Friday, April 17, 2009

Murderers and Abusers Need Not Apply

New Jersey just passed a new slayer statute law that prevents "anyone convicted of a crime that resulted in death or serious bodily injury to a family member of a divorcing party, and crime was committed after the marriage or civil union. In addition a person convicted of an attempt or conspiracy to commit murder will not receive alimony from the person who was intended victim or be awarded equitable distribution.

It also addresses parents who endanger or abuse their children.

Under the law, a parent loses all rights to intestate succession and to administer the estate if:

· They refused to acknowledge or abandoned the child by willfully forsaking or failing to care for it in such a way that it exposed the child to physical or moral risk.

· They were convicted of committing sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, endangering welfare of children, attempt or conspiracy to murder the child or committed abuse or neglect that contributed to the child’s death.

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