How to Navigate Child Custody Agreements While Living With Your Ex in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

When spouses and partners with children split up, they also need to find a way to split time with their kids. Sharing custody of your children with another parent is often complicated and usually requires a formal custody agreement to be approved by a judge. While every person's situation is different, some find themselves in the unique position of sharing a home with their ex. Matters can complicate quickly if you end up having to share a home while also having to navigate child custody issues with your former partner. The trick to successfully navigating this scenario starts with retaining a skilled attorney and adhering to the custody agreement.

Understand the New Jersey Child Custody Basics

There are two fundamental components that comprise New Jersey child custody laws. These are:

  1. Legal Custody
  2. Physical Custody

Legal custody describes a parent's authority to make decisions for a child, including religious, medical, and educational. Physical custody, on the other hand, addresses which parent the child is in the physical care of. If parents share 50/50 joint legal and physical custody, their time and decision-making authority will be evenly split. It's easy to see how these duties blur when you share a home with the person you're also sharing custody of your child with.

Set Clear Boundaries With a Custody Agreement

If you're in the situation of sharing a home with a former partner or spouse, while also having to navigate custody issues, you aren't alone. It may not seem a common scenario, but given the events of the last few years, many parents have found their relationships coming to an end with no easy way for one of them to move out. Whatever the reason, perhaps because of Covid-19 restrictions or the chaotic housing market, more people are dealing with this issue than you may realize.

When handling this situation, you should develop a co-parenting strategy with clear rules and boundaries. At a minimum, the custody agreement needs to outline how you and the other parent will split childcare costs and obligations. When parents share a house despite no longer being in a relationship, it's easy to inadvertently cross lines, and this can cause problems. Often, these live-in scenarios aren't as contentious as other breakups, but that doesn't mean resentment won't breed if one or both of you fail to adhere to the mandated agreement.

Retain a New Jersey Family Law Attorney

It's important you retain an experienced New Jersey family law attorney if you're working through a separation or divorce from your child's other parent. An experienced child custody attorney will help you navigate sticky situations and help you prepare for and communicate during difficult interactions concerning custody of your child.  Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have helped countless parents through the formation and implementation of their New Jersey child custody agreements.  To learn how he and his dedicated team can help you, call 888-535-3686 today.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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