What You Need to Know About Child Custody in New Jersey

Splitting up with the parent of your child is never easy. One of the biggest concerns of any divorce involving children is custody arrangements. When it comes to child custody, all decisions will be made to prioritize your child. If you are going through a divorce and would like to learn more about child custody and your options, reach out to one of our New Jersey family law attorneys. At The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly, we understand what you are going through and we empathize with you. Call us today and set up a free consultation. Below are some questions you may have regarding child custody in New Jersey:

How does child custody work in New Jersey?

There are multiple types of custody that the courts recognize in New Jersey. Physical custody is where the child will spend their time. Legal custody determines which parent is responsible for making decisions regarding medical care, education, and religion, on behalf of the child. If both parents can agree on a split custody arrangement, each parent will obtain joint custody. Sole custody may be awarded by the court if only one parent is able to care for the child, although the other parent may have the potential for visitation with the other parent. Custody arrangements whether determined by the court or parents will consider the child’s best interests above all.

When will a court deem a parent unfit?

A court may award sole custody if it is determined that the other parent is unfit. If a child’s arrangement with their parent is harmful to the child’s well-being, a court will deem that parent unfit. Examples of circumstances where a parent may be found unfit are if the parent has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, a history of domestic violence, mental disturbance, and/or other issues that can put the child at physical and/or emotional risk.

Can a child custody arrangement be modified?

If the circumstances in which the custody arrangements were altered in the first place have improved so much as to prove to the court that you are fit enough to gain custody of your child, then yes. It is important to keep in mind that any changes must be reviewed and approved by the court along with proof of intent for the best interests of the child. If you have questions or concerns regarding modifications in your own child custody arrangements, contact our firm today.

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Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.