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Children & Parenting Issues

Hackensack Child and Parenting Issues Attorneys

Representing clients facing Bergen County Child and Parenting Issues

Divorce has the potential to impact the lives of everyone in the family. When divorce disrupts a child’s life, there are important issues to resolve. Many contested divorces are based on child and parenting issues, including child support, child custody, and child visitation. If circumstances change after a court issues an order, parents may request a modification to address an ongoing, continuing, and overwhelming change of situation. In some cases, families can find themselves back in court on the topic of relocation. Families can face child and parenting issues outside of the impacts of divorce. When a family wants to grow and open their hearts and home to a child, adoption may be a good option. If you are facing a child and parenting issue, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq.

Child Custody

Unfortunately, divorce a reality for some. When over 50% of marriages end in divorce, children are bound to be involved in some cases. Everyone involved would like to limit the impact of the divorce on the child. Many times, topics like property distribution and alimony are heated and contested. Child custody might be the most emotional topic of all. When parents have worked so hard to establish and continue a positive relationship with their children, the idea that they may not be able to see their children every day may be too much for some to handle.

Child Support

On February 1, 2017, the child support laws of New Jersey changed. The presumed age of child support termination shifted to 19 years but parents could be obligated to support their children through college and beyond. Parents can adjust or terminate child support when their child reaches the age of 19 or becomes financially independent through the court’s declaration of emancipation.

Child Visitation

Divorce can shake the foundation of the family. It does not only impact the relationships within the nuclear family, it can impact others, including aunts, uncles, grandparents, and more. When a child is caught in the middle of a contested divorce, the process can be too much to bear. Whether a parent has sole custody or a shared parenting arrangement, the home life of the child will be investigated. In some cases, a custodial parent does not allow grandparents, siblings and other family members access to the child. When this is the case, child visitation may be a factor.

Post-Judgment Modifications

At the conclusion of a divorce, a judge will draft a Final Judgement of Divorce addressing all outstanding relevant matters, including the division of assets, child custody, child support, and alimony. Obviously, courts cannot reasonably see into the future or take into consideration the possibility of a change of circumstances. If circumstances change, a court is open to modifying the order. If you are requesting a modification, you need to establish an ongoing, continuing, and unforeseen change in circumstances that meet the legal standard of the court.

Fathers Rights

When it comes to child custody court cases, fathers have always been at a disadvantage. Historically, courts have favored the mother when deciding on who deserves physical custody. Unfortunately, only around 17% of parents with physical and legal custody of a child are men. This extreme discrepancy is a valid picture of the way our justice system values the paternal relationship. Courts are supposed to be gender blind and decide on cases with the thought that having a strong paternal bond is in the best interests of the child.


When families wish to grow and open their lives up to a child in need, adoption is a powerful way to give a child a bright future. Countless families selflessly open their lives and hearts to children who need a loving home. The process of adoption can be overwhelming and complicated. If you are considering adoption, you have a lot to consider about your future. There are many adoption options available and picking the right course for your family is imperative.


Normal child custody cases are complicated matters. When the custodial parent wants to move out of state, the case becomes even more complex. In most situations, parents have worked to establish an ongoing and positive relationship with their children. Relocation has a major impact on the child, including a disruption of established relationships, academics, and more. Sometimes, this impact can be quite negative. Even when a parent has sole custody, the unfit parent may be working towards rebuilding trust and mending broken relationships. When relocation comes into play and a parent is facing the thought of his or her child being far out of reach, the topic can be too much to bear.

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