Monmouth County Child Custody Attorney

Representing clients who face contested child custody matters

Child custody is a major factor in a divorce. Though parents work to mitigate the impact the split has on the family, there is a good chance that child custody will have to be addressed. Understandably, child custody can be an emotional topic. Both parents are used to seeing their children every day. The idea that they will have to split their time with the other parent can be overwhelming. Many couples also disagree with the contribution of the other. While one parent may work while the other stays home or both worked, they are entitled to the same rights for custody in court. Just because one parent has established him or herself as the primary caretaker does not mean they have greater rights to a custody arrangement. With this in mind, it is important to have quality legal support through these tough matters. The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly has over 2 decades of experience helping individuals through all divorce matters. We understand how stressful this time can be. If you need our help, please contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is very important. Legal custody is critical to the familial relationship. Legal custody is the right to make the important decisions regarding a child. Issues like a child’s health, education, religion and general welfare are significant matters. The party or parties with legal custody are the ones who get to decide on those matters. Most cases will end in joint legal custody. Joint legal custody is regularly issued because parents, though divorcing, are entitled to make these important decisions unless the court is provided a serious factor to overwhelmingly convince them otherwise.

Physical custody

When a couple litigates the issue of child custody, the judge will decide on physical custody. Simply put, physical custody is the arrangement set forth as to where the child spends more time per week. In the best circumstances, parents can work together to establish a joint physical custody arrangement, but it is rare because of the cooperation needed to sustain this structure. The party awarded physical custody will be the primary caretaker, impacting factors like child support.

Sole Custody

Sole custody is when a parent wins both legal custody and physical custody. If a parent is deemed unfit by the court, sole custody may be issued to the other parent. These cases are rare. For a parent to be considered unfit, a court will have to be overwhelmingly convinced. When this happens, a parent still has visitation rights, but limited. If you lose all custody, it is important to consult with an attorney that can protect your visitation rights and your future ability to become a guardian once again.

Contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly

Child custody is a significant legal matter for divorcing parents. The relationship between a parent and their child is a sacred one. We understand what is at stake in a child custody case. Our firm has over 20 years of experience helping clients through tough times. If you are faced with a child custody case, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.