New Jersey Child Custody Lawyers
Committed to New Jersey children and families for more than 50 years combined
Child custody is one of the more contentious issues in a divorce proceeding. In matters pertaining to their children, parents can become overly protective and emotional. New Jersey law provides guidance to the courts in making determinations regarding child custody; understanding how this evaluation is made, the custody options available to parents, and your rights as a parent is important when addressing child custody matters. New Jersey child custody lawyers at Lomurro Law in Monmouth County skillfully negotiate child custody arrangements which satisfy the needs of the child, parents, and New Jersey courts.
How is child custody determined?
New Jersey, like all other states, believes it is in the best interests of the child to have regular, ongoing contact with both parents after the parents divorce. Realizing that all familial situations are different, the New Jersey courts consider several factors when making decisions regarding child custody, but are guided primarily by what is presumed to be in the best interests of the child. When parents are requesting joint custody, the court will evaluate whether the parents communicate effectively, if they are cooperative with one another, and their capacity to find agreement in matters pertaining to their child or children. Additional factors considered by the New Jersey courts include but are not limited to the following:
Child’s preference if child is 12 years of age or older
Child’s relationship with the parents and siblings
Work responsibilities of both parents
Competency of the parents
Whether there is a history of domestic violence
New Jersey law gives guidance to the courts regarding factors that should be considered but the child’s physical and emotional well-being are first and foremost in any child custody decision.
Types of custody available in New Jersey
New Jersey offers three types of child custody: joint custody, sole custody, and alternative custody arrangements. Specifically:
Joint custody: under joint custody arrangements, the child resides with one parent or alternates time between both parents. Parents make joint decisions regarding the child’s medical care and education
Sole custody: under sole custody arrangements, the child resides with one parent and spends an amount of time that is deemed appropriate with the non-custodial parent
Alternative custody: the court may assign another type of custody arrangement providing it believes the arrangement is in the best interests of the child
Contact our experienced New Jersey child custody attorneys to answer all your questions
The experienced New Jersey family lawyers at Lomurro Law skillfully negotiate child custody arrangements to serve the best interests of the child and support appropriate parenting time for both parents. Battles over child custody can be contentious and difficult; let us fight on your behalf for the best possible child custody arrangement in your divorce. Our team serves all of Monmouth County, including Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Freehold Township, Long Branch, and Wall Township. Contact our office today at 732-414-0300 or online to arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss situation.