Child Custody in NJ Determined by Courts

Child Custody Battles in CourtWorking through a separation or divorce is difficult enough on its own. Determining child custody following a split can be a confusing, complex (and stressful) process. Thankfully, hiring an experienced child custody lawyer at Villani & DeLuca P.C. will help bridge the gap between confusion and understanding. Read on for more information about how child custody in NJ is determined by courts:

Joint Custody Encouraged

Many New Jersey family courts will suggest a joint custody agreement as the first approach or preferred option. If this is not possible, the courts will work to establish the best placement option and outline the specifics of the arrangement. If you and your former partner can agree, consider working with your child custody lawyers to establish joint custody.

Both parents should remain actively involved in a child or children’s lives; making a joint custody agreement successful. This includes open, regular communication, being flexible and presenting a united front with children. According to N.J.S.A. 9:2-4, both parents are deemed to be equally responsible for the care, education and maintenance of the children.

Reasons for Sole Custody Agreements

Sole custody agreements are another option, and are not only suggested for certain cases like those involving domestic violence. Or for example, one parent may live much farther away, travel regularly for work, or work irregular hours. In each case, short-term visits may be more practical and preferable for all parties involved.

Standing with an experienced custody and divorce lawyer can make the difference between seeing your children once in a while, every other weekend or all the time. Work with us to improve your chances of obtaining the custody agreement that you feel is best for your children.

Determining Custody or Making Alternative Arrangements

NJ courts determine custody agreements on a case-by-case basis, with the information on file as well as presented in court by the lawyers. According to the state’s Department of Human Services, the courts may look at the following to determine the custody agreement:

• The child’s preferences (if over 12 years of age) or needs
• Age and number of children in the relationship
• The child’s relationship with each parent and siblings
• Each parent’s willingness to accept arrangements, communicate, and collaborate
• Geographical location of each parents’ homes and stability of the environment

Hiring the Right Child Custody Lawyers

Are you afraid that your ex-partner may win partial custody, or are wondering how to make joint custody work? Are you concerned about receiving the right amount of child support? The NJ family law firm of Villani & DeLuca P.C. has seven lawyers with over 100 years of combined experience. If you are going through a separation or divorce and are seeking partial or joint custody, choose Villani & DeLuca. Our legal team will work with you on an individual basis to understand and advise on all areas of the case, and then serve as your knowledgeable in-court representation to fight for the results you want. To learn more or to have a free initial consultation, call 888-389-9533 or simply contact us online.