Moorestown Child Custody Lawyers
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Child custody is arguably the most sensitive issue in family law. The possibility of not being able to see your child every day can be frightening for parents, which is why child custody disputes are often hotly contested. In addition to the overwhelming emotions associated with child custody matters, the legal process can also present complications which can you vulnerable to pitfalls which can be detrimental to your case.
If you are involved in a highly disputed child custody case, our Moorestown family law attorneys at Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Divorce Group can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. We are committed to making sure you are able to raise your child in a healthy and loving environment. Do not hesitate to let us help you get the best results possible.
Child Custody Laws in New Jersey
There are two main types of custody to be determined in every child custody case: legal and physical custody. Legal custody involves making educational, medical, religious, and other life decisions on behalf of the minor child, while physical custody entails where the child will live.
In most cases, both parents are given joint legal custody of their child, which means they have an equal right to make decisions based on the child’s welfare. On the other hand, there are various arrangements for physical custody, such as the following:
- Sole physical custody – When the child’s primary residence is with one parent, while the other is given parenting time and visitation.
- Shared physical custody – Although the child’s primary residence is with one parent, the other parent’s home is an alternate residence for the child. Division of visitation time depends on the parenting schedule.
- Joint physical custody – When the child lives with both parents equally.
To determine custody and visitation arrangements, New Jersey family law judges make their decisions based on “the best interests of the child.” According to state law, the child’s best interests are to have a close and constant relationship with both parents.
The following are several factors when it comes to the best interests of the child:
- The parents’ relationship with one another
- The child’s relationship with both parents
- The age and gender of the child
- Each parent’s willingness to accept and adhere to the child custody arrangements
- Each parent’s general fitness to provide care for the child
- The location of each parent’s residence
- The size of the family unit
- The child’s wishes (if the child is over 12 years of age)
- The stability of the home environment
- Special needs of the child
- Any history of domestic abuse, drug use, or other criminal activity
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Our Moorestown family lawyers can take the time to thoroughly review your case, listen to your needs, and determine all your available legal options in order to resolve the matter with your goals in mind. We understand that every family situation is unique, which is why we offer personalized and compassionate legal solutions for our clients.
Contact us at (732) 585-1651 and schedule a consultation for more information today.