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What to Know About Complex Child Custody Issues in New Jersey

Child custody is complicated in itself, however, sometimes there are some that are much more complicated than others. Continue reading to learn about the most complex issues that can surface with child custody matters. Reach out to our firm today to speak with our skilled New Jersey family law attorneys if you are facing any of the following.

What is parental alienation?

Parental alienation refers to when a parent is using words or actions to turn their child against the other parent. Oftentimes, parental alienation can be hard to prove and difficult to spot. Instances of parental alienation can be as small as a parent taking passive jabs at the other parent, or as large as pretending to “save” the child from situations involving the other parent. Parental alienation can have detrimental impacts on a child’s mental health and can have a serious negative influence on that child’s ability to maintain a positive relationship with both parents. It is critical that you pursue legal action as soon as possible if you find that your child is a victim of parental alienation. Our firm can help you protect your and your child’s best interests.

Does a parent that relocates out of state make custody complex?

It is common for those who have been freshly divorced to want to move to a different location. An individual may choose to do this for a new job opportunity, to be closer to family, for a fresh start, and more. However, this can be complicated if you share custody with your ex-spouse. If you and your former spouse have joint custody, you will have to obtain permission from him or her to move out of state with your child. If your former spouse does not give permission, you will need to obtain the permission of a New Jersey court. When going through the court, you will have to provide evidence to the court that this move will have a beneficial impact on your child. If you are in this complex situation, you will want to have an experienced family law attorney on your side.

What is international kidnapping?

This occurs if your child’s other parent takes your child out of the country without permission. This can have serious repercussions. If your spouse even threatens this behavior, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.


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