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Important responsibilities for custodial parents

When a New Jersey parent takes on sole custody of a child after a divorce, they have a lot of important responsibilities. This is true whether the parent is doing everything alone or they have an ex with visitation. For parents who still have an ex-partner around, one of the most important responsibilities is to treat the noncustodial parent fairly. This means consulting with them about important parenting matters and sticking to a visitation schedule.

Tips to make co-parenting successful

New Jersey parents who have gone through a divorce and are now co-parenting know that there are challenges involved. Co-parenting can include a variety of combinations, including two biological parents, one biological parent and another guardian, or adoptive parents. No matter the combination, parents can save energy, time and money on future mediation by keeping in mind the following tips.

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.

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