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Maldonado v. Maldonado

December 1, 2016

In Maldonado v. Maldonado, Court of Appeals (Div. I), NJP-Everett’s Mark Ferraz and NJP-Bellingham’s Mary Welch challenged the court’s entry of a short term DVPO that protected only one of three children who had been abused by their mother, and directed the father to seek a modification of the parenting plan to address the safety concerns for all of the children. The court held that the trial court abused its discretion “by failing to state in writing the particular reasons why the other two children were not included in the protection order and by denying protection on the basis that relief could be obtained in another…action.”