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Toms River Child Custody Attorney

Assisting with Child Custody, Visitation and Parenting Plans

Parent with custodyAt Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Divorce Group, we strive to help you and your spouse find creative, fair, and flexible solutions that work best for your family. We know that your children’s well being is at the forefront of your mind, which is why their best interests are paramount to us as well.

We can help you understand your various options and work with you to find a customized solution that fits your family’s needs. Whether you are seeking assistance with child custody, visitation, or creating a parenting plan, our skilled team of custody lawyers are here to help.

Contact Stolfe Zeigler (732) 585-1651 for a consultation with a Toms River child custody lawyer.

What are the Types of Child Custody in New Jersey?

At Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group, we strive to help families find alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, when working towards a child custody agreement. However, we understand that sometimes this isn’t possible. In these instances, we will tirelessly pursue the custody and parenting schedules that work best for our client and their children.

In New Jersey, there are two different types of child custody:

  • Legal custody refers to any decision made about a child’s education, religion, and health care.
  • Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to where the child will live.

Video: Is there a difference between joint physical custody and joint legal custody in New Jersey?

A Toms River child custody lawyer from our firm can help with any aspect of child custody, including:

How Is Child Custody Decided in NJ?

Several factors are used to decide the best possible scenario for the custody of children in New Jersey. The courts will always explore what is considered in the child’s “best interests.” This considers the child’s wishes, of course, but also the scenarios that will help the child thrive.

Some of the factors that will be considered:

  • The child’s interaction with parents (and siblings, if any)
  • The child’s current home environment
  • The parents’ ability to parent and provide
  • Each parent’s financial readiness
  • The child’s geographic location
  • The child’s preferences on which parent they prefer to live with, what school they would like to attend, etc.

For parents seeking joint custody, the courts will take into account the parents’ ability to amicably make decisions and communicate with regards to how their child will be raised. Domestic violence issues may also play a factor. If a parent has shown to have a history of domestic violence, the courts may choose supervised visits with the child in the interest of safety.

Creating a Parenting Time Schedule

The parenting time schedule includes details of the parent spending time with child designated time each parent has to spend with the child. It includes the parent's day-to-day activities, vacations, holidays, and other significant events. The schedule should always be made with the child's needs first--what is needed emotionally, mentally, socially, and physically. It may be helpful to have the schedule laid out in a calendar so that each parent can see when it is their time to spend with the child.

Contact a Toms river Child Custody Attorney

We understand that issues with child custody can be highly-charged and emotional for everyone involved. Divorce is already a complex and emotionally fraught situation—adding children into the equation makes the process that much more complicated. That’s why we go above and beyond to provide compassionate guidance and assertive representation you can rely on. When you need a child custody lawyer in Toms River, turn to Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group.

Call (732) 585-1651 to schedule a consultation with a Toms River child custody lawyer.

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  • Securing Fair Solutions Through Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Over 65 Years of Combined Legal Experience in Both Divorce Litigation And Family Law Mediation


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