Many single parents in New Jersey are stressed as they are trying to balance work and raising a child. However, there are a few benefits as well to being a single parent. First, a single parent gets as much alone time with a child as he or she wants. This means that there is no one else to ruin special moments.
Single parents also have more freedom in how they raise their kids. For instance, they could watch television all day or eat fast food on occasion without anyone judging. Being a single parent also enables an adult to teach children that a family unit can take many different forms. Sometimes, the family is just a mother and child or a father and child. In some cases, it could be a parent, step-parent and child if a single mother or father remarries.
Finally, parents who have shared custody with the other parent actually get to spend time away from their children. This can be worthwhile as an individual can focus on their own needs for a few hours or a weekend without neglecting their children. It also allows the children to feel special because they still have both parents in their life.
An important consideration when parents of young children divorce, and one that often becomes contentious, is parenting time. There are several factors that go into a child custody decision including whether or not a parent can provide a stable environment for the child. A family law attorney can often assist a divorcing parent in negotiating a parenting plan that is in the child's best interest and which can then be submitted to the court for its approval.