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Common co-parenting problems

When divorced parents in New Jersey decide to co-parent their children, they are bound to run into numerous arguments. After all, parenting is an emotional endeavor, so if either parent harbors any negative feelings toward their ex, they might inadvertently take it out on the kids.

When is it important to hire a child custody lawyer?

For some divorced parents, hiring a child custody lawyer may be an issue that they are apprehensive about. They might feel that they are better off representing themselves. However, for many divorced parents in New Jersey and across the country, there are several circumstances when hiring a child custody lawyer can make all the difference between winning and losing a case.

Custody plans should honor stages of child development

New Jersey divorces of couples with minor children generally require the parents to prepare a custody and visitation plan for a family court. When developing the terms, the parents need to consider the developmental stages of their children. Sensitivity to the emotional needs of children could increase their ability to adapt to life split between two parental households.

Understanding family court decisions in custody cases

Parents in New Jersey may wonder what exactly family court judges mean when they say that they make decisions in the best interests of the child. While most parents, even those engaged in a custody dispute, want the best outcomes for their children, they may not be aware of the factors that can contribute to a decision in a custody hearing. A family court judge is charged with putting the children's interests first rather than the feelings or concerns of the parents. However, the court system recognizes that deep connections with both parents are critical to a child's healthy development as long as no abuse or neglect is present.

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.

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