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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.

New Jersey grandparent visitation rights

Grandparents often share an extraordinary bond with their grandkids, one they will be heartbroken to have to sever (physically). Of course, broken hearts will be experienced on the grandkids' ends, too. In many cases, grandparents can demand to spend time with their grandchildren following a divorce. In the state of New Jersey, for example, state law supports grandparents who wish to visit with their grandkids by offering grandparents the ability to submit an application for visitation. In order to gain visitation rights, however, grandparents must prove that visitation will serve the best interests of the child or children involved.

What's the most important factor in your child custody cases?

The most important factor in any New Jersey child custody case relates to the best interests of your child. Ultimately, the family court judge will zero in on the best interests of your child or children when making any determination relating to your child custody case.

New research: Kids benefit from equal time with both mom and dad

Twenty or 30 years ago, the idea of shared physical custody was virtually unheard of. Family law courts in New Jersey and elsewhere traditionally awarded full physical custody to the mother for two primary reasons. First, they believed that the mother should naturally fulfill the role of caretaker. Second, they believed that children would have to endure an argumentative environment full of conflict if both parents needed to work together.

What are the best circumstances for joint custody?

New Jersey parents who are in the process of navigating their divorce proceedings will need to consider how they will organize child custody. These days, a lot of parents choose 50-50 custody arrangements in which the children spend half the time with mom and half the time with dad. New Jersey courts also tend to support such arrangements as they are often in the best interests of the child or children concerned.

New Jersey child relocation ruling changes the law

The New Jersey Supreme Court has reversed approximately 20 years of family law with a groundbreaking decision about the relocation of children by divorced parents. Previously, the law focused on whether the potential move could result in "harm" to the child; and, in order to determine this, the courts assumed that the children would be happier when the parents were happier.

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