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Surviving a New Jersey divorce when children are involved

Parents must be careful to minimize the effects that divorce can have on children.
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    February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Surviving a New Jersey divorce when children are involved

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Although a divorce in Camden County can be a difficult time for everyone involved, children are especially vulnerable to the negative consequences of separation. Not only are their relationships with their parents at risk, but they are forced to reevaluate their role in the family. While a divorce may be inevitable, there are ways that parents can go about the process in order to minimize the effect that it may have on their children. Visitation, child support and child custody are just a few of the details that an experienced family law attorney can help you settle.

Organizing child support

One potentially harmful effect that children may experience in the wake of divorce is a limitation of financial funds. Where the child may have had access to duel incomes while their parents were married, divorce may mean a substantial decrease in the amount of money the custodial parent has to spend. New Jersey child support legislation attempts to minimize this decrease in income by implementing the income shares model of child support.

Using the income shares model, the parents' collective income is calculated. It is then determined how much a basic child support obligation will be using the total income as a guide. Certain details may then be added or subtracted from the total, including medical expenses, education and child care payments.

Work out visitation

Children need the emotional support of both parents in order to thrive in their environment. It is crucial to ensure that both parents are able to develop a solid relationship with the child, even though they may not always have equal time with the child. Visitation should be scheduled in order to maximize the child's exposure to both parents.

Minimizing the tension between ex-spouses

While some exes are able to handle one another with respect, thoughtfulness and courtesy, others may have heated emotions toward one another. This is understandable; however, it should be kept out of the child's knowledge or view. Here are some ways that you can create a peaceful relationship with your former spouse in order to benefit your child.
-Never bad-mouth your former spouse in front of your child. In fact, eliminating the negative talk about your ex altogether may be the best way to handle your emotions.
-Find a convenient, happy spot to exchange children. Playgrounds and fast food restaurants are a few popular exchange locations.
-Allow the child to receive phone calls and letters from their non-custodial parent, and help to facilitate a relationship with the other parent.
-Never force your child to choose between you or your former spouse or to act as a go-between delivering messages.

While bad feelings toward your ex-spouse may exist, keep in mind that you are doing these things to benefit your child, and to ensure they have a happy future.

Hiring a professional attorney

In order to ensure you are recognizing the rules and regulations regarding child custody, visitation and child support in the state of New Jersey, it is important to team up with an experienced family law attorney. The knowledge of a reputable attorney will help to maximize the outcome of your family's situation in dealing with divorce.

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