Here is What You Need to Know About Child Custody in New Jersey
As you know, child custody is among the most critical divorce-related issues, and if you are a divorcing spouse in New Jersey, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Chatham divorce attorneys to learn more about custody matters, how courts decide on custody, and how our firm can help you and your family through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the two types of child custody in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, there are two primary types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody deals primarily with where your child will live. On the other hand, legal custody refers to your legal authority as a parent to make certain critical decisions on behalf of your child, such as where your child will go to school, the types of medical treatment your child can receive, and the type of religion your child will practice.
How do New Jersey courts determine child custody?
New Jersey courts will consider several different factors when determining child custody, however, the most important factor is your child’s best interests. Though oftentimes, it is in a child’s best interests to have custody jointly split between both parents, if New Jersey courts determine this is not the case, they will most likely award one parent either sole custody or a greater proportion of custody. That being said, for one parent to be awarded sole custody, that parent will have to prove that the other parent is either mentally unstable, has a substance abuse issue, has exposed the child to an incident of domestic abuse, or is otherwise unfit to be a parent or poses a danger to the child in some way.
Can I modify the terms of my custody agreement in New Jersey?
Fortunately, even if you are a parent who was denied custody of your child in the past, you may seek a child custody modification in the future. However, to be awarded a modification, you will have to prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances. So, for example, if you were denied custody on the basis of having a substance abuse issue, as long as you can prove that you have sought the appropriate treatment, have kicked the addiction, and are ready to be a responsible parent and care for your child, you should be awarded a custody modification with the assistance of an experienced attorney. Our New Jersey family law attorneys are here to help you, no matter the circumstances of your situation. All you have to do is give us a call.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you are considering a divorce and need an attorney who can effectively represent you through every step you can count on Lazor Rantas, PC. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey as they navigate divorce and family law matters. To discuss your case with an experienced legal team, contact Lazor Rantas, PC today.