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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.

International parental abductions and what to do

An international child abduction by a parent is more likely to happen in the early stages of a divorce, while waiting for a custody order or during a conflict between parents. New Jersey parents who are concerned about one occurring might wonder how the State Department might assist them if such a thing happens.

Co-parenting can make divorce easier on children

Reaching an amicable settlement can be challenging for divorcing couples in New Jersey and around the country, and it can be particularly difficult for them to find common ground when contentious issues like spousal support and the division of marital property are being discussed. However, even the most belligerent are often able to see beyond their personal animosities when young children are involved. Parents generally want their children to be happy and prosper, and understanding this may be all that is required for custody and visitation talks to be calm and productive.

Developing a long-distance parenting plan

Divorced parents in New Jersey and around the country are often able to put their personal differences aside and work together to raise their children. Separated couples often worry about the impact their choices will have on their children, and they may seek to make the process easier by developing parenting plans designed to keep disruptions to a minimum. This can be relatively simple to achieve when former spouses live in close proximity to one another. However, things can become more challenging when one parent moves away or enters into a new romantic relationship.

Custodial rights for grandparents

New Jersey courts recognize that grandparents usually have a role to play in the healthy development of their grandchildren. The rights of the grandparent are given consideration in some visitation deliberations, and if it is possible to include these individuals in the child's life, then accommodations will often be made. Visitation is broadly considered to be in the best interests of the child and is therefore encouraged. There are even certain well-recognized circumstances under which the grandparents may even be considered for primary custody, such as the death of the custodial parent or parents.

How to stay financially fit after a divorce

Those in New Jersey who are thinking about getting a divorce may want to do some financial planning. Doing so may help an individual come out of a marriage in relatively good financial shape. For instance, it may be a good idea for separating spouses to take a look at account balances or bank statements to get an idea of how much their joint assets may be worth.

A new school year is a good time for a parenting plan review

For many New Jersey couples, the primary focus within their divorce was how to divide parenting rights and obligations. Child custody matters are deeply important to parents, especially at a time when both parties are concerned about how the shifting family structure will change their relationship with their kids. In most cases, parents are able to work out a detailed parenting plan that places the needs of their children at the forefront. As time passes, however, those needs often change, leaving the parents with a custody schedule that may no longer be the best fit. At that point, it is time to sit down and work out a new agreement, which can be a challenge for parents who are unable to effectively communicate with each other as co-parents. As kids settle into the beginning of a new school year, parents are provided with an opportunity to review their parenting plan, and to look for areas that are in need of modification.

Basics of grandparent visitation rights in New Jersey

Many grandparents have a positive influence in the development of children, particularly when the children are not living with immediate family members. In situations like this, grandparents in New Jersey can request the right to visitation with their grandchildren, similar to how divorcing parents can ask for visitation rights with their children.

Understanding child custody in New Jersey

Many New Jersey parents wrestle with highly emotional child custody disputes. When relationships end, it is common for issues about parenting time and child custody to be among the most contested issues. If you are currently involved in a dispute about the custody and parenting time of your child, it is important for you to understand how the courts tend to make decisions in child custody cases.

Child custody dispute between singer and rapper continues

Child custody disputes in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. can be complex and affect anyone. Often, those embroiled in a custody dispute are featured in the news because they are famous, wealthy or prominent. Such is the case with the singer Ciara and the rapper Future when it comes to their 2-year-old son. The couple has been battling over custody and the latest is that the judge is apparently preparing to give joint legal custody to the parents.