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What to do if one parent has substance abuse problems

A New Jersey parent who is concerned about the other parent's substance abuse and who is going through a divorce should bring up the substance abuse at the custody hearing. The parent should also bring any documentation that can support the allegations. It is important to demonstrate that the substance abuse is harmful to the child in some way as well. A judge will be examining the fitness of both parents and making a decision that is in the child's best interests.

Preparing for a custody battle

New Jersey parents involved in a custody battle obviously want a favorable outcome from litigation, and several factors are considered when determining child custody. Parents must understand what courts are looking for to meet a judge's standards.

Preparing children for divorce

New Jersey parents who are getting a divorce may be concerned about how their children will be affected, but there are things they can do to help children get used to the change. One is to pay attention to timing. For example, summer might be a good time for some parents to file for divorce because children are out of school and they can help them adjust. On the other hand, parents may prefer to do so during the school year so that they can go to attorneys' meetings without disrupting children's schedules.

Keeping things civil for the kids during a divorce

Although most New Jersey parents are committed to putting their children first when going through a divorce, egos and self-concern can cause them to lose sight of what is most important. As long as parents are dedicated to working through their disputes as amicably as possible, however, the children can be happy and well-adjusted.

Can child custody exchanges become dangerous?

New Jersey parents who are getting divorced will need to negotiate a child custody agreement, which includes visitation and exchange procedures. The custody agreement negotiations, though necessary to complete a divorce, might become tense and emotional. These emotions might continue even after the divorce is finalized.

How to handle co-parenting when one parent moves

For some New Jersey parents who have ended their marriage, a divorce does not put an end to their disagreements. One of the major issues that may arise in co-parenting is when one parent's move to be closer to a new partner disrupts the visitation schedule. The other parent may resent having to drive the child farther and may also dislike the new partner. The new partner may resent the other parent's attitude. The parent who moved might not have anticipated the additional time burden created by the commute to the new location.

Grandparent custody and visitation interests

Although grandparents may have many opinions about how their grandchildren will be raised, they have little legal ground for impacting these young lives. In some cases, outspoken and opinionated grandparents find that their ability to spend time with these youngsters can be limited because of disagreements with the parents. An interest in spending time might not be legally guaranteed, but there are some situations in which a New Jersey grandparent could gain visitation rights or even custody through the court system.

Methods for divorcing parents to resolve conflict

One challenge for parents in New Jersey during or after a divorce may be negotiating parenting issues that are smaller than those around custody and support. A judge is unlikely to want to micromanage what activities a child participates in, but parents may find themselves in conflicts they cannot resolve. However, if they cannot come to an agreement through talking to one another, there are a number of professionals available for help.

Domestic violence and divorce

Domestic violence is a central aspect in divorce cases in New Jersey, particularly when children are involved. Many people believe that its presence means the court will make an obvious ruling against the spouse accused of violence, this is not always the case. The even bigger problem is that believing certain myths about domestic violence actually hurts the families involved in their journey to emotional health and contribute to the continuation of the abuse, sometimes creating situations where a child who has been a victim or who has witnessed it develops PTSD, which can manifest even in adulthood.

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