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Child Custody Archives

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.

Study reveals the most stress-free child custody arrangement

New Jersey parents may be interested in some research out of Sweden that may shed light on the best course of action regarding child custody issues. The study looked at the amount of stress that children in different custody arrangements faced, with surprising results.

The content of child custody agreements

When a couple with children divorces or separates, they must deal with the logistics involved in raising their kids. Keeping the best interest of the family first, parents must reach a compromise on how to take care of their children's needs, whether through legal proceedings or informal negotiations. New Jersey parents who find themselves in this situation and are able to negotiate all the issues related to their children themselves or through out-of-court mediation might end up with a custody agreement that covers all the areas related to custody.

Implementing an effective parenting plan after divorce

New Jersey divorced or separated parents may find some information regarding parenting useful. Whenever a divorce is filed, the result can directly affect a relationship with a child. Visitation times are crucial to the child's well-being but may be difficult to adjust to at first.

How do New Jersey courts decide on the custody of a child?

Child custody laws generally instruct the courts on visitation rules, whether parents can seek joint custody and how to order custody. The courts must consider several factors to determine the custody of a child. However, parents may also create parenting plans for the courts to accept or request modifications.

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