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Amicable child custody terms are possible

A divorce is emotionally difficult and affects more than the couple involved. Not only are extended family often invested and affected by the relationship, but many couples must consider the best interest of any children shared between them when ending a marriage. New Jersey parents may be interested to learn that some child custody agreements have been changing in recent years to better fit the needs of children.

Traditional custody agreements often consisted of mothers being granted primary custody of children with fathers only having some visitation. As family life has evolved, traditional custody agreements are becoming less of the norm.  A Science Daily study indicates that children will have fewer problems following a divorce when they have equal time with both parents.

Some of the new custody agreements have included divorced couples keeping the family home for the kids, but each parent comes and goes for equal amounts of time. Couples that have made it work state that they maintain separate living spaces within the home. Problems can still arise if there is not a balance of maintaining the home as former spouses may become upset with one another if one leaves the house a mess for the other spouse to clean up. Some couples have even maintained living in the same home with their kids following a divorce to ensure maintaining family dinner time and stability within the home.

No matter the reason for divorce, some parents wish to remain amicable for the benefit of their children. The right family law attorney in New Jersey can assist a divorcing spouse with discovering the right child custody arrangements for their family's circumstances. As well as helping to negotiate the right custody agreement, attorneys remain available for the following years anytime questions arise.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Why modern custody agreements look so different: 'Anything goes, as long as the children are happy'", Danielle Braff, March 8, 2018

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