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 the child custody attorneys from Paone Zaleski & Murphy to discuss your legal needs.
Our Monmouth County child custody lawyers have decades of experience fighting on behalf of families in New Jersey. If you need a legal team you can depend on, you’re in the right place.
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.
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 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.
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:
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 & Murphy to schedule a consultation.