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CUSTODY WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL PARENT DEEMED IN CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS OVER FIT BIOLOGICAL PARENT

Posted in Custody, Grandparent Visitation

Custody disputes are often an emotionally trying process where litigants are advocating for what they deem to be in the best interests of the child caught in the middle.  Even with the opinion of a custodial expert and months, if not years of litigation, the decision is a difficult one for a trial judge to make. A… Continue Reading

YOUR CHILD THE “CLIENT”

Posted in Custody, Divorce

You know you are intrigued by the title of the blog, but what does it really mean?  I was in a recent mediation session in a divorce matter when the mediator referred to the child as his “client”.  What he meant was that the child’s interests and well-being were his primary concern above all else, but the… Continue Reading

THE INAPPROPRIATENESS OF LINKING RESOLUTION OF CUSTODY TO RESOLUTION OF FINANCES

Posted in Alimony, Child Support, Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Judges want all issues resolved but especially custody and parenting issues.  No issues are more difficult and heart wrenching to decide – especially when facing a true, bona fide custody dispute (and I am not sure that there are really many of those – but occasionally they occur.) Phote courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net The New Jersey… Continue Reading

Custody and Parenting Time: Celebrating the Holidays Twice

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

For many, the holiday season includes exercising traditional family celebrations.  For separated or divorced parents, the season brings about acrimony regarding which parent celebrates which holiday with the children because each parent wants to include the children in their respective family celebrations.  As one very respected and wise Judge noted “There is nothing wrong with… Continue Reading

What Every Divorced Parent Should Be Thankful For This (And Every) Thanksgiving – Each Other.

Posted in Custody, Divorce, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Just in case you find yourself rereading the title of this blog over and over thinking you missed something, I promise you read it correctly the first time. Every divorced/divorcing parent should be thankful for their ex (or soon to be ex) spouse. As a divorce attorney, I realize that such a lofty suggestion is… Continue Reading

“8 DAYS A WEEK” OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Posted in Custody

One issue that seems to be coming up more frequently of late is the enrollment of children in extracurricular activities.  It seems that now, more than ever, kids are enrolled in several activities as a standard part of their growth and development.  As a dad to three boys (one of whom is still crawling his way through life… Continue Reading

Custody – Back to Basics

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Yesterday, my post on this blog was called "Alimony – Back to Basics."  Just like with alimony, over the years, we have had dozens of posts on this blog about custody and parenting issues.  However, just like with alimony, there are statutory factors that the court, as well as the custody experts, must consider when… Continue Reading

Absent Evidence of Undue Influence by a Parent, the Wishes of a Teenager When it Comes to Custody Must at Least Be Considered

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Very often, clients ask us how old their child has to be before he or she can choose which parent they want to live with.  The answer is not a simple one.  In most cases, absent undue influence or improper involvement of a child in the matter (or worse yet, alienation), once a child is… Continue Reading

If Parenting Time is Going to Be Conditioned on Both Sobriety and Total Abstinence, The Agreement Better Say So

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

This is not a perfect world we live and and few of us are perfect and free from vices.  There is, however, a difference between imperfections and either addiction and/or mental illness that could impair a person’s ability to parent their children.  Often, when these issues arise, we try to build safeguards into agreements to… Continue Reading

Finally an Answer to the Question about whether the Supreme Court Guidelines Apply to Parent Coordinators appointed in Counties Outside of the Pilot Program

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

An issue that has vexed us in the past is whether the rules enacted by the Supreme Court regarding parent coordinators were to be applied to all parent coordinators appointed by the Court.  In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court implemented a pilot program in four vicinages (Bergen, Morris/Sussex, Union and Middlesex) for parenting coordinators. … Continue Reading

Has the “Off the Shelf” Parenting Plan Gone the Way of Rabbit Ear TV Antennas?

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

A few years ago, during a conference with a reasonably new judge used the term "off the shelf parenting plan" to describe what he assumed a normal parenting time plan should be.  This plan was alternate weekends, Friday to Sunday night, and one night per week for dinner.  While my client was happy, because she… Continue Reading

Read Aaron Weems’ Post Entitled “Handling the Holidays”

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Keeping with our theme of custody and parenting related blog posts this weekend, I recommend that you read  Aaron Weems‘, an associate in our Bucks County office and editor of our Pennsylvania Family Law Blog recently post on that blog entitled "Handling the Holidays." Family lawyers, judges, parent coordinators often don’t look forward to holiday… Continue Reading

TEMPORARY REMOVAL DURING A REMOVAL LITIGATION – TACTICAL ADVANTAGE OR COMMON SENSE?

Posted in Custody

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The Ever-Confusing “Change in Circumstance” Concept

Posted in Custody

One of the most difficult concepts related to custody and parenting time issues is the “change in circumstances” concept when a modification of custody or parenting time is being sought. We have blogged many times on the legal analysis the Court must complete in determining a party’s request to modify custody and parenting time. Legally speaking, custodial… Continue Reading

Just Because a Child Says They Want to Live with the Other Parent Does Not Mean that Custody Should be Changed

Posted in Custody, Modification, Visitation/Parenting Time

As a matrimonial lawyer, I often get the question "how old does a child have to be to decide who they get to live with?"  There is a perception out there that there is a magic age where a child is empowered to decide which parent they get to live with.  This simply is not the… Continue Reading

Read Julie Ganz’s Post on Virtual Visitation

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Julia Ganz, an associate in our Exton, Pennsylvania office, and a contributor the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law blog, wrote an interesting post on that blog entitled "Virtual Visitation." The post talks about how technology can be used to enhance, if not foster parenting time between children and the non-custodial parent.  With the advent and improvement of… Continue Reading