What factors are considered in determining custody?

When parents get divorced, one of the issues that must be addressed is custody. Custody is often one of the most emotional decisions that must be made in a divorce. Parents are used to seeing their children every day and the idea that this may change can be devastating. New Jersey courts will always make a custody decision based upon what is in the best interests of the child. Of course, there are a lot of factors that must go into determining what the best interest is.

When making a decision about custody, the court will look at factors related to the child and factors related to each parent. Some of the factors about the child include:

  • The safety of the child
  • The child’s needs
  • The child’s preference if mature enough to decide

Some of the factors about the parent include:

  • The relationship between the parent and the child
  • Whether the parent is willing to accept custody
  • The age and health of the parent
  • Where the parent resides in proximity to the other
  • The ability to provide a stable home life
  • The ability to act in the best interests of the child
  • The financial status of the parent
  • The parent’s history of domestic abuse, if any
  • The parent’s history of substance abuse, if any

It is important for a court to carefully consider each of these matters. If at some point down the road a custody arrangement needs to be changed, the parent who is requesting the change must do so in court. If you need legal assistance with a custody matter, contact our firm today.

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