Child custody is typically referred to in terms of physical custody, which addresses where the children will primarily reside, and legal custody, which addresses who will be making major life decisions on behalf of the child. Legal custody is typically joint child custody, unless the court has strong reason to award sole custody. Having joint legal custody means you will participate in decisions affecting the child, including those involving health, religion, education, etc. Physical custody is typically decided based on a large number of factors and on the best interests of the child. Some factors a court may consider include parental access for the child, geographic location, education and schools, proximity to friends and family, etc.
New Jersey courts recognize the important role parents play in the lives of their children. Accordingly, the term “parenting time”, which emphasizes the quality, not just the quantity, is generally used in favor of the generic “visitation.”
Cases involving children who are on the autism spectrum or have other special needs must be handled with extreme care, as the stakes are high for both the child and his or her primary caregiver. Parents of special needs children should consult a family law attorney with experience and in-depth knowledge of the unique considerations that must be taken into account when determining arrangements for child custody and child support.
Our skilled child custody lawyers can assist you in making decisions and provide you with information about child custody. We will be strong advocates and aggressively pursue your goals regarding child custody in negotiations or court if necessary.
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New Jersey Child Support Advice
In addition to handling New Jersey child custody matters, we also are positioned to advise you about child support. Child support is typically governed by the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. We can help you understand the child support guidelines, as well as any factors that may warrant an adjustment under the child support guidelines.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Family Law and Divorce Lawyer at Lyons & Associates
To obtain the information you need and advice you want, or to discuss the particulars of your situation, please schedule a confidential consultation with New Jersey child custody lawyer, Terry Lyons or one of our experienced New Jersey divorce lawyers by calling (908) 575-9777, or contact us online. We provide personal attention for your personal matters.
Lyons & Associates serves the entire State of New Jersey, including Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Bridgewater, Chatham, Madison, Mendham, Morris Plains, Morristown, Parsippany, Randolph, Rockaway, Short Hills, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge including Morris County, Somerset County and Union County.