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New Jersey Child Custody Guidelines

Family law attorneys work with couples to develop effective custody arrangements

When a couple divorces, they may argue about how their property should be divided or who gets to keep the family home. But, for the most part, no topic is more contentious than that of custody of the couple’s children. The family law attorneys at Lomurro Law understand how emotional and difficult it can be for parents to address child custody and they work with couples to develop mutually agreeable child custody arrangements.

Different types of child custody

Although you may think of child custody only in terms of who the child lives with, there are in fact two different types of child custody:

How is custody determined by the court?

In New Jersey, like in other states, the courts assume that children will be healthiest and happiest when they have regular, ongoing contact with both parents after the parents divorce. However, the courts are guided by what is in the best interests of the child and they consider several factors in determining a child custody order including – but not limited to – the following:

Grandparents’ rights

In New Jersey, grandparents --and other individuals who are close to the child -- may ask the court for an order of visitation. This is referred to as “grandparenting time” and may be granted even if the child’s parents object to the visitation, providing the court believes it is in the child’s best interests.

Understand your parenting rights

When you and your spouse are divorcing, it is critical that you understand your parenting rights under New Jersey law. It is also beneficial if you and your spouse can develop your own parenting time schedule that will be subject to approval by the court. The compassionate New Jersey family lawyers at Lomurro Law are experienced and knowledgeable in all facets of child custody laws and they work with families to find agreeable solutions to child custody issues. Contact a member of our team today at 732-414-0300 or online to arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss your case. Our firm serves all of Monmouth County, including Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold Township, and Wall Township