When Joint-Custody Doesn’t Work

The presumption for resolving custody disputes in New Jersey is typically to order joint custody between the mother and father, leaving the parents to work out the differences for themselves.  While this plan may be the ultimate goal of most divorcing couples or broken relationships, in many cases it tends to be more aspirational than practical.  Think about it: having joint custody of your children requires that you live within a reasonable distance of your ex-partner, you can amicably come to a consensus on decisions for your children, and you can tolerate one another to communicate efficiently and effectively.  But how many relationships really end on such good terms?  I beg to say fewer than we would hope in divorce cases.… <Read More>