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With Thanksgiving upon us, divorced or divorcing families are now thinking about how they are going to spend and share the holidays this year. Which house? Who gets the kids? Who buys which gifts?
She describes a magical time at the beach with respectful parents and happy kids. Hundreds of readers commented. Some said that the divorced couple is lucky that they have developed such a good post-divorce relationship that this trip was possible. Others argued that the joint vacation creates unhealthy confusion for their children who might be wishing that their parents would reconcile.
Summer has begun. As a co-parent you are either really excited about this or dreading this. It really depends on the comprehensiveness of the parenting plan you developed.
When is the best time to tell your children that you are getting divorced? We often hear this question from our divorce mediation clients.
Children of any age who have a relationship with each of their birth parents have to find different role for a stepparent in their lives. Naturally, they aren’t conscious of the underlying complexity of another semi-parental relationship, but you are, as the stepparent.
With school starting up again, it is a good time to ask - is your parenting plan still working? Or does your parenting plan need a tune-up?
Are your worried about how your divorce will affect your children? Are you already divorced but still fighting with your ex-spouse? Studies have repeatedly shown that divorce in itself does not negatively affect your children, but high conflict divorce can be bad for your child.
Sometimes, couples ask “Why do we need to map everything out? Why can’t we just work it out when the time comes?” “We are flexible,” they claim.
As difficult as divorce is, nothing is more difficult than parenting during the process of divorce. If you ask some of my clients, they may say parenting post divorce is even more of a challenge. Generally, when a conversation veers towards a client’s children and divorce, most people discuss how the children are handling the process, and how helpless they feel to stop the pain and disillusionment their children are going through.
The relationship between grandparents and their children has become increasingly complex. At one end of the spectrum is the statistic from the US Census bureau that 7% of children are being raised by their grandparents. At the other end of the spectrum, is the statistic that an even greater number of grandparents have sought the assistance of the courts to get regular visitation.
Previously recognized as a legitimate communication method by a New Jersey court, virtual visitation is one option that may be used to enhance parent-child contact between in person visitations.
The parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a childhood disorder that arises almost exclusively in the context of child custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent a campaign that has no justification.
In New Jersey, a separation agreement is any legal document signed by both spouses outlining the terms of the separation. Subjects resolved in a separation agreement can include child support, child custody, debt allocation and asset distribution. Notarizing the document ensures its validity, since there is no such case-type in New Jersey that provides for a "legal separation." Spouses wanting child support during the separation period, however, must file a claim with the New Jersey probation department.
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