Many New Jersey parents wrestle with highly emotional child custody disputes. When relationships end, it is common for issues about parenting time and child custody to be among the most contested issues. If you are currently involved in a dispute about the custody and parenting time of your child, it is important for you to understand how the courts tend to make decisions in child custody cases.
In general, courts favor parenting arrangements that provide liberal time for the child to spend with both parents. Judges are guided in their decisions by a standard called the best interests of the child. The law outlines a number of factors that courts consider when determining what is in the best interests of the child at issue. Judges then will issue orders about the legal and physical custody of the child.
In some cases in which it is warranted, a judge may grant one parent sole custody of the child. A court may also order joint custody if the parents ask for it. After you have received you child custody orders, you may later find that changes in your life necessitate a corresponding change in the child custody orders. You can request a modification by filing a motion with the court that has jurisdiction.
At our firm, our attorneys regularly represent clients who are going through heated child custody battles. We understand how emotionally fraught these cases can be for many people, and we take a compassionate approach. In many cases, we are able to reach full agreements with the other parent through careful negotiation. In many cases, people find that they are happier when they have some control over their child custody and parenting time orders by negotiating an agreement. If you have questions about your child custody matter, you might want to review our page on the topic.