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For many of us midnight on December 31st rings in new resolutions and a sense of excitement for the upcoming year.  In New Jersey this year the New Year will ring in new rights for adults that were adopted as children prior to August 1, 2015.  Significant changes in New Jersey’s adoption laws will now let adult adoptees request information from the State of New Jersey about their birth parents, including their original birth certificate. This information was not previously available to them if they were adopted in a closed adoption.  While this change in the law is wonderful news for those who are searching for answers about their birth and where they come from, it can be frightening for birth parents who believed their identity would never be revealed.  As with most family law issues there is fine balance to be reached in assuring that everyone is treated fairly.  For birth parents who do not wish for their identity to be revealed they have until December 31, 2016 to file forms with the State of New Jersey requesting no contact from the adopted child and redacting the child’s birth certificate to remove any information that identifies them as the birth parent.  If you or anyone in your family has questions about the upcoming changes in the adoption privacy rules and the record system for birth parents contact one of our experienced attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499.

Ever wonder what a Confidentiality Agreement is? Or perhaps you have heard it called a Confidentiality Order or Protective Order. These documents are used in family law for many reasons. The broad purpose of these orders is to forbid both the attorneys and the litigants from releasing information that one or both parties do not want released. Johnny Depp is asking Amber Heard to sign a Confidentiality Agreement to keep their (his) financial documents from being accessible to the public, or more specifically, the media. Judges also often use Confidentiality or Protective Orders if they are disseminating psychological information regarding the parties or their children. Specifically in N.J., if DCP&P (formerly DYFS) issues a report on a family they have investigated, the Court will often not release these reports, or if they do, they will be released under a Confidentiality Order. Also in Family Court, if there is a forensic report about a business held by one of the parties, it is not uncommon for a Protective Order to be entered so that competitors cannot have access to private issues regarding the business. Family law attorneys regularly ask the Courts to enter these Orders. If you think you would benefit from having a Protective or Confidentiality Order in place, contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499 to discuss your specific situation.

 

There is good news in the world of adoption! The American Institute for Research is going to conduct behavioral and scientific research to help adoptees and adoptive families not just focus on placement, but on success. They are partnering with the National Center for Adoption and Permanency. It is hoped that this kind of information can help families whether they are involved in international adoption, foster care system, private adoption or agency adoption. The research can only help to make for better and wiser placements.

Here at the Iandoli & Edens adoption department we will be keeping a close watch, following all new developments. To have your questions on adoption answered, call us now at (908) 879-9499 to talk to one of our adoption specialists. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Don’t you hate it when you call a professional and they do not return your call? We’ve all been there. Doctors, accountants, contractors, real estate agents and, yes, even lawyers have fallen victim to this horrible habit.

It goes without saying, waiting for someone to answer your question or to let you know the status of your matter creates unnecessary anxiety and worry. Very rarely do we come across a professional who will not only take the time to return our call, but who will call us back quickly.

Here, at Iandoli & Edens, LLC, we return phone calls. We answer your emails. We let you know what is going on with your case. Quickly. If an adversary calls on your case and we are unavailable, we return their calls too. Stop waiting by the phone. Iandoli & Edens, LLC is here to help. Call us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

There are so many attorneys, you may be wondering where and how to start your search for your divorce attorney. One tip, of course, is to look at the attorney’s website. You may also want to ask professionals, such as other attorneys, therapists and psychologists. You may want to ask family members and friends and learn of their own experiences. Most definitely, you will want to interview the attorney you are considering. The attorney you hire should handle a significant amount of family law cases. Importantly, you want to have a rapport with that attorney. You don’t want to feel reluctant to discuss personal issues with your attorney. You want to be comfortable expressing your concerns and the matters that are most important to you.

For a consultation, call one of our experienced family law attorneys who know how to listen at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879 9499 or click here http://www.iandoliedens.com to learn more about us.

If you are an adult with children, you should prepare a last will and testament. Most people believe that a will only serves to designate beneficiaries of certain property once the testator is deceased. However, a last will and testament can serve many other benefits.

A last will and testament may serve to name the guardian for your minor children in the event of your demise. It is best to prepare a will when your children are under the age of eighteen (18).

Choosing a guardian is a very serious decision. Although family members are often picked as guardians, a parent can name a close friend if they so wish. Testators who co-parent should name the other parent as guardian in the event of their demise. In the event both parents should perish together, dual wills can be prepared where both parents agree to leave the children with the mutually selected guardian. It is wise to name an alternate guardian in the event your first choice predeceases you or relinquishes his or her guardian responsibilities.

