Sometimes, a New Jersey court will deem a parent unfit and this parent will lose custody. Every situation is different, and in many cases, you may still have visitation rights and a relationship with your child. Read on to learn more about earning back custody of your child in the state of New Jersey.
How is Custody Determined
Some couples determine custody through mediation, but many couples turn to the court. When it comes to custody, it is easy to have strong opinions, as both parents feel that they know what is best for their child. In this case, a New Jersey court will determine a custody arrangement. Some of the factors that will be considered include:
- The stability that each parent can provide the child
- Whether the parent will act in the child’s best interest
- The relationship between the child and parent
- The parent’s history of domestic abuse and substance abuse
- The safety of the child
- The child’s preference if they are of sufficient age
Why Do Parents Lose Custody
In some cases, a parent will be deemed unfit and will not be awarded custody. Other times, a parent will have custody and subsequently lose it. The main reasons a parent will lose custody include:
- Substance abuse
- Refusal to co-parent
- Refusal to follow court orders
Can You Get Custody Back?
Losing custody can be a difficult time for a family, but it does not have to be permanent. The New Jersey court believes that a child benefits from having a relationship with both parents and will work to make that happen. If you have lost custody, it is for a reason. You will need to address this reason. For example, if you lost custody due to substance abuse, you may be able to partake in a program to help you get back on track. It is important to be patient, as winning back custody is not something that happens overnight. Additionally, you will want to enlist the help of a skilled family law attorney who can walk you through the process.
If you have lost custody of your child and you would like to work to win it back, contact our firm today. We are here to act as your advocate and walk you through all of your family law matters.
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