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Making child custody work with a difficult co-parent

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is figuring out how it will impact the children. Child custody is complex, and it doesn't necessarily get easier after the process is final, especially if a person has to work with a difficult co-parent. Co-parenting with a toxic former spouse is never easy, but it is sometimes best for the kids to try and make the process as smooth as possible for the interests of the children.

Can one parent refuse the other parent's visitation rights?

Many New Jersey parents enter a new and confusing world when they divorce. Now they must deal with the details of custody and visitation rights as well as the complexities of child support. While these two concepts both seek the well-being of the child, they are separate determinations. Nonpayment of child support is not a valid reason for one parent to deny the other parent court-ordered time with the children.

Handling child custody when parents don't get along

Taking care of children is hard enough in today's world, even for parents who are married to one another. When two parents are not in a relationship, that can complicate matters, particularly if the two parents do not get along. Even so, there are still ways for parents who dislike one another to successfully co-parent. Experts have advice for New Jersey parents who may have difficulty handling child custody in this situation. According to professionals, it is not necessary for two parents to like one another in order to share custody, but they must decide to put their children first.

How to share child custody during the summer break

When summer comes, it is often a time for fun and adventure for kids. For divorced families that choose to co-parent, the summer break can raise questions and concerns for everyone involved. New Jersey parents may be unsure how to navigate some of these potentially tricky issues that surround child custody agreements. Fortunately, experts have advice for parents facing this exact scenario.

Grandparents' rights: Nonprofit assists alienated grandparents

Though most people here in New Jersey know how important it can be for a child to have a relationship with both parents, many don't consider the impact of grandparents in a child's life. If a grandparent once had a significant relationship with a child and then is not allowed to see him or her, it can be damaging to both the grandparent and the child. Many do not realize exactly what grandparents' rights entail. This is the reason that several people from out of state made the decision to form a support group for grandparents who have been denied access to their grandchildren.

Man's civil suit against police related to child custody

Parents here in New Jersey who are not in a relationship but who share custody of their children have many issues they need to address. Many child custody orders contain guidelines for who will take care of the children and when, for visitation and for financial support. If these orders are not followed, it can give a parent legal trouble and also negatively affect the children involved. Sometimes parents have two different stories regarding the fulfillment of or failure to comply with a custody order. One recent out-of-state case shows just that situation.

Can a parent's use of marijuana affect child custody?

The state of New Jersey is considering a bill that might ease the pressure parents who use marijuana may face. Though New Jersey currently has a statewide medical marijuana program, there is still a lot of red tape. The method of consumption, amount allowed and qualifying conditions are all regulated. For parents who may feel marijuana helps them, but have not yet qualified for a medical card to use the marijuana, loss of child custody is a major concern. 

Drug epidemic leaves many grandparents with child custody dilemma

When the children are grown and begin their adult lives, many New Jersey residents look forward to becoming grandparents. Having grandchildren can be a rewarding experience, and families look forward to watching the next generation learn and grow. Unfortunately, the nationwide opioid crisis is leaving some grandparents in a legal predicament. When a parent is struggling with addiction, grandparents may be forced to make a decision regarding child custody.

Judge loses job amid child custody dispute

New Jersey residents may be under the common misconception that having a friend in the judicial system can give a party an unfair advantage in court. The state has recently proven that this is not the case. A news story has captured the front page, telling the story of a judge that misused her power to interfere in a child custody dispute

Women's advocate faces charges for violating child custody order

New Jersey parents may have found themselves in a situation that put them at odds with the legal system. When it comes to child custody orders, there is no wiggle room for parents that disagree with the orders contents. Child custody orders must be followed whether a parent personally agrees or not. 

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