Statistics show that roughly 40 percent of first marriages end in divorce. That number increases to 60 percent for those married for a second time. When these separations occur, New Jersey parents should be aware that they are divorcing each other and not their children. Therefore, noncustodial parents should make an effort to be in their children’s lives even if they are no longer living in the same household.
Custodial parents should also make an effort to ensure that their children have a relationship with the other parent. In some cases, one parent could move closer to the other even if it requires personal sacrifice. The fact that a child has both parents in their life should outweigh the inconvenience of one parent selling a home in favor of renting.
It’s worth noting that parents should only be allowed in the lives of their children if they are fit to do so. As a general rule, being a fit parent means that a mother or father won’t physically or emotionally abuse the child. It may also mean that the parent won’t abuse others in the family or be a menace to society as a whole.
The best interests of the child is generally the top priority in a custody case. Parents who are getting a divorce may want to take steps to ensure that they both have a role in raising their children. Proper planning often facilitates a smoother separation process. In return, this will help children avoid emotional and other issues that often come after a contentious divorce.