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.
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.
Divorcing parents are often told to stay focused on one thing -- the best interests of their children. Those interests help shape the foundation of child custody agreements. However, New Jersey parents are often expected to immediately understand what those interests are, and they rarely receive guidance on the matter. This can lead to custody agreements that are not necessarily beneficial to the child.
New Jersey parents who have been through divorce proceedings understand that court orders govern the untangling of their marriage. In addition to separating lives, many parents must sort out the details of court-ordered child custody terms with how they impact their daily lives and interactions with their children. The right family law attorney can assist a parent with understanding the details of court orders and paperwork that schools typically need to honor custody terms while a child is in a school's care.
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.