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Making consistent rules after a divorce

When New Jersey parents of young children are getting divorced, they may be focused on many different things. They may need to worry about property division, spousal and child support, child custody, and parenting time. An important part of the child custody portion of a divorce is making certain that the children's best interests are protected. One way to do this is to agree on consistent rules that both parents will implement in their respective homes.

The benefits of shared parenting

Shared parenting may be a concept that not a lot of New Jersey residents are familiar with. This is because in 80 percent of child custody cases, the mother is awarded physical custody of the child. This can hurt her chances of advancing in the workplace. It may also have negative consequences for both the father and the child.

New standard for relocating kids after divorce

Raising kids after a divorce is often more challenging for both parents, and this is especially true when parents disagree about something major like where a child should live. A ruling from the Supreme Court of New Jersey will influence what happens when the custodial parent wants to move away from the state.

Blac Chyna vows to co-parent after Kardashian's Twitter tirade

New Jersey residents who follow the Kardashian family may be interested to learn that Blac Chyna, the model who has an 8-month-old baby with Rob Kardashian, was granted a restraining order on July 11. She had filed for the restraining order after Kardashian attacked her in a Twitter tirade that involved posting graphic content, nude photos and accusations regarding drugs and alcohol.

Custody arrangements for undocumented workers

The American-born children of undocumented workers in New Jersey and around the country are automatically granted American citizenship, but this is not enough to stop the immigration authorities from initiating deportation proceedings against their parents. President Trump has been highly critical of the nation's border control policies and has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, and this has prompted some undocumented workers to put contingency plans in place to take care of their American-born children should they no longer be able to.

Steps for getting custody of a sister or brother

If a New Jersey child's parents dies or are unfit and the child has an older sibling, that sibling might want custody of the child. In order to get custody, the child must be under 18 and the sibling must be legally emancipated or at least 18. In both cases, a sibling must provide proof of being able to financially care for the child and provide a stable environment. In the latter case, the sibling might also have to prove that the parents are unable to take care of the child or are putting the child in danger.

How nesting may be beneficial for children

New Jersey parents who are getting a divorce but whose relationship is still relatively amicable may be interested in an approach to joint custody known as "nesting". While in a traditional joint custody arrangement children generally move back and forth between their parents' homes, nesting allows them to remain in the family home while the parent do the rotating in and out.

Errors to avoid in a custody hearing

A New Jersey parent who is facing a child custody hearing may be frustrated with the other parent, but it is important to not show frustration in court. A parent who appears angry or bitter may also look like a parent who is unwilling to cooperate with the other parent, and this could result in that other parent getting custody. Parents should also avoid trying to speak for their children to convince the judge that they are the best choice as the custodial parent. Older children are often allowed to express their preferences if they wish, but a parent should not attempt to make the other parent look bad by arguing that their child needs them more.

Winning a child custody case

Child custody cases can end with unpredictable results. New Jersey parents who are embroiled in child custody disputes may benefit from learn how to strategize their case and improve their chances of achieving the outcome that they want.

Scarlett Johansson in custody battle over daughter

New Jersey fans of actress Scarlett Johansson may have heard that she is divorcing her husband, Romaine Dauriac. They have a 2-year-old daughter together. Their custody dispute was a private negotiation until March 7 when Johansson and her attorney filed divorce papers in New York.