Monmouth County Child Custody Attorneys
Child Custody Law Firm Serving New Jersey
When a couple with children gets divorced, they will have an added set of issues to confront. These are often some of the most difficult and emotional matters that an individual will ever have to face. Child custody is a life-changing decision that can put a tremendous strain on a relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent. It is very overwhelming for some parents to comprehend that they will not see their child every day. When parents go head to head on the matter, a judge may have to make the final decision on custody for them. With a legal matter that puts so much on the line, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney. Contact Paone Zaleski & Murray to discuss your legal needs.
Physical Custody in New Jersey
The party that has the child the majority of the time has physical custody, also referred to as residential custody. When a parent is granted physical custody, they are considered the custodial parent subject to the parenting time rights of the noncustodial parent.
Joint Physical Custody in New Jersey
Parties who are able to work together in the best interests of their child sometimes elect to equally divide parenting time. This is commonly known as joint physical custody.
Legal Custody in New Jersey
Legal custody allows a parent to make important decisions regarding the child’s health, education, and welfare. Legal custody is usually granted to both parents regardless of who has physical custody. In rare cases, one parent could be awarded sole legal custody. Sole legal custody is typically granted when one party is incapable of working together with the other parent to make decisions in the best interests of the child. Even though a parent may not have legal custody, he or she still may be entitled to appropriate parenting time with the child.
Factors Considered in Child Custody
The court will take a wide variety of factors into consideration when it comes time to determine custody. The judge will always act in the best interest of the child. Some of the factors the court will consider include:
- The parents’ willingness to accept custody
- The relationship between the child and each parent
- Any history of domestic abuse
- The child’s needs
- The safety of the child
- The fitness of the parents
- The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes
- The preference of the child when of sufficient age
- The stability of a home life that each parent can provide
- The ability of the parent to act in the child’s best interests
Contact an experienced Monmouth County child custody attorney
When a divorcing parent is faced with child custody, they need the guidance of a compassionate, experienced, and skilled attorney. Child custody is one of the most significant legal matters our clients face. Strong legal representation can make a world of difference in a custody case. Contact Paone Zaleski & Murray to schedule a consultation.