Howes & Howes, Attorneys at Law

Divorce Mediation:  Getting to Yes

Katherine Howes, Esq. is an experienced divorce mediator and litigator.  She is prepared to handle the issues in divorce, which can be complicated.  It is important to protect your rights as a litigant; however, the costs of going to trial to litigate every issue between divorcing spouses can easily spiral out of control.  Mediation is the solution.  Contact Howes & Howes for more information about how to mediate your divorce.

If you proceed to court, a judge will tell you that a negotiated settlement in a divorce is much more effective than having a stranger – the judge – decide your future.  Mediation helps you keep control of your life.

Katherine Howes, Esq. will help you get to that agreement as efficiently as possible, and therefore, as affordable as possible.

Make an appointment today.

Katherine Howes is a trained divorce mediator with twenty-five years’ experience in family law.  Katherine Howes is a trained divorce mediator who has helped divorcing couples in Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Warren, Middlesex and Essex Counties come to fair and equitable divorce settlements.

At Howes & Howes, mediation sessions happen in a confidential setting.  The process starts when the divorcing parties, or their attorneys, contact Howes & Howes to set up a mediation session.  Before coming to our office, the parties provide the information needed to for a full understanding of the family’s financial picture.

The mediation takes place over the course of one or several sessions in the office.  The number of sessions that you need will depend on the complexity of the issues in your divorce and the willingness of the parties to explore settlement.

The mediator is paid by the hour, based on a written agreement between the parties and the mediator.  Start the process by contacting Howes & Howes.

DCPP Update:  Fixing the DCPP Central Registry

The DCPP (formerly DYFS) Central Registry is a database that the State maintains as a record of adults who have abused or neglected children in New Jersey.  DCPP practitioners have long had concerns about how the Central Registry works.  In response to some of those concerns, DCPP formulated new regulations about governing investigation findings and the Central Registry.  Please consult our “DCPP Investigations and Litigation” section for a series of new articles on the new regulations.


D.C.P.P.:  The Song Remains the Same

In 2012, the Division of Youth and Family Services, commonly known by its acronym “D.Y.F.S.”, changed its name to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.  D.C.P.P., as it is now known, appears to be nothing more than the same organization with a new name.  The personnel, the tactics and the results are the same, especially where “low-risk families” are concerned.


Does DCPP Abuse the “Order to Show Cause for Investigation”?

In recent years, DCPP has used the “Order to Show Cause for Investigation” to obtain restraints on parenting time, and to obtain court ordered evaluations.  DCPP’s attorneys recently conceded to the Appellate Division that this practice is not supported by New Jersey law.  Only time will tell whether the Division will reform this practice.


Appellate Division:  Parental Error is not the same as child neglect under New Jersey law

The law requires a fact-finding hearing in every child protective lawsuit.  The purpose of a fact-finding hearing is for the court to determine whether there was abuse or neglect of a child or children under New Jersey law.  At that posture, a parent accused of abuse or neglect is entitled to a full evidential hearing (a trial).  If the trial court finds against the parent, the parent then may appeal.  This past week a parent was vindicated in the Appellate Division case of DYFS vs. FM and LM.


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