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When Children Are Sick Or Injured: Do Custody Agreements Hold Up?

  • By: Eric Hannum, Esq.
  • Published: July 15, 2023
When Children Are Sick Or Injured: Do Custody Agreements Hold Up

Custody agreements are established by the court with the best information available at the time, and with the primary intention of fairness to the children. Parents may not like the terms of their custody agreement, and filing for a modification is one of the legal options available for changing it.

Generally, judges in New Jersey, as in other jurisdictions look for cooperation on the part of both parents, knowing that cooperation between their parents is the most important source of security for children after the tumultuous period of divorce.

There’s probably no time when a child is more vulnerable and in need of security than when he or she is sick or injured. Everyone who cares about the child is expected to care and also to cooperate for the child’s benefit. Children who have recently survived their parents’ divorce are already vulnerable as a result, and when those children become sick or experience injury they are in need of special attention.

Divorced parents have an obligation to follow the terms of their custody agreement, but they also have an obligation to use common sense. Cooperating when their child is sick or injured and may need to stay in one home, irrespective of custody dates and times, is a reasonable expectation.

Meaning, the court will expect reasonable behavior on the part of each parent, as will other caring relatives and of course the child himself or herself. It simply doesn’t make sense to anyone else if divorced parents choose to fight over their custody rights.

This may sound unbelievable, but it is not uncommon for well-meaning parents to fight over their child who is temporarily ill or injured. And some of them petition the court to order a modification of child custody. This is their legal right, but it is not necessarily wise.

Parents need to make a point to talk to each other and work out a sensible, practical arrangement for the short term, or long term if necessary so that their child sees and knows they are genuinely providing safety and security as a team. Having the right to custody time is not necessarily the same as doing the right thing.

Is Custody Affected If Your Child Gets Sick On The Other Parent’s Time-Share?

In Manasquan, New Jersey, child custody arrangements can be affected when a child falls ill during a parent’s allocated time-share. The outcome of such a situation hinges on the specifics of the existing child custody agreement and the parents’ ability to collaborate effectively.

Child custody agreements in New Jersey are designed with the child’s best interests in mind. Should a child become sick while in the care of one parent, it is imperative they promptly communicate and work together with the other parent to ensure the child receives appropriate medical attention. Failure to do so may even have legal implications.

In instances where recurrent illnesses or chronic health issues are a concern, consulting with a seasoned child custody agreement attorney is wise. These legal professionals specialize in navigating the intricacies of family law in New Jersey and can assist parents in addressing such matters within the bounds of the law.

While a child’s illness during one parent’s time-share can disrupt established custody arrangements, it is best managed through effective communication and cooperation between both parents. Nevertheless, should recurring issues arise or modifications to custody agreements become necessary, seeking guidance from a knowledgeable child custody lawyer is often the most prudent course of action.

When you want to consider all your options for modifying a shared custody agreement in New Jersey, call us for a no-obligation consultation, (732) 365-3299. Or email us to make an appointment in our offices.

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