A family court judge’s ruling calls for fewer restrictions on contact between the child of divorcing parents and the new boyfriend or girlfriend of one parent.

An indefinite ban on contact between the child and the parent’s new paramour in a consent agreement is unenforceable, absent any evidence of inappropriate conduct, Ocean County Family Part Judge Lawrence Jones ruled in a decision made public Aug. 3. Instead, contact between the child and the parent’s new love interest should be increased gradually in a manner that considers the circumstances and is tailored to the child’s needs, Jones said.

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