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Family law: divorce may involve child custody

Through divorce, people in New Jersey have the opportunity to say goodbye to unsatisfactory marriages and hello to freedom. However, when two people have children, they end up still having to see each other frequently after the divorce. This naturally can be difficult, but a few tips may help parents involved in this type of family law proceeding to deal with the challenges successfully.

First, now that Mom and Dad have their own separate homes, if it is feasible, it is wise for them to have two of every item that the children consider to be important. These items may include a special blanket, nightlight or toy, for instance. In this way, the children can feel equally as safe at Dad or Mom's home.

It is also important not to use children as one's messenger. Treating a child as a messenger is a common and easy mistake that co-parents make. This is especially true when co-parents find it hard to get along and prefer to avoid each other. However, it places undue pressure on the children to ensure that both parents are updated on matters such as weekend arrangements, finances and scheduling issues. It is better for the co-parents to create a system of communication that works best for them without using the kids, such as by using the phone, email or text messages.

During a family law divorce proceeding in New Jersey, it is common for two people to have custody disputes. However, they might be able to come together to create a mutually beneficial parenting agreement with appropriate legal guidance. This type of plan may help to ease any tensions that one parent has with his or her ex-spouse and co-parent, which can be helpful for the entire family long-term.

Source: ocregister.com, "Advice for co-parenting after divorce", Jill Hamilton, Aug. 4, 2016

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