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Docket number begins with FC, FN, FG, or FL

 


FC – A case that has an FC in front of the docket number is one that has been opened or begun by the Division of Youth and Family Services “DYFS”. An “FC” prefix before the docket number indicates that this is a Child Placement Review Board ( CPRB) Case. A CPRB case ( FC) is opened for every child in DYFS out of home placement including those whose parents have consented to their placement outside the home and those who are the subject of either a DYFS ( FN) child abuse/neglect case or an DYFS termination of termination of parental rights case (FG).

Visitation that is ordered in this type of case must be modified in a specific and specialized manner. Contact the court for instructions in how to proceed in an FC case.

FN – A case that has an FN in front of the docket number is an Abuse/Neglect Action brought by DYFS against the parents of a minor child. These cases are also called protective services or removal actions.

New Jersey requires that a parent who is a defendant in an FN case who cannot afford an attorney has access to an appointed attorney to defend him or her against the complaint. Most attorneys appointed to represent low-income defendant parents in Abuse/Neglect actions are from the Office of Parental Representation of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In order to get an appointed attorney you will have to contact the court in the county where your case is being heard and file the appropriate forms.

Talk to your attorney about how to change an order for visitation in an FN case.

FG – An FG docket prefix indicates a Termination of Parental rights Case (Also called a “Guardianship” case) which has been brought by the Division of Youth and Family Services against the parents of a minor child. The law requires that if you qualify financially as a low-income person, you are entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you in cases involving termination of your parental rights. In order to get an appointed attorney you will have to contact the court in the county where your case is being heard and file the appropriate forms.

It is best to talk to your attorney about how to change an order for visitation in an FG case.

FL – An FL docket prefix indicates that the case is a Kinship Legal Guardianship Case. Kinship Legal Guardianship (“KLG”) is an option that is kind of in between custody and adoption. A person who has KLG of a child has more rights to the child than if he or she merely had custody of the child, and less rights than if he or she adopted the child. A KLG arrangement allows you, the birth parent to keep only some of your parental rights. For instance you may have visits with your child and have the right to refuse to allow your child to be adopted or to change his or her name. If you get notice of a kinship legal guardianship case you should file written objections to it. These objections are usually written in a certain format called a Certification or an Affidavit.

Call the court where the action has been filed and ask for directions on how to file an application to change a visitation order in an FL case.

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