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Child Custody in New Jersey: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities

Child custody matters can be one of the most emotionally charged aspects of a divorce. As a parent in New Jersey, it is essential to understand your rights and responsibilities regarding child custody. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of child custody in New Jersey, providing you with valuable information and guidance.

Types of Child Custody

In New Jersey, there are two aspects to child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions regarding the child's health, education, and welfare. Physical custody refers to the child's living arrangements and the time spent with each parent.

Best Interests of the Child

When determining child custody arrangements, New Jersey family Courts are charged with the Doctrine of Parens Patrie, meaning to protect the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child's age, their relationship with each parent, the stability of each parent's home environment, the parties’ ability communicate and cooperate with each other on child-related issues are all statutory factors that are considered. Our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys can help you present a compelling case that highlights your ability to meet your child's best interests.

Custody Options

New Jersey recognizes various custody arrangements. In most cases, parents will share joint legal custody of their children (major decision-making affecting their health, education and welfare) with the physical aspect of custody (day-to-day decision making) resulting in one party named as Parent of Primary Residence and the other party named as Parent of Alternate Residence. There are other variations to custody in New Jersey and you can learn about what custodial arrangement is appropriate in your case by strategizing with our experienced Family Law Attorneys.

Parenting Plans

Developing a comprehensive parenting plan is crucial for child custody cases in New Jersey. A parenting plan outlines how parents will share custody, make important decisions, and handle visitation schedules. Our New Jersey family law firm can assist you in crafting a thorough and effective parenting plan that promotes the best interests of your child while considering your rights as a parent.

Modifying Custody Orders

Life circumstances can change after a custody order is in place. If you believe that a modification is necessary, it is important to understand the criteria for modification in New Jersey. Significant changes in a parent's life or the child's well-being may warrant a modification. Our knowledgeable attorneys can guide you through the process of seeking a custody modification.

Navigating child custody matters in New Jersey can be complex, but understanding your rights and responsibilities is essential. Our New Jersey family law firm is dedicated to protecting your interests and ensuring the best possible outcome for you and your child. Contact the Law Offices of Sylvia S. Costantino to schedule a consultation and gain the expert guidance you need.


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