Domestic Diversions

Learning from the contentious divorce of former Governor James E. McGreevey

The AP/New York Times peeks into the divorce proceedings involving the former Governor of New Jersey. The short piece illustrates common themes, including:
–judges want parents to use “common sense”
–judges want parents to facilitate age-appropriate activities
–judges want parents to minimize the potential effects of the proceedings and the parental conflict on the child
–judges focus primarily on parenting skills, not side issues like sexual orientation
–judges don’t like parents accusing each other of every imaginable error or misdeed
–judges don’t want to micromanage a child’s life
–judges will employ methods to reduce conflict and to help resolve child-related disputes, such as the appointment a parenting coordinator

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