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Two Homes, One Childhood: Exploring Co-parenting with an Ex

In the recently-released Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime, psychologist Dr. Robert Emery discusses the intricacies of raising children in separated households. Dr. Emery has over 35 years of experience in studying child psychology and how it is affected by divorce.

In Two Homes, One Childhood, Emery discusses the immense emotional toll a divorce can take on parents and how to avoid the same emotional toll it can take on children. He discusses concepts key to maintaining a healthy environment for kids, such as being open to sharing time and clear communication between parents. Emery also encourages parents to develop parenting plans that they can continually work on and alter to accommodate growing kids.

Emery is nationally recognized for his research as well as his other book on parenting, The Truth about Children and Divorce, published in 2004.

While divorces can take a toll on children, they certainly do not have to. The lawyers at Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., have long dedicated themselves to arranging child custody agreements most beneficial to the children. Contact our Monmouth County office at (732) 898-2378 to discuss your case with our child custody lawyers.



Several states move towards shared custody reform

According to a recent press release from the National Parents Organization, lawmaking representatives from twenty states are endeavoring to enact changes to child custody arrangements that alienate the noncustodial parent in order to create situations that support the development of relationships between the child and both parents. This push for shared custody reform comes after several studies published evidence that children of divorced parents flourish in arrangements wherein parents share around thirty-five percent of the parenting duties.

This reform is excellent news for fathers who struggle seeking custody of their children, as a certain gender bias that leads judges to place children with their mother has dominated family courts for many years. However, a recent study from Arizona State University found that the majority of public opinion goes against actual laws regarding child custody and support. With so many states leaning towards reform, though, it looks like shared custody is trending towards the new normal among divorced parents these days.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in Monmouth County may represent you throughout your child custody negotiations. Call us at (732) 898-2378 today to learn more.



100K signatures reached in White House petition over child custody

Actress Kelly Rutherford’s petition to the White House over a child custody dispute has reached the 100,000 signatures required for it to be addressed by the administration, according to a report by The Washington Post on May 13.

Two days after Mother’s Day, the actress was able to secure 100,000 signatures for her campaign, warranting the Obama administration to address the custody battle over her two kids, 8-year-old son Hermes and 5-year-old daughter Melrose. The actress is embroiled in an ugly child custody dispute with her ex, German businessman Daniel Giersch, who has been residing in France with the children after a judge granted him custody in April 2012. Giersch is not permitted to reenter the country after losing his visa in 2009 due to their split, and Rutherford has to travel repeatedly to France to see her children.

Being involved in a child custody dispute can be very stressful. To seek legal help in securing your kid’s welfare at this crucial time, the legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., might be able to help. To learn more about how we may work on your behalf, call our Monmouth County office at (732) 898-2378 today.



Actress Hilary Duff in child custody battle with NHL’s Mike Comrie

After a long bout of separation and speculation on whether or not Hilary Duff and ex-hockey star Mike Comrie would ever get back together, the couple finally decided on divorce as the best option.

Comrie and Duff both acknowledge the existence of a prenuptial agreement that will make sorting out property and financial issues much easier, but deciding on a custody agreement for their 3-year-old son, Luca, might be more of a challenge, TMZ reported on April 22.

When Duff filed for divorce back in February, she petitioned for primary physical custody of their son, requesting that Comrie’s access be limited to visitation rights. According to sources connected with the actress, she is concerned about Comrie’s partying lifestyle interfering with his abilities as a parent. However, Comrie isn’t going to give in without a fight and responded to Duff’s divorce petition by demanding joint custody.

Contention over child custody is often one of the most difficult and complicated aspects of a divorce, but the lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., are knowledgeable about family law, understand the emotional complexity and high stakes of child custody issues, and are prepared to help. For more information, please call our offices at (732) 898-2378.



Jeremy Renner to share physical and legal custody of his daughter

Canadian model Sonni Pacheco and American Hustle actor Jeremy Renner have come to terms for child custody and support of their 2-year-old daughter, according to a report by People on April 1.

Renner will get joint legal and physical custody of his daughter Ava, despite Pacheco’s request for primary custody. The 44-year-old actor has also been ordered to pay $13,000 a month in child support. However, the report also revealed that the Canadian model will not be receiving any spousal support from the actor.

Last December, Pacheco filed for divorce against Renner, claiming the two had irreconcilable differences. The ex-couple was married for 10 short months.

