How Does Child Custody Work in New Jersey?

There are few matters more important to parents than child custody when they get divorced. Child custody is a complex issue, and if you are a parent going through the divorce process, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Red Bank family law attorney to learn more about child custody and how our firm can help you through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the different types of child custody in New Jersey?

The two types of child custody in New Jersey are physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody deals primarily with where a child will live, while legal custody refers to a parent’s legal authority to make certain critical decisions on behalf of their child. Some of those decisions include where the child goes to school, the type of medical treatments a child can receive, the religion the child practices, and more.

How do New Jersey courts determine child custody?

New Jersey courts consider various factors when determining child custody, though their primary concern is the child’s well-being. Though in most cases, they would prefer to split custody evenly between parents, if they determine that doing so would not be in your child’s best interests, they most likely will award one parent sole custody. Generally, sole custody is only awarded when one parent proves him or herself to be parentally unfit, either by having a substance abuse issue, committing an act of domestic violence, or committing another act of that nature.

Can I change my child custody agreement in New Jersey?

Oftentimes, after New Jersey courts decide on an initial custody agreement, in the months or years following, parents will wish to modify that agreement to better reflect their current situation in life. So, for example, if you were initially denied child custody on the basis of having a substance abuse issue, though you can prove that you have received treatment or otherwise corrected the issue and you are now ready to be there for your child full-time, you may request a modification. If you are someone who wishes to modify your initial custody agreement, or you find yourself anywhere in the divorce process, pick up the phone and give our experienced Red Bank family law attorney a call today. Our firm is here to help.

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