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  • Proof of Stepfather adoption

    I need to confirm my name change 50 years ago by stepfather adoption. Where do I turn to get certified documentation of my adoption and name change?

    Mark’s Answer

    You didn't mention what state the adoption and name change occurred in. Was it New Jersey. It appears that you are in Atlantic City now.

    Adoptions and name changes occur as a result of court orders. So, generally, you would find these kinds of papers in the Superior Court records in New Jersey. Because your case is 50 years old, it is unlikely that the local courthouse will have any records. Your best chance is to contact the Superior Court headquarters in Trenton, where old court records are maintained on microfilm or otherwise. You can probably go to the Superior Court and look at or purchase a copy of the records (unless they've been sealed or destroyed).

    Some of this information is sometimes also available through online look-up services such as ancestry.com and intelius.com. Good luck

    Mark S. Guralnick
    (609) 720-9700

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  • Living Off-Campus follow-up

    If a child attended school out of state (100+ miles away), and thereby did not live at home, lived in the college dorms for two years and now lived off-campus, would the rent and related expenses still be considered room expenses? If the room cha...

    Mark’s Answer

    You make a good argument. There is not uniform answer to this question. But yes, if the pattern has been for the parents to divide the room expenses while the child lived in the dorm, then off-campus housing arrangements would likely be shared too.

    The situation might differ, however, if your child is not living off-campus specifically and primarily in order to be a student. If your child has a job and has formed a life of his own -- and he is basically living like an adult outside the sphere of parental influence -- a court could rule that his living arrangements are not college-related, or at least not primarily so. In such a case, your child might be required to start contributing to his own expenses. If your child has been in school for a long time -- getting older and older -- and if he has a poor academic records, the court may also begin to lay a heavier financial burden on your child instead of his parents.

    Call if I can help you.

    Mark S. Guralnick
    (732) 342-9292

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  • My fiance is facing a charge of Escape from state custody. He left from a work release program. What are his chances on a plea b

    He left from the work release program in 2008 because his mother was admitted in the hospital in MD almost dying. She need a liver transplan and she is sufffering from many other ilnesses. My fiance already lost a lot of family members since he i...

    Mark’s Answer

    It's hard to say what his chances are without looking at the whole file. If he has already been punished once for the same charge, that evidence should be used in his favor to reduce or eliminate the additional sentence.

    You should also develop a complete case to show evidence of "mitigating circumstances" which will lower his sentencing time.

    There are a number of steps a good defense lawyer can take to help your fiance. If you just sit back and wait to see what the state's attorney will offer you, you're not going to get anywhere.

    I am a criminal defense attorney. I'd be happy to help your fiance. Call me if you need help.
    I have offices in West Palm Beach.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    1-866-337-2900

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  • What is likely to happen...

    I've been charged with 2nd degree robbery, and while that court case what going on i got caught for possesion of marijuana. I'm 15. What is likely to happen?

    Mark’s Answer

    You'll be charged as a juvenile offender and prosecuted in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part.

    It looks like you live in or near Clementon, NJ, so you're case will take place at the Camden County Hall of Justice in the city of Camden.

    You will need an experienced juvenile defense attorney for this matter.
    I am happy to assist you, but I assume that you're parents or some adult legal guardian is also involved on your behalf. If you are seeking legal counsel, please have your parent or guardian call me

    The robbery and marijuana charges will be prosecuted as separate juvenile offenses. The robbery will probably be classified as a higher crime -- I will need to see your paperwork, to be sure. As for the marijuana charge, you may be required to undergo counseling and drug rehab and drug and alcohol testing. If you have no prior juvenile record, you may be able to avoid confinement to an institution depending on the circumstances. Once again, I encourage you to get connected with a good lawyer, as soon as possible. This may make all the difference in how the case turns out.

    Feel free to call me. I am a certified family law attorney as well as a licensed private detective.

    Mark S. Guralnick
    (856) 983-9900

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  • If the non custodial parent has never spent any real time with a minor child (6 years old),can they just up and take them

    away from the custodial parent 6 hours away without the custodial parents permission?

    Mark’s Answer

    Well they can if you don't stop them. It would help you had a court order. If you believe that the non-custodial parent poses a danger to the child, you can proceed by way of an emergency motion, and an Order to Show Cause, to stop the non-custodial parent in his tracks and get your child returned to you. Otherwise, I would recommend that you file a conventional motion for primary custody.

    Contact me if I can help you. We have offices in Newark.

    If you want more information about this, check out my website on New Jersey Custody Law. It's located at www.CustodyLawyerNewJersey.com

    I'd also like to invite you to follow me on Twitter where I give out daily custody tips. http://twitter.com/DailyCustodyTip

    Also, please visit my blog on Daily Custody Tips at http://custodytip.com/

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    (973) 682-9999

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  • Does QUDRO still apply if spouse gets remarried?

