Child Custody Archives

Fathers sometimes struggle for equal treatment as parents

When a New Jersey couple divorces, decisions about child custody and support might be reached through mutual agreement or imposed by a family court. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that men receive unfair treatment by biased courts that regard them as unequal parents. In most cases courts award mothers primary physical custody, which then gives them some power to dictate how and when fathers can interact with children.

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.

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