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Shared Parenting and Divorce, When Does it Make Sense?

In the “old days” when people got divorced or when people decided not to live together anymore, the non-custodial parent would often have a “traditional” parenting schedule which usually consisted of every other weekend parenting time. This type of parenting time greatly limits a parents ability to actually parent and becomes the “fun” parent, taking the child to games, to activities while the custodial parent would make all the day to day decisions. This form of parenting time has been found to hurt children in some cases but in other cases, the children have stability and are not dizzy from all the back and forth from one home to the next. The age of the child is very important in the determination of parenting time. A child custody case can be a separate action or it could be part of a contested divorce.

In a recent case, the child was less than 5 years old. The father was not involved in the day to day activities and upbringing of the child despite lying under oath that he was very active. The father presented pictures of matching tooth brushes in the two different homes, matching plates, cups, etc., to avoid confusion. Well, his attempt failed as a child is not going to be confused about which color toothbrush will be there or what kind of dish he or she will eat on but the confusion comes to more important things which the absent father could not understand. For instance, the rules set by one parent may be different than the rules of the other, non-custodial parent. The bed time and routine of a young child is critical and if the parents cannot agree, a shared parenting schedule will not work at such a young age. Only an active parent would know that or someone with common sense, something that is often lacking in courts especially when litigants lie.

If you seek more information about child custody cases from Jersey City Child Custody Attorney Santo Artusa, click here. You can also click here to learn more about our child support cases and for our home page which outlines all of our family law services, click here.

We have successfully represented people concerning family law and divorce matters in the Hudson County Family Court, Essex County Family Court and other courts in New Jersey for parents in both situations. If you have a parenting time issue or custody case, contact us today for an appointment in our Jersey City office on 201-706-7910.

Update from the Court, Modifying a Marital Settlement Agreement

Hudson County Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa and his team represents people during divorce cases and after divorce cases have been settled or tried if some family law issues still remain or new issues arise. Sometimes when a marital or property settlement is made, mistakes are made, people may have felt forced, or changes have occurred since the time the settlement was entered. Over time, the settlement agreement may need to be changed in family court.Call us today on 201-706-7910.

NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS
NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS

A recent case we had in the Hudson County Family Court in Jersey City, New Jersey brought by our firm by way of post-divorce motion seeking to modify the marital settlement agreement and seeking to enforce other aspects of the marital settlement agreement in which our client’s former spouse refused to permit parenting time over and over again. We were able to show the court that a significant change in circumstances warranted the need to modify the agreement. In the case, dad moved out of state and as time went on, he could no longer exercise his monthly parenting time in New Jersey but mom refused to cooperate to permit the monthly parenting out of state and blocked key parenting times during Christmas and other holidays. Completely unacceptable to any parent.

The court agreed that because dad was no longer able to have visits here (except in a hotel), that the monthly visits will occur out of state and found that mom violated key provisions of the agreement and was ordered to pay counsel fees and was warned that if she would return to court blocking parenting time that she would also be sanctioned.  Additionally, dad was also awarded 9 weeks of summer time parenting time in his new state. In the end, it was a great day for fathers who seek to have as much parenting time as possible and a great day showing that marital settlement agreements can be modified when necessary.

The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in matrimonial and post divorce applications in New Jersey. We can help you determine if a motion or application is ripe or if you will be wasting your time by failing a claim. If you have been served with papers by your former spouse and need representation in family court, we can help you with that as well. Our office is located in the Capital One Building, 35 Journal Square, 8th Floor, Suite 825, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306. Our office line is 201-706-7910.

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Best Divorce Attorney in New Jersey, How to Determine?

Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015
Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015

People often ask or look for the “best divorce attorney in New Jersey, in Jersey City, in Morristown, etc”. Who is best depends more on you than on the attorney. Each case is different and the results will vary greatly depending on the facts, the judge, the timing, etc.

What maybe great about one lawyer (writing skills), maybe second to court presence for another lawyer. To me, you need a bit of both. You need to be a great writer, reader, analyzer, speaker, have a great presence in the courtroom, you need to be able to think quick, argue respectfully, treat the court respectfully and of course, show your client respect. There is no simple solution to who is the best lawyer anywhere, but researching or better yet, meeting with the prospective attorney to see if you have professional chemistry with that lawyer. There are many sites that rate attorneys, I am on several of these sites including avvo.com.

If you seek a professional consultation about your family law or divorce situation, contact my office today on 201-706-7910. We are located at 35 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306.