New Jersey television fans may be interested to learn that a Los Angeles judge has ordered actress Kelly Rutherford's ex-husband to return the couple's two children to her custody in the United States. The children, ages 6 and 8, have been living with their father overseas for a number of years.
When a divorced parent in New Jersey is transgender, a child custody dispute may become especially complicated. Some court decisions in child custody cases that involve one transgender parent are affected by the judge's personal views on transgender issues. The non-transgender parent's testimony regarding the circumstances around their ex-spouse's gender transition could also impact the judge's decision.
New Jersey residents may not be aware that at least 8,000 American children were victims of parental abduction between 2008 and 2013, according to the U.S. State Department. A U.S. representative from New Jersey has led efforts to reform U.S. practices in dealing with international custody cases. Since 2007, the Office of Children's Issues reports receiving thousands of requests for help returning a child to the United States after being internationally abducted by a parent.
Couples who are going through a divorce in New Jersey know that many conflicts arise during the procedure. If children are involved, the divorce can easily become high-conflict and child custody arrangements can be emotional.
New Jersey marriages that end in divorce and that involve kids can be very complicated. Child custody is one of the key issues that parents need to work out with their former partner. When that partner takes the child to another country there are many legal problems that can ensue.
New Jersey residents involved in child custody disputes may find that the traditional custody rulings have started to change. Historically, courts would award mothers full custody because mothers typically were the ones staying home and raising the kids. Mothers would receive child support and alimony from their ex-husbands while the ex-husbands would receive a few days of the month to spend with their kids.
After a divorce or separation, it is not uncommon for New Jersey parents to disagree about who should get custody of the children. Most of the time, however, parents can work with their attorneys and the courts in order to resolve their disagreement, and they usually accept the court's decision. Of course, this is not always the case. Recently, while involved in a child custody dispute with grandparents, a husband and wife kidnapped their children and fled to Cuba on a sailboat.