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Custody Battle over Children of New Jersey Murder Victim

October 21, 2011 - Family Law

The children of a New Jersey woman killed in August in an attack allegedly involving her husband and his mistress are now the subject of a child custody dispute. 

The children's mother, Nazish Noorani, was gunned down on a Boonton street in August of this year.  Initially, her husband, who was with her at the time and who was also injured in the attack, blamed the attack on racists; however, he soon admitted his role in the murder of his wife.  The attack was carried out by his alleged mistress, Antoinette Stephen of Boston.  The children's father, who is currently incarcerated, now faces charges of premeditated murder. Family members of the victim have also come forward to allege that the couple's relationship had been strained by domestic violence and abuse for a while. 

The children, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old boy, have been living with their paternal grandparents, who have temporary custody.  Their maternal grandparents have now moved to gain custody of the children.  Their lawyers allege that the children are currently living in a house with a history of criminal misconduct and domestic violence. 

In response to the maternal grandparent's motion, a family court ruled last week that the paternal grandparents must allow the victim’s parents weekend visits with the boys. The judge has also scheduled another hearing for later this month at which he will make a decision.  New Jersey family lawyers expect that the decision will be in the best interests of the children.

The New Jersey family lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons in divorce, child support, child custody, domestic violence and other family law-related matters across New Jersey.


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