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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