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Judge loses job amid child custody dispute

New Jersey residents may be under the common misconception that having a friend in the judicial system can give a party an unfair advantage in court. The state has recently proven that this is not the case. A news story has captured the front page, telling the story of a judge that misused her power to interfere in a child custody dispute

A New Jersey judge allegedly lied about having a personal relationship with a woman that used to be an intern for the court. The judge attempted to act in a way that is against the law. According to reports, she helped the intern falsify documents, then removed the woman's child from the grandmother's residence, even though custody had previously been awarded to the grandparents. 

It was soon discovered that the judge was not acting in her official capacity and had lied about the nature of her relationship with the intern. Investigators also say that the wayward judge attempted to alter her phone records to cover the fact that she had been in contact with the former intern. The judge has been removed from her position, and the matter remains under investigation. 

Parents looking to establish, change or enforce a custody order may worry that they are ill-prepared for a child custody dispute in court. In many cases, the legal process may seem confusing. Many times, it can be helpful for a parent or guardian to enlist the aid of an experienced family law attorney, who may be able to help ensure that all proceedings are carried out within the confines of the law. 

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