Although it is generally speaking better when New Jersey parents who are living apart are able to get along, in many cases, they simply are not able to do so.
Baseball fans in New Jersey are probably familiar with Miguel Cabrera, who is a Major League first baseman. Some may have even heard that he is now in a battle off the field with a former girlfriend. Although Cabrera is married and has three children with his wife, he also has two children with the former girlfriend.
Even when both parents who are going through a divorce or are no longer living together are going to be able to agree on custody and even the basics of who is going to have what time with the child, there still can be a lot of work to do before the parents will truly have an agreement they both can live with in the long term.
It is always a good thing, both for the couple and the couple's children, when two parents in the course of a divorce or other family law disputes can get along with respect to child custody and visitation plans.
Unlike many other court decisions, a New Jersey parent can ask for a family law court to revisit a child support order from time to time. This is because New Jersey law recognizes that the circumstances of parents and their children oftentimes change, and these changes can make what was once a fair child support order both impractical and unjust.
Because the focus of any custody order is the best interests of the children involved, and because what is in the best interests of a child can change, it makes sense that New Jersey courts should consider a number of factors before deciding upon have the option of reviewing a custody and parenting time arrangement in a divorce or paternity case.
Any married couple in New Jersey, no matter their socioeconomic background, culture or beliefs, is susceptible to domestic violence, whether as a victim or as a perpetrator. Just because it can affect anyone, no one should think domestic violence is "okay" or something someone should just learn to live with.
As previous posts on this blog have discussed, New Jersey has child support guidelines that are supposed to help courts come to an amount each parent should be responsible for in order to allow their children to maintain the same standard of living as they enjoyed prior to the divorce.
Many married couples throughout New Jersey experience bumps and challenges in their relationships that can test the commitment of the partners to their shared martial experience. While in most cases partners can work through their differences and emerge from their conflicts with strong martial bonds, in some cases the bases of their disputes are so egregious that divorce becomes a necessary part of their relationship conversations. In fact, under New Jersey law, certain grounds of fault may be used to end marriages through divorce when martial partners cannot continue their legal relationships.
Most parents in New Jersey understand that if they end up getting a divorce there is a likelihood that one of them may end up paying some form of child support if the other parent is given the right to be the primary residential parent. However, that doesn't necessarily make it easier to come to an agreement on how much that support should be. For this reason, New Jersey has set up a child support guidelines process that is supposed to calculate a minimum amount of support a child living in the state will need, depending on the child's age, the incomes of the child's parents and some other factors.