Some New Jersey parents might have heard about a child custody trend known as bird nesting. Its growing popularity is reflected in a sitcom about the arrangement, "Splitting Up Together", as well as an interview with actor Josh Lucas in which he discussed how it works for him, his son and his son's mother. With bird nesting, parents who split up keep a home that the children stay in full time while their parents take turns living there.
Statistics show that older couples are now twice as likely to divorce as they were in the 1990s. Unfortunately, this may present particular financial challenges for some seniors in New Jersey. In particular, women appear to be disproportionately more likely to lack a knowledge of household finances. A "gray divorce" can lead to unpleasant post-divorce surprises, such as learning about secret debts.
New Jersey parents who leave abusive relationships might still find themselves in a custody battle with their abusive spouses. According to the American Psychological Association, most people assume that leaving a relationship because of abuse means the parent and child will be protected from the abusive parent, but this is often not the case. The APA says that because courts are dedicated to keeping children in contact with both parents, they often dismiss allegations of abuse.
New Jersey parents who are going through a divorce should be aware of how to speak to their children about the separation process and what it means. A divorce can impact every member of the family, especially children. Therefore, it's important that any concerns the kids may have be properly addressed.