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Prolonging divorce may be harder for children

Some New Jersey parents might take a long time to get divorced after their initial separation. They might be having second thoughts about the divorce, or their friends and family might be trying to persuade them to give the marriage another chance. In some families, religion may play a role in their hesitation to move forward with the process.

The importance of parenting plans

New Jersey couples who get divorced and who have young children could benefit from parenting agreements that clearly define their responsibilities. In addition to showing courts, schools, children and others that both parents are committed to active involvement, agreements serve as frameworks for disputes that may keep children from getting tangled up in arguments. In some cases, having a strong agreement might even make it easier to handle disputes out of court.

Negotiating parenting time during the holidays

For some divorced New Jersey families, the holidays may include having the children move from one house to another so that both parents can have some time with the kids. If the divorced parents cannot agree on how to split their parenting time during the holidays, it can become very stressful for both the children and the adults involved.

Hair follicle marijuana tests susceptible to false positives

According to a new study, hair follicle marijuana tests may be unreliable because they are susceptible to false positives through secondhand contact. Drug tests are sometimes required in child custody cases by courts in New Jersey and across the United States.

Substance abuse not a barrier to child visitation rights

New Jersey parents who also have substance abuse problems might not be denied access to their children in a divorce due to that issue. Courts will consider several factors and will work from the assumption that most of the time, children are better off having contact with both parents.

Proposed laws may make parenting time more equitable

Research has long shown the negative effects of divorce on children in New Jersey and across the country. However, recent studies have found that children of divorced parents who spend a considerable amount of time in both homes are less impacted by their parents' divorce. In light of the new research, many state legislatures have been revisiting the family court rules regarding custody and parenting time.

Abducted children crossing borders

New Jersey residents may benefit from understanding more about the complications that arise from international child abductions by noncustodial parents. Once a child has crossed international borders, the custodial parent may struggle getting them back home. According to the U.S State Department, from 2008 to 2013 there may have been more than 8,000 children in the country who were abducted by one of their parents. More than 1,000 abductions are reported on an annual basis.

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