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Child Custody Archives

Stepmother granted visitation rights to stepchild

A New Jersey court has used the doctrine of a "psychological parent" to rule that a woman who co-parented a child in a same-sex relationship in which the two were domestic partners but not legally married should have visitation rights. According to the ruling of the appeals court, stepparents who have raised children from a young age and have formed a bond with them should be able to seek custody or visitation.

Sherri Shepherd faces 2 child custody disputes

When couples in New Jersey and across the country experience a divorce or a separation, child custody disputes can present some of the most emotionally stressful challenges. Currently, someone who understands these frustrations is Sherri Shepherd, a co-host of the television program “The View.”

Lesbian and gay parents face bias in court, study shows

An emerging area of interest in academic research is a group of studies dedicated to finding out the differences between the parenting approaches of homosexual and heterosexual parents. Despite a growing pocket of research indicating there is no negative impact of having gay or lesbian parents, new research shows that judges and court staff often exhibit bias in child custody cases of this type.

New Jersey divorce becomes international affair

The breakdown of a marriage is an inherently difficult situation. The more complex variables that are included in a divorce the more likely it is that a contentious situation may become combative. The most common complicated factors in divorce tend to involve money and children.

Courts and child custody: More discretion or more guidelines?

In an ideal world, all divorcing or separating parents would be able to share parenting time on a 50-50 basis. Of course, every family situation is unique, and parenting plans have to be carefully crafted to protect the best interest of children; not every parenting plan provides for equally shared time with the kids.

What's in a name?

When divorced parents have joint legal custody and a child is born in wedlock, how will the Court address one parent's desire to change the child's surname?

Bode Miller given temporary custody, will take child to Olympics

It appears that Olympic skier Bode Miller and his son's mother have made some headway in establishing a workable parenting plan. As New Jersey residents have probably gleaned from headlines, Miller and his ex-flame, Sarah McKenna, have been involved in a heated and very public child custody dispute.

Child custody: What's in a name?

It's an old question, but in one form or another, it's a question that expectant parents ask every day: what's in a name? Most parents take the naming of their child very seriously, and sometimes disputes arise over what a minor child's name should be after the parents divorce or separate.

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