If you are getting divorced, you may have a lot of questions. Many of these questions may be about child custody. Child custody is often one of the most difficult matters to settle during a divorce. This is because parents often have strong and differing opinions when it comes to what is best for their child. Typically, these matters are addressed by a judge. Read on to learn more.
Will I receive custody?
If you are wondering whether you will recieve custody, it is important to understand how these decisions are made. When a judge makes a custody decision, he or she will consider some of the following factors:
- The parents’ ability to communicate, cooperate, and agree regarding matters of the child
- The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any unwillingness to allow parenting time
- The relationship of the child with their parents and siblings
- Any history of domestic violence
- The safety of the child and the safety of one parent from another
- The preference of the child when of sufficient age
- The child’s needs
- The stability of the home environment
- The quality and continuity of the child’s education
- The fitness of both parents
- The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes
- The parents’ employment responsibilities
Will I lose custody?
It is not often that a parent loses custody. This is becasue, for the most part, New Jersey judges believe a child benefits from having a relationship with both parents and will work to award both parents custody. However, in some cases, a parent will be deemed unfit and he or she will lose custody. This may occur if there is proof of:
- Refusal to co-parent
- Substance abuse
When this happens, the parent will generally have visitation rights, either supervised or unsupervised, depending on the situation.
If you have any questions or concerns about custody in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. We will advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your custody case.
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