Ocean County Child Custody Attorneys
Child Custody, Visitation & Parenting Plans in New Jersey
At New Jersey Family Law Group in Toms River, we strive to help you and your spouse find creative, fair, and flexible solutions that work best for your family. Our Ocean County child custody lawyers know that your children’s wellbeing is at the forefront of your mind, which is why their best interests are paramount to us as well.
Our Ocean County child custody attorneys can help you understand your various options and work with you to find a customized solution that fits your family’s needs. If you are seeking assistance with any divorce and family law matter, such as child custody, visitation, or creating a parenting plan, our child visitation lawyer is here to help.
Contact New Jersey Family Law Group for a consultation with an Ocean County child custody lawyer.
What Are the Types of Child Custody in New Jersey?
At New Jersey Family Law Group, our Toms River child custody lawyers 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 2 different types of child custody:
- Legal Custody: Refers to any decision made about a child’s education, religion, and health care.
- Physical Custody: Refers to where a child spends their time.
An Ocean County child custody attorney from our firm can help with any issue, including:
- Out-of-state relocation
- Legal guardianship
- Modifications to Child Custody Arrangements
- Child Visitation/ Parenting Time
- Parental Alienation
How Is Child Custody Decided in New Jersey?
The New Jersey court uses several factors to decide the best possible scenario for the custody of children. The courts will always do what is in the child’s “best interests.”
Some factors of consideration are:
- 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 on important decisions regarding their children. 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 designated time each parent will spend with the child. It includes the parent’s day-today activities, vacations, holidays, and other significant events. The schedule should always be made with the child’s needs first: emotional, mental, social, and physical. It may be helpful to have the schedule laid out in a calendar so each parent can see when it is their time to spend with the child.
Contact an Ocean County Child Custody Attorney
Our Ocean County, NJ child custody attorneys 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 Ocean County, turn to New Jersey Family Law Group.