New Jerseey Division of Child Permanency & Protection v. J.L.G., ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2015), aff’d o.b., ___ N.J. ___ (2017).  This abuse and neglect case resulted in a 2-1 split in the Appellate Division.  Judge Simonelli, joined by Judge Leone, upheld the ruling of the Family Part that defendant abused a seven-year old girl when he “unreasonably allow[ed] the excessive corporal punishment by the child’s mo

Ricci v. Ricci, 448 N.J. Super. 546 (App. Div. 2017).  As Judge Lihotz observed in the opening sentence of her opinion for the Appellate Division in this case, Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529 (1982), established the principle that “the privilege of parenthood carries with it the duty to assure a necessary education for children.”  That duty applies, however, only to children who are not emancipated.  “A determination of emancipation is a legal issue, imposed when the

The Supreme Court announced today that it has granted review in two new cases.  The first, New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency v. A.B., is before the Court by virtue of a dissent in the Appellate Division.  The question presented in that appeal, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Did defendant abuse or neglect her sixteen-year-old daughter by refusing to permit her daughter to live in the family home after she ran away?”  The case got a lot of publicity at the trial level, where a finding of abuse and neglect was made.  Th