Managing Expectations Regarding Child Custody in a Divorce Case
In New Jersey marriage dissolution case after marriage dissolution case, one of the most contentious aspects of the process is that associated with child custody. The matter of addressing the custody of children in divorce proceedings becomes even more complex and emotionally challenging if a parent or parents lack what fairly can be called reasonable expectations regarding issues associated with children.
There are some facts and factors to bear in mind when it comes to managing child custody expectations during and after a divorce. Four of the more significant factors associated with managing custody expectations are:
- Understand coparenting basics
- Avoid understating rights of other parent
- Focus on child’s best interests
- Retain a capable custody lawyer
A key to managing your expectations in regard to custody in a New Jersey marriage dissolution case is to have a clear understanding of the ins and outs of coparenting. The key factors associated with coparenting during and after a divorce include:
Importance of establishing boundaries. Boundaries come in two forms when considering coparenting. First, boundaries between divorcing or divorced parents are crucial. Second, children are more likely to thrive in situation in which their parents are divorcing or are divorced if each parent maintains consistent boundaries for the kids. When it comes to managing expectations and the ins and outs of coparenting, you need to appreciate that you really do need to strive to work as a team with your soon to be former or now former spouse.Do Not Understate the Rights of the Other Parent
Another step that can be taken to better manage your own expectations as they pertain to custody and parenting time is to work to avoid understating or even actually overlooking the rights of the other parent. As a general rule, in a New Jersey divorce, both parents are presumed to be on equal footing when it comes to custody and issues associated with custody (primarily parenting time).
Custody issues can become more complicated if one or another of the parents understates the rights the other parent has in regard to building or maintaining a meaningful relationship with a child. In basic terms, your own custody expectations can go off the proverbial rails if you somehow discount or understate the parental rights of the other party to your marriage dissolution case.Focus On What Is in Your Child’s Best Interests
Custody and parenting time determinations are made utilizing what is known as the best interests of a child standard. A court looks at how a particular custodial arrangement will advance the best interests of your child. A court considers what is and is not in the best interests of a child by examining the specific facts and circumstances of a particular New Jersey marriage dissolution, paternity, or other type if similar family law matter.
From a legal standpoint, determinations regarding custody (including both legal and physical custody) as well as parenting time (for the noncustodial parent) are to be made via a case-by-case application of the previously mentioned best interests of a child standard. Parents to have certain rights in regard to custody and parenting time. With that said, those parental rights take a definite backseat to those possessed by a child in a divorce case.
You are able to better manage your own custody expectations in a marriage dissolution case by keeping your own focus on what serves your child’s best interests. This is particular the case if you perceive that your own best interests in regard to custody or parenting time appear to deviate at least somewhat from those that appear to be connected or associated with the children.Retain the Services of an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer
You best establish reasonable expectations in regard to the custody of your children by retaining the services of a skilled, experienced New Jersey child custody lawyer, like a member of the committed, dedicated legal team at the Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen. Call at (201) 845-7400.