If you have recently lost custody of your child after being deemed unfit to complete your parental duties by a New Jersey court, you may be wondering if it is possible to win back your custody. To learn the best plan of action for a parent such as this, give our experienced family law attorney a call. Continue reading to learn how child custody is determined in New Jersey, what factors may cause a parent to lose custody, and how to regain custody of a child in New Jersey.

If you have any further questions regarding child custody in New Jersey and the decisions made in court, give our firm a call. We would be happy to wall you through the legal process ahead.

How is child custody determined?

New Jersey courts will consider the following factors when making a decision regarding child custody based on the best interest of the child:

  • Each party’s ability to provide stability
  • Whether the parent will act in the child’s best interests
  • The needs of the child
  • The preference of the child if they are of the sufficient age
  • The location and proximity of each parent’s home
  • The physical health and safety of the child
  • The relationship between the child and the parents

What are the reasons a parent would lose child custody for?

There are numerous reasons for a court to decide not to reward custody to a parent. The most common reasons for a parent to lose custody in New Jersey include the following:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Substance abuse
  • Refusal to co-parent

Can I win child custody back?

There is a reason behind the court’s decision to take away your custody. In many cases, this reason may be something that you can address.

For example, this may mean that you take substance abuse courses among other work to prove that you are working on fixing the issue that caused you to lose custody.

This decision does not have to be permanent. With the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, you can work toward your battle to regain custody. Our attorneys will be able to assist you in targeting the issue at hand. We will also help you to file an appeal or request an evaluation. Give us a call today to learn more about this process and how we can help. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out.


If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in Rumson, Monmouth County, or anywhere in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.