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WOW!!! ITS TRUE…..Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter in New Jersey Family Court

FATHERS LIVES MATTER IN NEW JERSEY FAMILY COURT —-The New Jersey Supreme Court just proved: Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter! Fathers’ Lives Matter Again! Going through a divorce or nasty breakup when having children together is never easy. The thought of not being able to come home and see your children when you are done with work or if you take a day off to be with them, they are not there, is very difficult to deal with. Then times get worse, the custodial parent seeks to relocate out of New Jersey which would make seeing your children even harder. The bond you have with the children could get weaker by the day the are away from you. Well the Supreme Court of New Jersey set aside the case that governed child relocation in New Jersey, aka Baures. Baures was “built” by the idea that if the custodial parent is happy, the child would be happy and the relationship with the non-custodial parent is not as important. Well, that is over now and the best interests of the child standard will be the guiding post for any parent seeking to relocate out of New Jersey. This is great news for non-custodial parents in New Jersey. The Artusa Law Firm of Hudson County, New Jersey has represented hundreds if not thousands of non-custodial parents in New Jersey. Lead family law attorney Santo Artusa has been there himself fighting for his rights before he became a leading New Jersey lawyer. We are ready to help you today, contact us in our Jersey City Office on 973-337-9643.

The best-interest standard is harder to prove than the previous method which was based around the custodial parent’s need. To argue that the non-custodial parent who sees the child every week and/or his or her family has a close bond to the children and win, will now be incredibly hard for the “primary parent.”

While Baures and this court ruling focus on child relocation in New Jersey, our team has always held that non-custodial parents’ lives do in fact matter and they matter more than many people will admit to. Children need two parents that care for them and non-custodial parents do not deserve to be an afterthought. They really need to be equals if the non-custodial parent in fact is involved and does love his or her children, which almost all do.

If you do not have residential custody, you need to be vigilant against non-compliance of a New Jersey family court order so that if it continues you can obtain relief including the possibility of becoming the custodial parent. Frankly, while parents want to be residential custodial parents. the goal should be to foster a relationship that is natural and permits frequent contact and parenting time on both sides. Life happens and yes, sometimes people are late for drop-offs, late for phone calls, miss visits but unless it is happening frequently, the parents should try to work it out without court. If that is in fact impossible, which I have seen thousands of times, yes it is time to go to court and enforce your court order or seek a new court order with better identified boundaries that cannot be crossed. The better written and structured the agreement and/or court order, the easier it is to follow. At that point the question becomes whether or not the parents really want to adhere to it. If they don’t, watch out, enforcement motions done right can change your whole world.

If you seek effective help in a family law case in New Jersey, contact our Jersey City family law attorneys in Hudson County on 973-337-9643 or via this contact form. Please be patient for a return email as the demand for our family law services are very high. Thank you.

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HUDSON COUNTY DIVORCE LAWYER: 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD HAVE A PARENTING SCHEDULE THROUGH THE FAMILY COURT

One of the biggest issues in family court-divorce court in New Jersey is: parenting time and child custody. As a family law attorney in Jersey City-Hudson County, I have represented 100s if not 1000s of people in family law-parenting time concerns in the Hudson County Family Court which is located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. This article is intended to provide common sense tips in child custody/parenting time cases in New Jersey. I use my experience as an attorney and my life experience as a father to offer these tips from a different vantage point. Some points may be overstated or repeated in various articles I have written but it is because these tips are the same tips that work and help people over and over again. Each case is different but if the parents truly care for their children, which is always my hope, we can come to a parenting schedule that promotes parenting time for both parents. This is key for the well-being of the children. However, in cases were one parent is “toxic” or is trying to ruin the relationship between one parent and child, a stricter schedule and therapy may be needed, we can help you. Below are just five reasons why you should have a set parenting schedule:

  1. You and the children will benefit from a structured schedule. They will know where to be, what to expect, look forward to that time and so on. Less confusion, less problems.
  2. The set schedule will become a routine and the children will begin to have routines at the alternate residence to do homework, school projects, activities, etc.
  3. It gives you a set time for yourself which is needed between work, caring for the kids and all other things that you may need a rest from.
  4. The more detailed the plan, the lesser chance you will have fights and return to court. Make it as black and white as possible.
  5. With a set schedule, it gives your ex less of a chance to try to control you through the children and will limit unnecessary communication.

When the relationship is tense, in a divorce, leads to arguments, it is best to just have the rules set in a parenting schedule so a limit on needless communication is in effect and will only help you. If you have a family law case, domestic abuse/restraining order case, divorce in Hudson County, I suggest you give my office a call to discuss these matters further. We can be reached in our Jersey City office on: 973-337-9643.