Most people in New Jersey have already heard of the recent split between actress Angelina Jolie and her husband, Brad Pitt. Like most parents, Jolie and Pitt already seem to be focused on child custody early on in the divorce process, but it has not necessarily been a pretty sight. Allegations of abuse seem to be fueling Jolie's insistence that she be granted primary custody of the couple's six children.
Child custody policies and practices have changed significantly over the years. It was once thought that, after divorce, mothers were "always" awarded child custody. Then, many people observed that even in cases where fathers were awarded custody, courts still focused on sole/primary custody being awarded to one parent.
With summer underway, it's a good time to address some of parents' concerns regarding visitation rights, including the duration, scheduling and location of the visitation. Here are five important issues you should consider to make sure summer visitations are executed in accordance with the court order regarding your child's custody:
As the month of April draws to a close, school children in and around Jersey City are counting down the few short weeks until school is officially out and summer vacation begins. For kids, summer is typically thought of as a time for fun. For parents, the summer months can present many logistical challenges as decisions must be made about how and where a child will spend his or her days. For divorced parents, the summer months can be particularly difficult as schedule changes are likely to also necessitate changes to an existing school-year custody and visitation agreement.
Imagine for a moment that you are a same-sex partner currently married to your spouse. From a previous marriage, you have a young child for whom you are the custodial parent. You and your current partner share parenting time and you can tell that your child and your partner have grown close. Almost as close as your child is with you and your former spouse.