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Child Custody Archives

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.

Understanding a judge's view on the best interests of the child

New Jersey residents may be interested in some information regarding the process courts use when making custody decisions in a divorce case. A judge will often try to decide in the best interests of the child, but understanding this term can be difficult.

Managing parenting time after divorce

A divorce can be a challenging time for any child at any age. Studies consistently show that how parents interact after the divorce and how they are involved in the child's life can have a major impact on how difficult the transition is. One of the key factors involving children after divorce is custody and parenting time. The law in New Jersey and virtually all other states gives children the right to parenting time from both parents.

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.

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