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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The more detailed the plan, the lesser chance you will have fights and return to court. Make it as black and white as possible.
- 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.