Divorce can be challenging to navigate because of the emotional and financial matters involved. It can also be difficult if issues such as child custody are at the center of the divorce proceeding. A few tips may help divorcing individuals in New Jersey to make wise decisions that are personally favorable as well as beneficial to the kids during this type of family law proceeding.
First, it is essential to protect the kids. This means both parents would be wise to come to an agreement on how they will explain the reason for their divorce to the children. This prevents one parent from painting the other one in a negative light, which will eventually cause the kids to resent the parent who spoke negatively about the other party as they grow older and become adults.
It is also essential to be both fair and careful in one's dealings. People who are going through this type of family law proceeding may be tempted to rush through it, particularly when their marriage has been in a decline for a while. However, it is important for couples to take their time and negotiate in good faith and be sure about what they are agreeing to as part of the divorce settlement before signing on the dotted line.
Two people in New Jersey going through a divorce have the option of trying to find common ground at the negotiating table or through divorce mediation rather than litigating the divorce. This can go a long way in helping them both to achieve a mutually satisfactory settlement and outcome when dealing with matters such as asset division and child custody. However, if the pair are unable to resolve such issues on their own, they will have to rely on a judge to make the final decisions for them.
Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Ways to Be the Superhero of Your Divorce", Abby Rodman, July 14, 2015