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Home Alone: How Old is Old Enough
Most parents understand that it is always wrong to leave an infant or toddler home alone while you go out - even for a quick run to the store. But when is a child old enough? Surprisingly, there aren't many laws to guide parents who aren't sure if their children are old enough to stay home alone. About ... Read more

Reporting Child Abuse: Who is Responsible?
The scene was horrific. The courtroom was silent as the coroner listed the injuries, one after another after another. It was impossible to believe that one person could have survived the blows to nearly every part of the body. Especially because it was all done to a ten-year-old girl. Reporting Child ... Read more

Safe Haven for Baby Dumping - The Nebraska Hiccup
Baby dumping is a controversial topic. On one hand, states want to prevent the abandonment of babies. On the other hand, states recognize that some mothers may be so desperate to get rid of their unwanted infants that they may end up injuring the baby. As a result, states have passed safe haven laws. ... Read more

Spare the Rod: Is Spanking Child Abuse?
In years past, teachers silently instilled fear in their young students by displaying the wooden "paddle" on the classroom wall, as a reminder of the standard punishment for misbehavior. Today the paddle has been replaced with a "time-out" chair, a pass to the school office or a telephone call home. ... Read more

When Child Discipline Becomes Child Abuse
Related Item A Dallas-area couple are charged with killing the man's 10-year-old son by denying him water for five says. They did so to punish the boy for bedwetting. The boy suffered in 100-degree heat before passing out from dehydration.The father and the boy's stepmother are charged with injury to ... Read more

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Our Articles on Recent BIA Precedent Decisions

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the highest administrative body for interpreting immigration laws. Although most of the Board’s decisions are not for precedent, the Board periodically ... Read more

When to Call a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Couples get divorced for many different reasons. Sometimes, things don’t work out the way either spouse expected and they mutually agree to part. Other times, one party does something that justi ... Read more

Recent NJ Appellate Decisions on Fact-finding and custody hearings in DCPP cases

Oftentimes, courts fail to follow the proper procedures required under Title 9 or Title 30 when considering a fact-finding against a parent, the removal of a child from its parent, or the placement of ... Read more

Is it Legal to Spank My Child?

We all know that there are both moral and psychological debates about whether corporal punishment is good or bad for children, however we, as lawyers, only examine the level of corporal punishment tha ... Read more

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