If you would like Iandoli & Edens, LLC to prepare a last will and testament, give us a call at 908.879.9499. Visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com to find out more.

At Iandoli & Edens we work with all aspects of adoptions. Questions commonly voiced by our clients are: Will my adopted child be OK? Will they succeed in life or does the very fact of “abandonment” at a young age mean years of therapy and self-doubt. The truth of the matter is some adopted children will fail and some will succeed, just as any child brought into this world. In fact, the very fact they are adopted (i.e. wanted) may give adopted children a “leg up” in self-esteem and confidence. The bottom line is raising children, adopted, biological or step children is a minefield, for which parents must take responsibility.

Here are some examples of adopted children who have made names for themselves: Maya Angelou, Eric Clapton, Ted Danson, Nelson Mandela, Ray Liotta, Frances McDormand, Steve Jobs and Nicole Richie. There are thousands more who have made quieter, yes no less important contributions to society.

Some people will argue nature vs. nurture. If you truly want to become a parent by adopting a child nurture has already taken the lead. For help with your adoption, call our Adoption Dept. at Iandoli & Edens at 908-879-9499, or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Re-adoption is the process by which a U.S. court in the adoptive parents’ state of residence formally recognizes a foreign adoption’s validity under state law. If the court is satisfied that the requirements of state law have been met, a U.S. adoption decree is issued upon completion of the re-adoption process. Determining whether or not re-adoption is mandatory hinges upon the type of visa issued to the child. There are two possible visas that may be issued as part of an international adoption – the IR-3 or IR-4. In the event an IR-4 is issued, re-adoption will be necessary in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for the child. If the adoption was not able to be finalized overseas, an IR-4 visa may be issued. The IR-3 visa signifies that an adoption was finalized overseas. If a child is issued the IR-3 visa, he or she is automatically an American citizen upon arriving in the U.S. However, even with the IR-3 visa, some states still require re-adoption for purposes of obtaining a U.S. birth certificate, name change and social security card for the child.

In New Jersey, foreign adoptions are recognized by statute; however, there is currently no formal mechanism for registering the foreign adoption. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that an adoptive family residing in New Jersey not rely solely on a foreign adoption decree, but also take steps to formalize the adoption by the process of re-adoption. Also, re-adoption will provide the adoptive parents with reassurance that all states recognize the validity of their foreign adoption should they chose to relocate in the future; in effect providing the adoptive parents with greater legal security.

In addition to providing the adoptive parents with peace of mind that the validity of their parentage cannot be challenged, there are several other benefits to re-adoption. For example, if the adoptive parents were not permitted to change the child’s name as part of the foreign adoption, they may do so as part of the re-adoption process. They may also obtain a U.S. birth certificate for the child. Re-adoption could also help protect a child’s inheritance rights.

Please contact one of our experienced adoption attorneys at Iandoli & Edens, LLC at 908-879-9499 to discuss your adoption questions or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

What exactly is meant by domestic adoptions? Domestic adoption simply means you are adopting from your home country, rather than internationally. Domestic adoptions can be done privately, or through an adoption or foster care agency. You must be at least 25 years old and a U.S. citizen.

The big fear for prospective adoptive parents in domestic adoptions seems to be the idea of open adoptions, meaning your child may have ongoing contact with his or her birth parent(s). Open adoptions have become more common in the last ten years. Also, the waiting period for domestic adoptions through an agency, particularly for infants, can be quite long.

There are other alternatives, such as the foster care system, or taking a pro-active approach and advertising for a birthmother.

All that being said, the success stories by far outweigh the negative press you hear. Open adoptions can be healthy and successful. It is helpful to both sides to have an understanding, in writing as to the parameters that fit the comfort level for everyone involved. A skilled adoption attorney can help with all aspects of the process.

Call Iandoli & Edens Adoption Department for more information at 908 879 9499 or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

Iandoli and Edens is collecting non-perishable food for the Backpack Program. It is a charitable organization which collects and distributes food to parents of children. If you would like to contribute, we will keep a box in our waiting room for non-perishable food items. The program has suggested:

•Cereal-low sugar, child friendly
•Canned tuna or chicken
•Macaroni “N” cheese
•Peanut butter and jelly
•Pancake mix and syrup
•Applesauce and fruit (single serve), no sugar added
•Shelf-stable milk
•Meals in a can, like Dinty Moore and Chef Boyardee
•Granola type snack bars
•Raisins, individually boxed