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Will a 50-50 child custody arrangement work for you and your ex?

Everyone has a different opinion about child custody and which child custody arrangements are best after a divorce. Family psychologists and state family courts tend to agree that it's in the child's best interest to spend as much time as possible with both parents. You or your spouse might disagree with this assertion.

3 scenarios when you can revoke parental rights

Some individuals don't make good parents and they can actually endanger the health and safety of a child. When these people have children, it may be up to the other, more responsible parent to seek full custody of the child while doing everything he or she can to limit the other parent's potential to harm the child.

Visitation rights: Activities your 3-year-old child will enjoy

The first rule of thumb when it comes to being a parent is "learn as you go." The second rule of thumb is "don't try to reinvent the wheel, many others have been in your shoes before and you can learn from them." If you have just received visitation rights and you're having a difficult time coming up with the best ways to pass the time with your child or children, do a quick search online and you'll find lots of ideas.

School age children and parenting plans

When kids are between the ages of 6 and 12, it's a lot of fun to hang out with them. They want to learn and play and experience the world in so many creative and unique ways that it's difficult not to feel like a kid yourself when you're interacting together. Like all children, school-aged kids also benefit from regular contact with both of their parents. As such, divorcing parents will want to plan their parenting schedules to ensure that children can maximize the time they have with both sides of their families.

New statistics: Unpaid child support figures are worse than ever

Most parents who have full physical custody of their children have the right to receive child support money from the noncustodial parent. This money, received in the form of monthly payments, often represents a lifeline of financial support for the child and the mother or father who is taking care of him or her. Nevertheless, even though New Jersey courts will almost always award child custody payments to custodial parents, it doesn't mean that the paying parent always pays.

The best interests of your child: How do courts decide?

Every child custody dispute boils down to one important thing. The courts must focus on the best interests of the child or children involved. When parents know how courts determine a child's best interests, they can better predict the decision a court will make. With this knowledge, it's easier for parents to come to a mutual out-of-court agreement, which avoids the expenses, time and stresses of trial proceedings.

Possible custody law adjustments come New Jersey

Two bills have been introduced to the New Jersey state legislature that could significantly change future child custody decisions in the state. The bills offer the automatic presumption that any children belonging to divorcing parents will split their time equally between the homes of both parents.

Shared parenting: Can you and the other parent agree?

When negotiating your parenting plan with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you might consider shared parenting. It's a great way to ensure that your child spends as much time as possible with both parents, and it also helps both parents share the time and responsibilities required to raise a child.

3 examples of common child custody cases

If you have a child and you're getting a divorce, chances are that you and your spouse will be able to agree to child custody arrangements peacefully. However, in some cases, no matter how hard New Jersey parents try, they cannot reach a compromise. This is when it's necessary to litigate the dispute and let a family law judge decide the matter.

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