Allison Williams: A shared custody arrangement in New Jersey can take many different forms. First, the court looks at how close you’ll be living to the noncustodial parent. The goal should be to keep the child in the same school district and not have a substantial amount of travel time between the two residences. But, the amount of time the child spends in each home is really a factor of how the parents are able to communicate with each other and whether or not the parties are able to make decisions for the child that are not going to be unduly detrimental to the child as they are splitting the child between the two residences. The child would have a bed in both homes, a room in both homes, an outfit, wardrobe in both homes, and friends most likely in both neighborhoods. In order to have that type of arrangement, the court is going to want to make sure that the parties are able to address issues despite the demise of their relationship.
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