For parents, their children is generally their first priority. Thus, it is not surprising that parents often fight over child custody following a divorce. In New Jersey and elsewhere, visitation rights are also a point of conflict in may divorce proceedings.
Not only does a divorce proceeding affect the parents who are splitting up, but it also has a major impact on the children. If you are a parent and are starting the process of divorce, it is critical that you consult an attorney right away. Seeking legal guidance is especially critical in custody cases involving issues such as chemical or alcohol dependency.
Others issues that may cause conflict during a divorce case involving child custody include allegations of sexual or physical abuse. In some cases, these allegations may be false. Domestic violence is another matter that can complicate a divorce proceeding dealing with child custody.
If possible, the parties going through the divorce process in New Jersey can pursue proactive and creative ways of addressing their disputes related to child custody to prevent from having to go through protracted litigation. For instance, they can work on developing a parenting agreement that is mutually beneficial. After all, litigation can be more costly, lengthier and more stressful than divorce mediation or direct negotiations, for example. However, if these alternatives to formal litigation are unfruitful for you and your future ex, an attorney can assertively protect your rights at trial, with the chief area of focus being on what is ultimately in the child's best interest.