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Understanding Child Custody in New Jersey

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Various factors will play into decisions regarding child custody arrangements, including each parent’s previous relationship with their child, each parent’s work schedules, as well as the child’s educational, medical and psychological needs. Regardless, during this time of increased pressure, parents are faced with hard decisions about their children. However, with the help of an experienced New Jersey family law attorney, Siragusa Law Firm can help you make the best decisions for you and your family. 

What are the different types of child custody in New Jersey?

There are a few different types of custody in New Jersey. Physical custody, also known as residential custody, refers to where the child will spend more nights per week. Depending on the circumstances, some parents may agree that a shared physical custody arrangement may be a good option for them. Legal custody determines which parent is responsible for making decisions regarding medical care, education, and religion on behalf of the child. Even if a parent loses physical custody, a parent might fight for joint legal custody. Lastly, sole custody is when a parent may be deemed unfit, thus, awarding one parent sole custody. The unfit parent may be allowed supervised or unsupervised visitation if permitted by the court. Contact Siragusa Law Firm to discuss your custody arrangement options.

When might a New Jersey court deem a parent unfit?

Courts encourage parents to make decisions regarding child custody arrangements on their own, however, in some circumstances, the court will need to intervene. When the court gets involved in custody arrangements, it may be found that one of the parents is unfit for custody. A parent may be deemed unfit if there is a history of drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, mental disturbance, and/or other issues that can put the child at physical and/or emotional risk. Because a court will prioritize a child’s best interests, the custody arrangements may result in the sole legal and physical custody of one parent.

What are some alternatives to dispute resolution in order to determine child custody?

In some situations, parents may be unable to come to a custody agreement together on their own, but may also not want to be involved in a heated court battle. Mediation and collaborative law allow parents to engage in constructive dispute resolution on their child’s behalf while saving time and money in the process. If you are interested in this type of custody dispute resolution, contact Siragusa Law Firm for a consultation.

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