There is no single approach to child custody arrangements. Various factors play into these decisions, and they are all for the best interests of the child. It is crucial that these matters are resolved quickly and by knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorneys. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is committed to guiding you toward the best possible outcome for you and your family. Contact us today to get started.
What are the different types of child custody in New Jersey?
There are different types of child custody that will be addressed in court, and it is important to be able to differentiate them. The first, physical custody is where the child will primarily live. In this case, the child will be assigned to the “custodial” parent and is subject to parenting time rights of the noncustodial parent. However, in some circumstances, parents will choose to split their time equally, known as joint physical custody.
The next type of custody, and arguably the more significant factor for parents, is legal custody. Legal custody refers to the right of the parents to make important decisions in their child’s life like educational, religious, medical, and social issues. A parent who does not have physical custody may want to fight for joint legal custody to foster their relationship with their child.
Lastly, sole custody can be awarded when one parent is unable to provide care in the best interests of their child. In this case, there are many factors that play into granting one custodial parent sole legal and physical custody, for example, if a parent is deemed unfit.
When might a court deem a parent unfit?
Parents are encouraged by the court to assemble their own parenting time schedule if possible. However, in some cases, a court may have to make the decisions, which can also result in a sole custody arrangement if the court finds one parent unfit. A court may deem a parent unfit if there is a history of drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, mental disturbance, or other issues that can put the child at physical and/or emotional risk.
What other child custody dispute resolution options do parents have?
Instead of parents working through their child’s custody arrangement or a court making their decisions for them, parents have the option of mediation. The mediation process can help parents through complex and sensitive issues. This process will use a mediator to navigate through these disputes and can save parents more time and money in relation to going to court. If you have questions or concerns regarding child custody, we encourage you to contact the Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation.
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