Unwavering Representation in Divorce & Child Maltreatment Cases
The dependable divorce professionals at the Williams Law Group provide compassionate family law and divorce representation with an emphasis on child welfare. Although we practice all matters of family law – including divorce, child custody, and child support – our attorneys specialize in cases involving child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. We are committed to providing aggressive, persistent legal advocacy to families and children in New Jersey, including but not limited to the counties of Union, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, and Camden.
Dedicated to Defending Your Parental Rights
In addition to helping families experiencing divorce, separation, and related family law issues, we focus on representing people who are involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Our team assists parents accused of child abuse or neglect, parents who believe their children are being harmed or face risk of harm, and often accepts referrals from other divorce attorneys when complex child abuse or neglect issues arise. The Union County divorce lawyers at the Williams Law Group have never lost a child to foster care or termination of parental rights.
Highly Experienced Appellate & Trial Attorneys
Effectively resolving your family law matter requires confident and knowledgeable representation at every step of the process – particularly if your case proceeds to trial. Founded by the first New Jersey attorney to become board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Family Law Trial Advocate, the Williams Law Group has a high success rate filing emergent appeals and overturning trial court rulings. Our Union County divorce lawyers can help secure favorable outcomes at all stages of your case, from interim rulings to final orders and appellate decisions.
Trusted Authority on New Jersey Child Welfare Law
The founder of the Williams Law Group, Allison Williams is an established thought leader in New Jersey child welfare law. Her articles on topics of child maltreatment have been published statewide and she educates other lawyers and judges on child abuse issues at professional seminars held by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and local bar organizations. Ms. Williams and her team of reliable New Jersey family lawyers are dedicated to protecting the well-being of children in all matters of family law.
Nationally Recognized Child Advocate Providing Excellent Client Service
The only New Jersey law firm founded by an AAML Fellow that focuses its practice on child abuse and maltreatment, the Williams Law Group is renowned for Allison Williams’ expertise in children’s issues. A Super Lawyer® and VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women, Ms. Williams appeared on Katie Couric’s talk show to share her insights on false accusations of child abuse and was interviewed by News 12 on precedential child abuse rulings. Furthermore, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has ranked Ms. Williams among the top ten New Jersey attorneys in client satisfaction for two consecutive years.
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Allison Williams has written the following articles:
- What’s the significance of choosing a cause of action?
- What is the difference between divorce and separation?
- Can you file for a divorce if you have no proof of adultery?
- What effect does filing extreme cruelty have on child custody?
- What must happen for a party to file irreconcilable differences?
- What is a cause of action?
- Some high functioning alcoholics are also the major or even the only breadwinner in the family…
- If someone has decided to divorce his or her spouse because of an addiction…
- Sometimes people stay in a marriage with an addict or mentally ill spouse because they still love the person…
- In cases where both parents have addiction or other mental health issues, who gets custody of the children?
- If the addicted parent is the mother and the children are afraid of her because of her erratic or confusing behavior, will a New Jersey court typically grant full custody to the father?
- What impact can a parent’s addiction have on their children?
- How long does a recovery addict need to be clean or sober before a judge will consider granting unsupervised visitation or even joint custody in New Jersey?
- Is supervised visitation after a divorce the norm for an addicted or mentally unstable parent?
- Would the situation be any different if the parent were suffering from a mental health issue such as bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia, rather than an addiction?
- If someone doesn’t believe that the children will be safe alone with their ex-spouse who is a recovering addict, can that person ask a judge to deny custody or visitation requests?
- Have you ever seen a case where an addict was denied a share of any marital property and perhaps even had to repay funds that had been dissipated because of the addiction?
- Is someone entitled to a larger share of marital property if the person’s ex used the family’s assets to fund the individual’s addiction?
- What are the most common ways that addiction is cited for the breakdown of a marriage in New Jersey?
- Is having an addiction grounds for divorce in New Jersey?
- What is considered an addiction in New Jersey? Does it always deal with drugs or alcohol?
- What are the tale tell signs of addiction someone should look for in his or her spouse?
- Are there any alternatives to protecting a child from abuse or neglect without having to contact Child Protective Services?
- Can a complaint of abuse or neglect be made against a parent’s new live-in boyfriend or girlfriend?
- What can the parent do to protect their child?
- If CPS decides to initiate a separate court proceeding, what happens to the divorce litigation?
- Can calls to CPS during a divorce action result in sanctions against the accusing party?
- How can a parent regain custody or unsupervised visitation after a child abuse investigation?
- How does a Child Protective Services referral during a pending divorce impact the custody determination?
- Can you appeal a decision that’s been made during a child abuse investigation?
- How long does a typical investigation take?
- Who typically requests a child abuse investigation?
- Once a child abuse investigation is underway, can it be called off?
- Are there any reasons a parent should not call Child Protective Services during a divorce action?
- What are some of the reasons or considerations for why you would advise a parent to call CPS during a divorce action?
- Why do parents fear the Decision of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P)?
- What typically leads to Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations during pending divorce cases?
- What’s the role of the child protection services agency in a child abuse proceeding?
- What constitutes child abuse and what proof is required to establish that abuse has actually taken place?