the allegations are substantiated. A Suitable Option to Visit the Children Supervised visitation is the only option that some parents have to share time with their little ones. It is thought of as the best option to see their children, at least until the supervised time is no longer needed, although it is not […]

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New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services Lawyers Woodland Park NJ

November 14, 2019

Custody Attorneys Providing Advice to clients across New Jersey and Passaic County, including Wayne, Clifton, Little Falls, West Milford, and Woodland Park The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Service (DYFS) is now referred to as the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).  This is a specialized unit within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families that receives reports of, and investigates, child abuse and neglect throughout the state. The Division is charged with investigating claims of […]

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