Child Custody Attorneys Serve Central New Jersey and the Surrounding Area
Child custody disputes need an experienced attorney
When a relationship ends, the welfare of the children is a top concern. Where will they live? When will they get to see the other parent? Who will pay child support to meet their continuing needs? At Borrus, Foley, Goldin, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. we help our clients work towards workable solutions that are in the best interests of the child.
To speak to Eileen M. Foley, head of the Family Law department, about issues of child support, child custody or parenting time, please contact Borrus, Foley, Goldin, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. in North Brunswick.
NJ family law courts consider several key factors when determining custody
New Jersey law outlines factors a court should consider when determining child custody. Under N.J.S.A. 9:2-4(c), courts are allowed to award custody based on:
- The interaction and relationship of the child with parents and siblings
- A history of domestic violence, if any
- The safety of the child
- The parents’ employment responsibilities
- The needs of the child
- The ability of the parents to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters related to the child
- The preference of the child, if he or she is old enough to form an intelligent decision
- The fitness of the parents
There are a number of other factors a court may also consider, and its ultimate decision must be based on “the best interests of the child.” However, courts are encouraged to honor decisions and mutual agreements between parents about how custody should be divided.
Child custody falls into several categories
Child custody arrangements in the Garden State and elsewhere fall into several broad categories. A parent can be awarded either:
- Sole custody ― Under this form of custody, one parent alone has physical custody of the child and is responsible for both major decisions and day-to-day care.
- Joint legal custody ― Although one parent may have primary physical custody of a child, joint legal custody requires that both parents share in the major decisions affecting a child’s health, education and welfare.
- Joint physical custody ― Under joint physical custody, parents share both the decision-making responsibilities as well as the daily tasks. A child often splits time during a week with one parent and the other.
Courts determine such arrangements based on the best interests of the child, and can greatly affect other aspects of divorce, such as child support requirements. We can advocate for you, giving you a strong voice during custody negotiations.
NJ lawyers with the approach your custody case needs
In divorce and child custody cases in particular, the adversarial process has increased tensions between the parties that do not abate even when the process is complete. Our attorneys approach family law matters with knowledge, experience and an aggressive and proactive style, but we also believe in reasonableness and cooperation, and we adjust our representation to suit the needs of any particular client.
Contact our firm to learn more about child custody in New Jersey
Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. is dedicated to protecting our clients and their children. If you need legal assistance, please contact us today at our office in North Brunswick by calling 732-422-1000 or going online.