Children & Parenting Issues

At Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, we are committed to New Jersey families. Our compassionate firm understands that issues related to children and parenting may be very emotional for those involved. Everyone wants what is best for the child, but that does not always mean that parties agree on what that means. Child custody, visitation, and relocation are just some of the topics that parents need to address after a divorce and those factors can be too much for some. Our committed attorneys are ready to guide you through tough times. With years of experience related to children and parenting issues, Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is focused on helping New Jersey clients come to the best conclusion to their legal matter. Our clients have always benefited from our dedication and passion. If you need quality legal services and a law firm that is dedicated to the personalized attention New Jersey deserves, contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC for a consultation today.


Adoption is a powerful vehicle by which families can provide a loving home and a bright future for children. These parents and families selflessly open their lives and hearts to children in need of a home, enduring an often overwhelming process to do so. Adoption is a complicated legal matter and people who face the process have a lot to consider. Paris P. Eliades is ready to guide you through the process and help your growing family.

Child Custody

In the United States, divorce is a reality of life. Over 50% of marriages end in divorce and when one involves children of any age, the resulting change can have profound effects. Many times, this legal matter is highly emotional and often disputed.  Both parents have worked hard to have a positive relationship with their children and the idea of sharing a child’s time is too much for some. It is crucial that these matters are handled quickly, efficiently, and with the guidance of a skilled legal professional.

Child Support

In New Jersey, parents are responsible for financially supporting their children. There is no fixed age when support ends. It can extend through college and beyond, in some cases. Parents can adjust or terminate child support when their child reaches the age of 19 or becomes financially independent through the court declaring the child emancipated. The court has the authority to order parents to financially support their children.

Child Visitation

A divorce can be a painful ordeal for all involved. When a child is involved in a divorce, it can make an already emotional time too much to endure. New Jersey courts have the child’s best interests in mind at all times and when a case goes to court, the judge must first consider what’s best for the child. Whether one parent has sole custody or both have a shared custody arrangement, the court will address the home life of the child during the course of the case.

DYFS Litigation

The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), also recently known as DCP&P, is an agency dedicated to resolving issues regarding the well-being of children, whether with their biological parents or in foster care and other protective services. While the system is intended to protect children from dangerous situations and living environments, it can sometimes lead to severe danger and harm to the child. DYFS, like any state-run organization, is not flawless.


At the end of the divorce proceeding, the judge will draft an order that clarifies the addressed factors of the case. Issues like child support payments and child custody and visitation structures are detailed by the order. In addition, the order also dictates the consequences for not following the judge’s order. If, however, circumstances have changed in your life or the life of your previous spouse, it might be necessary to request a modification from the court. A judge’s order cannot reasonably take into account the unforeseen variables of the future and New Jersey courts are willing to hear cases in support of modification.

Fathers’ Rights

Fathers have always been at a disadvantage when forced into child custody hearings. Courts across the country have a traditional bias in favor of the mother when addressing the issue of physical and legal custody of a child, unless faced with a case of an unfit parent. Around 17% of single parents with physical and legal custody of their children are men. This drastic discrepancy is a valid snapshot of the way our justice system values the paternal relationship. Having a strong paternal bond is important to a fruitful life for both father and child. Fathers should have the same consideration as mothers when it comes to the importance of their relationship with the child.