No aspect of the divorce process is easy. However, child custody can especially be challenging, as both parents may naturally want to spend as much time with their children as possible. Here are a couple of pointers for making navigating child custody easier for both parents during divorce in New Jersey.
One of the most important steps a parent can take during divorce is to avoid making custody decisions based on emotions. If one parent feels unhappy, he or she may naturally strive to make the other parent unhappy and thus deprive him or her of time with the children. Instead, it is best for both parents to try to remain honest about what custody arrangement is ultimately best for the children both emotionally and financially.
In addition, following the divorce, it is imperative that both parents attempt to keep their lines of communication open. Rather than being hateful and spiteful, they can show mutual respect and stay focused on their children’s needs and desires. This openness may encourage the children to remain open with both parents as well and thus strengthen the children’s relationships with both parents long-term.
If possible, it is wise for two divorcing parents to work out their child custody and visitation issues at the mediation table. This is often less hostile than going through traditional divorce litigation. An attorney in New Jersey can help a divorcing parent to pursue the most appropriate custody arrangement for both him or her and the children, given the circumstances surrounding the marital breakup.