Daniel S. Williams
Family Law Newsletter
Child Neglect
 
Every child has the right to expect that their parent or primary responsible caregiver will reasonably and prudently provide clothing, food, medical care, protection, shelter, and supervision. When a parent or primary responsible caregiver fails to provide the essential things to a child, a child may be neglected. Child neglect is more common and sometimes more devastating than child abuse. Often times child neglect and abuse are referred to in the same type of context.More...
 
Personal Protection Orders and Family Violence Issues
 
A personal protection order, or PPO, is an order issued by the court precluding another individual, a respondent, from contact with the petitioner. A petitioner may file an application for a PPO after providing information that would support the grant of the order. More...
 
Post-Adoption Contact with Biological Parents
 
Traditionally, once an adoption is final, the child's biological relatives are excluded from any continuing personal or legal role in the child's life. The adoptive parents have exclusive responsibility for the child, including the right to determine the extent of the child's contacts with individuals outside the immediate adoptive family. More...
 
Paternity Proceedings
 
Depending upon whether a state has adopted the Uniform Parentage Act or whether they have another state statute that governs, paternity proceedings may typically be commenced any time from after the child's birth or at any time for the purpose of declaring the existence of the father and child relationship. The action may also be commenced for the purpose of declaring the non-existence of the father and child relationship.More...
 
Emancipation of Children
 
When a child is emancipated, the child's parents have no further duty to support the child. In addition, parents have no right to control an emancipated child's behavior or make certain decisions for the child. More...
 
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