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The potential impact of a custodial parent's relocation

When parents in New Jersey and throughout the country get divorced, they must keep the best interests of their children in mind. This means that it may not necessarily be a good idea to move to a new state, and it can be even harder to justify if it means taking the child further from the other parent. However, a relocation may get the blessing of a judge or the child's other parent if it's done for a legitimate reason.

Obtaining visitation during a divorce

When a New Jersey couple decides to get a divorce, determining how to split up time and parental responsibilities can be difficult, especially if the former couple is not able to work together. In some of these cases, the custodial disputes can get ugly and even result in preventing a parent from being able to maintain a solid relationship with his or her children.

Research suggests joint custody is better for children

One of the most contentious issues for divorcing couples in New Jersey is often child custody. While there is a general inclination to keep both parents involved in a child's life, some parents may be advised to seek full custody. With instances when it's the mother seeking sole custody of toddlers, she might be advised that splitting time between parents isn't good for children that young. However, there's evidence suggesting otherwise.

What is at stake in a child custody hearing

When parents in New Jersey decide to separate, they may have very different plans for their future roles in their children's lives. Nevertheless, parents can come to agreements between themselves about how to share custody time and parenting responsibilities. A child custody order is often issued as part of the overall divorce decree. However, in some cases, people may find themselves in court for a child custody hearing without a divorce proceeding.

Holiday time parenting in New Jersey after a breakup

While separation and divorce are never easy for a New Jersey family, the difficulties and adjustments can be especially tough during the holidays. However, if parents can keep the children's best interests in mind, everyone could have a much more enjoyable holiday season.

Some divorcing parents try 'birdnesting'

Many parents considering divorce in New Jersey are concerned about how their decisions will affect their children. Families often have two involved parents who hate to lose time with their children. However, joint custody solutions, in which both parents share roughly equal time with the children and responsibility for decision-making, are increasingly popular. In most cases, children move back and forth on a weekly or semi-weekly basis between their parents' homes.

Changing the visitation schedule with a noncustodial parent

When it comes to visitation issues with a noncustodial parent, New Jersey court decisions are based on the best interests of the kids. Judges typically want to see plans or formal visitation orders so that the children are given the opportunity to spend quality time with both parents. In some instances, preventing a visitation could lead to legal ramifications.

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