Filing for a divorce can be especially difficult given the legal issues that are often fraught with emotion. As such, enlisting the guidance and expertise of a compassionate family law attorney could help you safeguard your rights and interests during this crucial time. To learn more about filing for a divorce in Monmouth County, speak with a legal representative at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378 today.



New Jersey man arrested for violating child custody agreement

According to authorities, 36-year-old New Jersey resident Kristopher Dohm was recently arrested in Florida, along with a man from Tennessee’s most wanted list, after violating the terms of his child custody agreement. Authorities were first contacted after Dohm failed to take his two sons back to their mother’s house in Roxbury Township, instead taking them to Florida, which violated the terms of his custody agreement.

Over a month later, Dohm and his friend were both arrested at the Royal Palm Inn in New Port Richey, Florida. Both of Dohn’s sons were safe and were placed in protective custody while their mother traveled to Florida to meet them.

Dealing with custody violations is an overwhelming experience, and one that many parents are unsure how to handle. Fortunately, help is available. If your child’s other parent is failing to adhere to the terms of your court-ordered custody or visitation agreement, the experienced Monmouth County child custody lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., know what it takes to make sure that child custody agreements are adhered to, and we’re ready to put this experience to work for you. Call us today at (732) 898-2378 to see what we can do for you.



Slash ends marriage from wife of 13 years

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash pulled the plug on his marriage with wife Perla Ferrar on December 30, according to an online report by The Daily News.

Slash submitted legal documents in Los Angeles requesting to end his 13-year marriage with Ferrar due to irreconcilable differences. Slash is asking for joint physical and legal custody of their children, London, 12, and Cash, 10.

Court papers indicated that the couple had already separated by June 15. Slash previously filed for divorce in 2010 but withdrew his petition two months after.

The emotional impact and the practical concerns brought about by divorce can make it difficult for divorcing couples to reach resolutions that would be suitable for all parties concerned. As such, the guidance of a compassionate and seasoned divorce attorney could be beneficial to successfully navigate through this legally intricate process. For your divorce needs in Monmouth County, seek the help of our legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378 today.



Actress Autumn Reeser divorces husband of five years

The O.C. star Autumn Reeser, who is set to star in the new series The Whispers next year, allegedly filed for divorce from her husband of five years, Jesse Warren, due to irreconcilable differences, according to a report by The Daily Mail on November 24.

Reeser plans to share the physical and legal custody of their two sons with her husband. However, she does not intend to pay her husband spousal support.

The 34-year-old actress, whose net worth is valued at $3 million, probably met her writer-director husband while studying at UCLA.

Aside from the emotional strain brought about by a decision to end up marriage through divorce, practical concerns surrounding terminating the legal union between couples can also be overwhelming. If you are seeking for a sensitive and reliable divorce lawyer in Monmouth, speak with our legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378. Our legal team is committed to providing divorcing couples effective legal representation they truly need during this trying time.



Wiz Khalifa’s ex Amber Rose seeks full custody

The divorce papers filed by Amber Rose against her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa stated she wants full legal and physical custody over their son.

According to a report by the Mail Online on September 27, divorce papers filed by the 30-year-old model stated she wants full legal custody of her 19-month-old son Sebastian. Wiz, meanwhile, challenged Amber’s full child custody claim with a request for joint custody.

Amber filed for divorce the day after she discovered her husband was cheating on her with another woman. Wiz, on the other hand, contests Amber’s claim of cheating, saying he informed his wife weeks prior to the divorce that their marriage was over.

The report also says Amber may walk away remaining wealthy due to a prenup signed by both parties that would provide her a one-time payout of $1 million and a monthly spousal support of $5,000 from her husband in the event of divorce.

Divorcing couples in Monmouth may seek the legal assistance of our team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., during this demanding and complicated legal process. To learn more about how we can be of help, call our office at (732) 898-2378 today.



Flight called back to Dulles over child abduction claim

Five hours after its departure from Dulles Airport, Thursday, September 4, a plane was ordered to return after the authorities learned of a mother’s attempt to kidnap her son amid custody dispute, according to a report by CBS News.

United Airlines Flight 897 bound to Beijing was ordered to reroute back to its departure airport after the authorities learned that a mother who was attempting to take his child out of the country without the father’s approval was on board. The mother, whose name was withheld, was pulled off the plane and arrested. She is facing charges of kidnapping and is scheduled to appear in court Friday, September 5.

When facing child custody compliance issues, it is important to have a sharp and assertive child custody lawyer who will diligently fight for you and your child’s interests. Our team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., might be able to help you in this challenging time. Call us at 732-898-2378 for a free consultation today.