NJ Supreme Court Establishes Right to Counsel for Indigent Birth Parents in Disputed Adoptions

In a case of first impression in New Jersey, the N.J. Supreme Court unanimously determined that indigent parents who face termination of parental rights in a contested private adoption proceeding are entitled to counsel under the due process guarantee of the New Jersey Constitution. Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Step Parents Have Duty to Support Their Stepchildren After Divorce (Under Certain Circumstances)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that when a stepparent takes affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent, the stepparent likewise assumes parental obligations, such as the payment of child support. Here’s how they came to this decision Read More

Happy Holidays: A Tale of Two Households

The holidays can be an emotional period for many families and an uncertain custody schedule will only lead to additional stress. A well-written custody order can help resolve most of the issues that will arise during the holidays before they become a problem. Read More