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NJ Divorce and Risk Assessments for Child Custody and Parenting Time - Divorce and Substance Abuse and Your Children

Aug 7, 2016 @ 08:17 PM — by Michael Green

NJ Divorce and Risk Assessments for Child Custody and Parenting Time - New Jersey Divorce and Substance Abuse and Your Children.  If you have had a New Jersey divorce and as part of child custody and parenting time there was a risk assessment, generally a psychologist or psychiatrist has evaluated one of the parents to determine whether or not they pose a risk to their children.  Often, this may be related to a party having a problem with substance abuse, such as alcohol, prescription drugs or other drugs.  If this is an issue in your current marriage, and you fear the other party driving your children or spending overnights alone with them, call us at 732-390-0480 or 201-242-1119 in our East Brunswick or Fort Lee offices.  We have experience in these types of cases and our NJ divorce attorney and NJ divorce lawyer can help you.  We offer free consultations, so call now!

New Jersey Divorce and Psychological Issues Affecting Child Custody

Jul 8, 2016 @ 10:28 AM — by Michael Green

New Jersey Divorce and Psychological Issues Affecting Child Custody.  Often, one party alleges that the other party has a history of psychological problems that should prohibit parenting time or affect child custody.  Sometimes these allegations are baseless and are being used for leverage in a child custody dispute, other times, they have merit and must be evaluated.  If a person does have a serious history of psychological problems that have a history of treatment by a psychologist or psychiatrist or a rehabilitation facility, that information is pertinent to a child custody dispute.  Documentation of the history may be necessary in order to have an assessment done by a trained professional so that the court may have the necessary report to render an opinion on the matter.  Generally, a best interest analysis and a risk assessment is done to determine what type of custody arrangement may be in the best interest of the child.

Risk Assessments and Experts - What You Need to Know

Feb 5, 2016 @ 02:55 PM — by Michael Green

Risk assessments are often required when one party or the other has acted in such a way that there is an issue as to whether or not that party is a risk to the parties' children.  A risk assessment is often ordered after domestic violence has occurred or if a party has a substance abuse problem or if there have been other issues directly with the children.  Often the behavior at issue is independent of any prior acts of risk with the children and a professional such as a psychologist must perform a risk assessment to make sure the behavior of the party has either changed or even with it, they are of no risk to the children.  Parties with children, whether they are getting a divorce or not, are subject to a risk assessment.  Often a court will order a specific professional for the risk assessment, unfortunately, a big factor in the assessment is the cost.

Divorce and Substance Abuse

Jan 20, 2016 @ 02:37 PM — by Michael Green

Divorce and Substance Abuse.  Unfortunately, more and more, divorce and substance abuse go hand in hand.  There are many times where one party may have a substance abuse issue that causes or contributes to a divorce.  In those instances, that substance abuse may have to be dealt within the terms of the divorce, especially if there are past instances of domestic violence or if there are children involved. If there are children involved, the court may determine that a risk assessment is necessary to determine if the children should be exposed to the other party in a non-supervised setting or not.  In addition, going forward a party may choose to have a best interest analysis done so that an expert may determine what is in the best interest of the children as regards custody and parenting time.