CAN I CHANGE MY CHILD’S NAME?

Changing the name of a child usually requires court approval but there are exceptions to this rule. For example, a separate petition is not required in an adoption proceeding to change the child’s name. Where court approval is required, a Petition must be filed. The petitioner has the burden of proving that the proposed name […]

SHOULD I CONSIDER CO-PARENTING COUNSELING?

Co-parenting counseling is a therapeutic service that can help individuals communicate effectively in a separated family or divorce to benefit the children. This service is not a magical quick fix but rather a process whereby parents or caregivers work with a trained mental health professional to learn how to communicate in a way that focuses […]

DEALING WITH A LETTER FROM CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES

If you receive a letter from Children and Youth Services notifying you that you are suspected of child abuse, it is completely natural to panic. You will likely be petrified of what may happen as a result of receiving such a letter. The first thing that you should do when you receive such a letter […]

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CUSTODY TRIAL

If parents are unable to reach an agreement on custody of their children, a judge will hear all relevant evidence in your case and make a decision as to what custody schedule is in the best interests of the child. In ordering any form of custody, the judge is required consider the following factors, while […]