Impact of DCP&P Investigatory Findings and the Danger of their Future Use

By Michael R. Ascher, Esq. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is New Jersey’s child protective services agency (formerly “DYFS”).  The Division functions to protect children from acts of abuse and neglect pursuant to the provisions of various statutes. N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.9, N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.6-1 and N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.21.  All acts of abuse and neglect must


What Happens Between Spouses, Stays Between Spouses – Even If It’s A Crime

By Michael R. Ascher, Esq.   The New Jersey Rules of Evidence contain a strong privilege protecting communications between married couples.  The Rule provides that “no person shall disclose any communication made in confidence between such person and his or her spouse.” The privilege is based upon the strong societal policy encouraging spouses to share confidences and