Flemington Child Custody Lawyer
When you have children, it’s crucial to consider resolving your outstanding issues in the divorce as quickly as possible. Even if you try to hide it, children are perceptive. A lengthy heated divorce battle is no good for anyone. It can take a toll on your children, both mentally and emotionally. It can also affect your co-parenting relationship. However, before you can finalize your New Jersey divorce, you must work out all your issues, including child support. Many parties struggle to reach an agreement, which is why you need a strong Flemington child custody lawyer on your side.
With nearly three decades of experience helping New Jersey clients, Flemington child custody lawyer Katherine K. Wagner can assist you and your family work toward resolving your child custody issues. We ensure our clients are well-versed in the different types of child custody and the considerations in each arrangement. We will work with opposing counsel to negotiate a divorce settlement that will satisfy both you and your spouse if possible. If we cannot reach an agreement, we will protect your rights and fight for you in court.
Types of New Jersey Child Custody
No one type of child custody works well for every situation. That’s why a child custody agreement should be well-tailored and individualized for the family in question. Under New Jersey law, there are several types of child custody. They include:
- Legal Custody
- Sole Legal Custody
- Joint Legal Custody
- Physical Custody
- Sole Physical Custody
- Joint Physical Custody
Legal custody refers to each parent’s right to make important decisions on behalf of their children. For example, you can make decisions on education, healthcare, religion, etc. The courts prefer to award joint legal custody whenever possible as they want both parents to have a say in the child’s upbringing.
Physical custody is the other type of custody, which refers to where the child will live and spend more of their time. One parent may be awarded sole physical custody while the other parent is awarded visitation and parenting time rights. Or, the court might decide to award joint physical custody, which means the child would spend nearly equal time living at each parent’s house.
Other issues that are part of a child custody case or a modification hearing include parental relocation, fathers’ rights, and child support.
How New Jersey Courts Decide Child Custody
In most New Jersey child custody cases, the court will designate one parent, the Parent of Primary Residence (PPR). The children will primarily live with this parent. Your ex will be the Parent of Alternate Residence (PAR), and the court will set up an agreed amount of parenting time. Both parents might be sharing joint legal custody, which means you and your ex have an equal say in these significant decisions.
When deciding child custody, the court will always look at what’s best for your children. They also look at a set of questions to help them determine what custody arrangement is best. The court might look at the stability of their current home, each parent’s fitness, the willingness of each parent to agree, cooperate, and communicate, and much more.
Contact a Flemington Child Custody Lawyer
If you need assistance with a child custody matter in New Jersey, let us help. Contact Katherine K. Wagner, Attorney at Law, to schedule an initial consultation. Let us put our years of experience to work for you and your family. We understand how important it is for you to spend as much time as possible with your children, and we’ll fight tirelessly to help you achieve the custody decision you’re hoping for.