Will You Get Custody of Your Child in New Jersey?

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If you are concerned about having custody of your child, please read on, then contact an experienced Bergen County, New Jersey child custody lawyer to learn if you will get custody of your child in New Jersey.

Can one parent get full custody of their child in New Jersey?

The Garden State abandoned the traditional terms of custody in favor of parental responsibility. New Jersey’s custody laws favor both parents remaining active in their children’s lives. Therefore, courts prefer to see parenting plans and time-sharing plans that provide equal access for the child with each parent. So, barring extreme circumstances, you will most likely get partial custody of your child.

What determines child custody in New Jersey?

As alluded to above, the parents’ genders will not be factored into the determination of custody. Instead, the Family Court will consider the following factors:

  • The parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child
  • The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time, which is not based on substantiated abuse
  • The interaction and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent
  • The child’s preference, when the child has the intellectual capacity to make an intelligent decision
  • The child’s needs
  • The stability of the home environment offered by the parents
  • The quality and continuity of the child’s education
  • The parents’ fitness to exercise custody
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes
  • The extent and quality of the time spent with the child before or after the separation
  • The parents’ employment responsibilities
  • The age and number of the children

Regardless of whether or not you think these factors favor you, you should reach out to a skilled Bergen County, New Jersey family law attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a Bergen County family law attorney help you?

In many cases, divorcing parents can agree on a custody agreement that serves their child’s best interests. However, that is often not the case and the Family Court will have to determine a child custody agreement on the child’s behalf. Having a qualified legal representative on your side can help you preserve your child’s best interests, which includes you being an active supporter. The Family Court aims for equitability but, given the vast quantity of cases it handles, mistakes are not uncommon. Our firm will provide the necessary evidence so that those mistakes are minimized or eliminated. Please give us a call today, so we can start fighting for you.

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