When New Jersey judges deny child custody to parents, they base their decisions on the best interests of the children. Although the loss of child custody naturally distresses parents, it does not have to be the final word on the subject. A parent can take action and potentially regain custody.

Self-reflection begins the process. A parent should take an honest look at why a court chose not to award custody. Accusations of child abuse or neglect, even when false, could prompt a judge to withhold custody. The violation of a court order might cause a court to withhold access to children. After identifying the reason, a parent can take steps to correct the problem. Sometimes a court specifies what a person needs to do before requesting custody again. These contingencies could be drug or alcohol treatment, counseling or parenting classes. The person should strive to fulfill any requirement imposed by a court.

While trying to comply with requirements, a person can ask the court to schedule an in-home child custody evaluation. This assessment could produce documentation that a home has become acceptable for children. To regain a court’s favor, a person must keep all appointments and comply with all orders during the evaluation process.

A person who wants to obtain child custody could benefit from the representation of a family law attorney. Legal guidance could inform a person about how to follow court orders and complete contingencies. An attorney could also file the correct court petitions to initiate the process and collect records about income to show a person’s ability to provide for children. The efforts of an attorney might effectively communicate the client’s fitness as a parent and obtain a positive decision from a judge.