Sometimes people get so caught up in the stressful details of divorce that they can’t see the forest for the trees. As if the decision to divorce wasn’t hard enough, when the process actually starts, there is even more to consider. With the help of their lawyer, individuals will have to make decisions regarding property division, possible alimony, and child custody and support, if children are involved. On top of that, they will have to deal with the personal implications of the split, such as difficult discussions with family and friends.
One of the most common problems divorcing parents face is reconciling the differences between each other's parenting style. In most cases, both parents want the best for their children, but the personality clashes that led to divorce in the first place often manifest themselves in the ways parents try to care for their kids.
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.
Currently, New Jersey and only three other states do not legally define at what age a child should be when a child support order is lifted. A bill recently approved by the New Jersey Senate would address this issue.
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.
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.