Sadly, one mother in another state experienced many mothers' worst nightmare. Her newborn child was taken from her arms without warning, and she is now in a child custody dispute with her own mother. New Jersey families with similar custody issues may be interested in the details of her circumstances.
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.
It is not uncommon for New Jersey parents to disagree about the care and custody of any shared children. If couples who have divorced were on amicable terms, many marriages would not end. Sadly, child custody decisions become a source of contention well past the day the divorce was finalized. The rapper, Nas, and singer-songwriter Kelis recently made a divorce agreement that reportedly took them years to settle.
When most New Jersey couples begin a family, they envision a long, happy life-long experience together. Most do not imagine or desire to put their children through a separation or divorce, but many relationships do come to an end. The "Glee" television show star, Naya Rivera, recently filed for divorce from her husband and is requesting joint custody of their son.
In New Jersey and elsewhere, raising children is expensive. Children not only require food and shelter, but their fast growth usually requires frequent clothing, shoe school, medical and activity expenses. Single parents may find it difficult to finance a child's needs on their own. Many parents find the family law courts helpful to sort out child support payments and child custody agreements with their child's other parent. The rapper, Offset, has recently been sued for additional child support for his 7-year-old child.
Many first time New Jersey parents often do not realize the strain a newborn can introduce into a relationship. Lack of sleep, changing hormones, different parenting styles and lack of intimacy as a new family adjusts can be difficult for some couples in what is usually anticipated to be a happy situation. When couples decide that it is best to separate, difficult decisions have to be made, including child custody. Less than a year after the birth of her first child, a professional tennis player is having to make some difficult choices about the care of her child.
When relationships end and children are involved, most parents in New Jersey would hope that peaceful co-parenting can occur. When parents are not able to set aside differences regarding the best interests of the child, following a separation, legal intervention is most often needed. Famous actor Tyrese Gibson is in a heated child custody dispute that is complicated by child abuse accusations by his 10-year-old daughter.
Your children are accustomed to living with both of their parents. They feel stable in having you both there because that is the only arrangement they've ever known. If you and your husband decide that the marriage is over, one of the most difficult first steps may be breaking the news to the kids.
For most New Jersey parents, this question seems to have an obvious answer. However, it is important to understand that jurisdictions across the nation have the right to dictate how their local legal system operates. An example is found in a Midwestern state that recently made headlines over how child custody cases involving unwed parents are handled.
For most New Jersey parents, determining how to divide parenting privileges and responsibilities is a top priority during a divorce. Each family has a unique set of needs when it comes to child custody matters, and courts approach each case on an individual basis. In many states, however, there is a push toward legislation that would require courts to consider shared or joint custody as the starting point for all matters.