    When I got divorced my ex-wife got 50% of my pension. She got married again soon after the divorce. My question is, being that she got married again, does the QUDRO still apply or did she lose the benefit?

    Mark’s Answer

    Unless you made some special deal, the Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) would still apply. In New Jersey, re-marriage will put an end to alimony, but it will not terminate the division of assets that occurred in the prior divorce. Therefore, the division of your pension (by QDRO or otherwise) almost certainly still remains in effect.

    If you need any assistance, feel free to contact me.

    MARK S. GURALNICK
    (609) 720-9700
    (732) 342-9292

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  • I live in NJ w/ my son who is 5 to be near family who have been helping me out. The mother is in Iowa. How do I obtain custody?

    His mother has had issues of her own involving 2 other children & her husband back in Iowa. She lost custody temporarily & has been arrested in the past. She is in no position to take care of my son on top of all her other problems. I have already...

    Mark’s Answer

    Here's the good news and the bad news. The good news is that based on what you're saying, you probably have a strong chance of getting custody. The bad news is that there is no short-cut here. (1) If jurisdiction is in Iowa, and the mother still lives there, you will probably need to proceed under the exclusive jurisdiction provisions of a law known as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. In other words, you may have to petition the court in Iowa before you can do anything here in NJ. Once the child has been in NJ with you for six months, and Iowa relinquishes jurisdiction, you may be able to obtain continuing custody rights through the NJ courts...but you'll probably need to start in Iowa. (2). You need a lawyer, and it would frankly be foolish to try to handle this case on your own. It's more complicated than you may realize. If nothing else, you should schedule an appointment with an experienced custody lawyer. I'd be happy to meet you or speak with you by phone.

    If you want more information about this, check out my website on New Jersey Custody Law. It's located at www.CustodyLawyerNewJersey.com

    I'd also like to invite you to follow me on Twitter where I give out daily custody tips. http://twitter.com/DailyCustodyTip

    Also, please visit my blog on Daily Custody Tips at http://custodytip.com/

    MARK S. GURALNICK
    201-804-9000

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  • Can I get my fingerprints expunged from the FBI database?

    I was arrested 15 years ago and the case was sealed, but my fingerprints showed up in the FBI database when I apply for bank jobs. Is they a process I can get them expunged from the database so I can get a job in the banking industry?

    Mark’s Answer

    I don't think you can remove your fingerprints from the database. In fact, in this day and age, it would be quite difficult to purge your records from any database. However, you may be able to "expunge" an old charge from 15 years ago.

    Contact me and I'll look into for you. My office is in Marlton.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    (856) 983-9900

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  • My boyfriend's ex-wife interferes with his parenting time and our lives. When we had his son stay for overnight's at our home,

    she went to court to get the address. Although I know by law she has a right to the address she has some other issues which give us reason for concern. We have stopped visitation at our home due to this. What rights does she have if we elect to...

    Mark’s Answer

    If she is harassing you, stalking you, or terrorizing you, your boyfriend can file a domestic violence complaint against her and obtain a restraining order so that she stays away from your home. If she is interfering with his custody and parenting time, you can file criminal charges for custodial interference. And you also file a motion in family court for a civil restraining order to prevent her from interfering with your lives. Call me if you need help. We have offices around the state.

    Mark S. Guralnick
    (201) 804-9000

    If you want more information about this, check out my website on New Jersey Custody Law. It's located at www.CustodyLawyerNewJersey.com

    I'd also like to invite you to follow me on Twitter where I give out daily custody tips. http://twitter.com/DailyCustodyTip

    Also, please visit my blog on Daily Custody Tips at http://custodytip.com/

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  • I have two children, 17 and 14. the oldest has not seen bio father in five years the 14 year old in a year and a half.

    he went to court and reunification theraoy was ordered. but with no reporting back to the courts and no time frames. the children hate the therapist as well as the therapy adn say that none of this will work and they will not return to a relatio...

    Mark’s Answer

    Sometimes, unfortunately, judges order "reunification therapy" arbitrarily, like it's a magic wand that will fix years and bad blood and fractured relationships.

    If this process is not working for you, you may wish to hire your own psychological expert to interview the kids and prepare a report capturing their real feelings and concerns. Then, your lawyer should file a proper motion terminating the reunification therapy and reinstating the best custody and timesharing arrangement.

    Call me if you need help. I'd be happy to help you. We have offices in Red Bank and Freehold.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    (732) 342-9292

    If you want more information about this, check out my website on New Jersey Custody Law. It's located at www.CustodyLawyerNewJersey.com

    I'd also like to invite you to follow me on Twitter where I give out daily custody tips. http://twitter.com/DailyCustodyTip

    Also, please visit my blog on Daily Custody Tips at http://custodytip.com/

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