For parents, child custody is one of the most important aspects of a divorce. Who gets primary physical and legal custody and how visitation is set up is a very sensitive issue, and parents will fight passionately for what they believe is best for their children. Understanding how New Jersey looks at child custody cases and what criteria they use to determine how they will award custody is key to facing child custody issues with confidence. Here’s what you need to know.
Factors That Affect Child Custody in New Jersey
There are many issues that a New Jersey court will evaluate before making a decision regarding the custody of your children during your divorce. The criteria that will be examined includes, but is not limited to:
- Each parent’s ability to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for the children
- The willingness of each parent to accept the custody arrangements, and any history of contention or unwillingness of either parent to cooperate with custody plans
- The age and health of each parent
- The age and health of each child
- The living preference of the child, if he or she is over the age of 12
- The relationship each child has with each parent
- The ability of each parent to work together amicably for the best interests of the children
Types of Custody Arrangements
There are many different ways to arrange custody, including:
- Awarding primary physical and legal custody to one parent, while allowing the non-custodial parent visitation time
- Awarding joint custody to both parents, with the child spending equal time with each parent (legal decisions are made by both parents)
- Customized custody arrangements that benefit the child more than traditional custody arrangements
When to Contact a Child Custody Lawyer
If you have children and are either considering getting a divorce or are already involved in the separation process, it’s important to speak with a skilled child custody lawyer as soon as possible regarding your case. It’s critical that you know and understand your rights throughout the child custody proceedings so you can make informed decisions about matters that could have a profound effect on you and your loved ones.
Rita T. Jerejian, LLC has years of experience working with families involved in child custody cases and can provide you with the seasoned legal help you need for a successful outcome. She understands how difficult child custody issues can be, and she knows how to navigate through the New Jersey court system with ease.
When child custody issues threaten to unravel everything you’ve done to protect your children, it’s critical that you have adequate legal representation. Contact Attorney Jerejian today for a consultation to discuss the options you have available to you. Call today at (201) 489-7714.