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Family law: Drug, alcohol issues in Spice Girl's custody battle

A family law judge recently ordered a mother of several children to agree to random drug testing for a period of several months. That mother happens to be former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown. She has been entangled in a contentious child custody battle regarding her 7-year-old daughter. New Jersey parents currently facing similar issues may want to follow this case.

Family law: Helping toddlers adapt to adoption

Many New Jersey parents expand their family sizes by adopting children from other countries. Sometimes, such parents share similar ethnic backgrounds as their adopted kids, but not always. Most families who adopt children through family law centers go through adjustment periods after they bring their children home.  

When family law situations involve violence

Many New Jersey parents understand how stressful it can be to disagree about child-related issues. In many divorce situations, as well as parenting relationships where there were never marriages, family law disputes can get out of hand and, in the worst cases, even violent. A tragic situation occurred in another state that has left the family of a young girl grieving.  

Not paying child support is a likely way to wind up in court

There are many New Jersey residents who have emigrated from other countries of origin to the United States. Some enter the country through employment immigration, others have obtained green cards after marrying U.S. citizens. In some situations, however, a person crossing a U.S. border may not have his or her paperwork in order. Many immigrants have families and have the same types of family problems as others, especially where divorce and child support issues are concerned.  

Some New Jersey immigrants may relate to this family law case

New Jersey residents who emigrated from other countries of origin are not immune to various problems that other families in this state deal with from time to time. In fact, even celebrities sometimes encounter serious family law challenges, such as Britney Spears, who continues to battle her ex-husband Kevin Federline over child support issues. For immigrant parents who also have legal status problems, navigating the family justice system can be all the more stressful.

NJ mom fights to get back child she gave up for adoption

Many New Jersey immigrants say they struggle to overcome significant challenges that often include language barriers when they come to live in the United States. It's conceivable that immigrants who are parents, perhaps those in need of counseling regarding adoption or other child custody matters, could possibly misunderstand something being communicated or could suffer if adoption officials failed to properly inform them of their rights. This type of situation sometimes occurs even among parents who are not immigrants, as made evident by a recent case where a birth mother is battling adoptive parents to get her son back after placing him up for adoption. 

Protecting children's best interests during family law litigation

When New Jersey parents divorce, most want to protect their children from exposure to long, drawn out courtroom battles. Good parents want what is best for their children, even when their own marriages are no longer sustainable. Family law problems can arise, however, when parents disagree about how to interpret what is best for their kids.

Family law obstacles may arise when bringing a child to the US

For many New Jersey immigrants, the day they obtained their green cards was a highlight in their emigration journeys. Some arrived in this state with dreams of starting their own businesses. Others simply wanted to put down roots and raise their families here. No two stories are exactly the same, although many have similarities. A high priority for those who are parents intersects family law because it involves bringing children from other countries to live in the United States.

Movie star cries on Facebook about family law situation

Modern technology allows people in New Jersey and beyond to publicly express their opinions, implore others to help and otherwise espouse ideas in ways they were unable to do just one or two decades ago. For instance, Tyrese Gibson, one of the stars in the popular film "Fast and Furious," reportedly posted a seven-minute long video on Facebook regarding his current family law battle with his former spouse. The two have a 10-year-old daughter, and Gibson supposedly begs his former spouse not to take his daughter away in the recently posted video. 

Personal injury claim possible in deadly New Jersey accident

There is a lot to be said for doing the right thing. This definitely applies to adhering to traffic laws and taking responsibility for one's actions. When this does not happen, the result can be tragic, and there is the possibility of a personal injury or wrongful death claim being filed in a New Jersey civil court.

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