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Child custody should always focus on children's best interests

When New Jersey parents seek the court's intervention to make decisions regarding their children, they can assume the court will base its rulings on what is or isn't in the best interest of the children. When parents disagree, the court considers various factors and makes decisions on a case-by-case basis. Television star Vanessa Marcil recently spoke about her own child custody dispute with her now 16-year-old son's biological father and made some points that other parents may want to keep in mind when facing similar problems.

Marcil says that parents should always have children's best interests foremost in mind when negotiating co-parenting plans and making child custody decisions. She said she would never dream of asking for sole custody when there is no reason to do so. Marcil expressed her sadness that her son's father, on the other hand, has sued her on multiple occasions regarding custody and child support.

Marcil also said that her son was devastated when his father and stepmother basically shunned him. He has three half-siblings, the youngest of whom he has reportedly never even met because his dad and stepmom do not allow him to know where they live. Marcil says such actions are selfish and that adults should not make children suffer due to their own struggles.

The judge overseeing the child custody and support cases for Marcil and Greene has ruled that the lawsuits filed by Greene are frivolous. Therefore, Marcil will not have to pay the $200,000 in support that Greene and his wife were seeking. There are definitely things to do and not do when trying to gain the court's favor in a New Jersey custody or support battle, which is why it is always best to rely on an experienced family law attorney for guidance before heading to court.

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