Parenting Time Attorneys
Creating Sensible Parenting Time Arrangements
Child custody and parenting time agreements are typically multifaceted arrangements that vary dramatically depending on the parents’ unique situations and the children’s particular needs. While legal custody of children will be determined by your child custody agreement during a divorce or legal relationship dissolution, you will also need to decide how much time each parent spends with their children, and when.
As your child custody and parenting time agreements will likely determine the co-parenting parameters for your family for years, barring a child custody modification, your parenting time agreement must be drafted with the utmost care and detail.
Thankfully, New Jersey courts are of the opinion that children of divorced parents should spend as much time as possible with both parents, so if you are interested in playing an active role in your children’s lives, the law is on your side.
At Jacobs Berger, LLC, our founding attorneys have nearly 25 years of combined experience assisting clients with child custody and parenting-time matters throughout New Jersey. Our unique approach to family law matters centers around open and honest communication between the parties and finding solutions which allows parents to maintain the stability of their co-parenting relationship, their relationship with their children and their financial and legal futures.
Contact our firm today to discuss your child custody and parenting time needs and concerns in a confidential Strategic Planning Session.
The Importance of Having a Well-Crafted Parenting Time Plan
Many clients who have positive working relationships with their co-parents tend to undervalue the importance of having a well-written child custody and parenting time agreement. You can never predict exactly what will happen in the future, so it is important that your parenting time agreement is flexible and takes into consideration some of the many common scenarios which can arise after a divorce.
Perhaps a new significant other will be introduced to the children, or perhaps a change will occur to the historical status quo of how families celebrate holidays. These, among other changes in circumstance, can have a direct impact on the co-parenting relationship or the children’s schedules and availability.
By having a well-crafted parenting time agreement, you can take into consideration many different current and future changes in circumstance, avoiding expensive litigation down the road in child custody modification hearings. It can also provide a useful template for modifications as the children grow, or as new elements enter or change the family dynamic.
At Jacobs Berger, are firm focuses on creating exactly this kind of flexible and future-minded parenting time agreement, while simultaneously avoiding unnecessary, stressful, and often contentious litigation. While we are always prepared to aggressively defend your individual rights through court litigation, we always seek first to find solutions through negotiation, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Modify an Existing Parenting Time and Visitation Agreement
While the goal of any well-written parenting time agreement is to account for many potential future factors or issues, sometimes circumstances can change unpredictably or substantially enough to warrant a child custody modification. When your child custody or parenting-time agreement no longer adequately reflects your situation, we can help you pursue an appropriate modification to the existing court order or agreement, including in situations when a parent wishes to relocate with their children in-state or out-of-state.
Enforce a Child Custody or Parenting Time Agreement
Of course, it doesn’t matter how well written or conceived your parenting time agreement is if your co-parent fails to abide by the terms outlined in the agreement. New Jersey courts take a dim view on any parent obstructing the relationship between their children and another parent, but at the same time they are not relationship counselors, meaning if you choose to file a motion with the courts accusing a former spouse of violating your parenting time agreement, you will need to present hard evidence of this violation, and not vague accusations.
For this reason, it is highly recommended that you first speak with our experienced child custody enforcement attorneys. We can help you to gain a clearer understanding of your legal rights and options moving forward, and also potentially resolve your parenting time enforcement dispute with your co-parent before taking the matter to court.
Contact Our Experienced Parenting Time Attorneys Today
At Jacobs Berger, our attorneys have extensive experience drafting, modifying, and enforcing child custody and parenting time agreements of all kinds throughout New Jersey.
We seek to both ensure that your individual needs, interests, and rights as a parent are properly taken into account in any parenting time agreement or post-divorce dispute, as well as to resolve these matters in a manner which protects the stability of your economic, legal, and parental future.
To speak with our firm today regarding your specific needs or concerns regarding your child custody and parenting time agreement in a confidential Strategic Planning Session, please contact us online, or through our Morristown, NJ office at 973-710-4366.