Losing child custody can have negative impacts on not only you but your child too. Contact our skilled New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about your options. At Siragusa Law Firm, we are committed to fighting for you and your family.
What are the different types of child custody in New Jersey?
There are two kinds of child custody in New Jersey. A parent can be awarded both types, just one, or none. The two types of custody include the following:
- Physical custody: This refers to where the child will stay most of the time. This parent is also accountable for the child and will provide a home, stability, food, clothes, etc. In some instances, custody can be shared equally by both parents or guardians. Physical custody can be split up into sole, joint, or shared.
- Legal custody: A parent who has legal custody will be able to make important decisions on behalf of the child’s life. These can involve academic, social, medical, religious, etc. decisions. One or both parents may have legal custody, and a parent does not have to have physical custody to have legal custody.
How is child custody determined?
The court will always keep the child’s best interests in mind when making their decisions on child custody arrangements. The court will also consider the following:
- Each party’s ability to provide stability
- Whether the parent will act in the child’s best interests
- The relationship between the child and the parent
- The physical health and safety of the child
- The needs of the child
- The location and proximity of each parent’s home
- The preference of the child if they are of sufficient age
Why would a parent lose custody?
There are many reasons why a parent might lose custody of their child. Some of the most common include:
- Refusal to co-parent
- Substance abuse
How can I get custody back?
If a court finds that you are unable to contribute positively to your child’s life, you may lose custody. You may be considered “unfit” to parent your child for many reasons. However, sometimes the reason for losing custody is an issue that can be worked on and fixed. For instance, if you lost child custody because you suffer from a substance abuse issue, you can seek treatment and take courses to help you get rid of this issue. You may then be able to prove to the court that you are capable of parenting your child again.
If you have lost custody of your child for whatever reason, do not hesitate to contact our qualified law firm today to discuss your options. We are dedicated to protecting you and your child’s best interests.
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