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How to handle a parent that signs a child up for activities that limit the other parent’s visitation in NJ
Its amazing how many activities children are in these days. There seems to be an endless supply of sports, clubs, meetings and other activities that keep children occupied constantly. This presents a problem when the custodial parent signs up the child for an activity that interferes with the other parent’s visitation. Of course, it is preferable if both parents communicate and agree on the child’s activities but this isn’t always the case.
In Wagner v. Wagner, 165 N.J. Super. 553 (App. Div. 1979), the Appellate Division was faced with a mother who enrolled the children in Hebrew school without the consent of the father. The problem was that the time of the Hebrew school interfered with the father’s parenting time. The Appellate Division found that alternatives had not been fully explored and remanded the matter for a plenary hearing. The Court noted that parenting time is so important that the court should hold a hearing to establish to fashion a plan of parenting time more commensurate with the child’s welfare.
Unfortunately, some people just accept the other parent interfering with their parenting time by signing the child up for a number of activities. Don’t let it happen to you. Call the team of tough, smart New Jersey parenting time lawyers today.
Can men get custody of infants in New Jersey?
Gone are the days where the man would not get custody of a child. However, men still face a problem with babies and young children. The tender years doctrine stated that women would get custody of young children. I don’t think you’ll fine New Jersey judges citing to this as it is probably not the law anymore. I say probably not because there are conflicting opinions. However, men still face big hurdles when seeking custody of newborns. While more women work, it is more common that the mother may me out of work and the father would be working. All things being equal, courts will likely side with the mother. Compounding this problem for fathers is that only the mother can breastfeed. Of course, formula is an option but if the decision is made to breastfeed the child every day, the father will have to work harder to get custody. Of course, this doesn’t mean its impossible; its just a reality men have to deal with.