New Jersey Child Custody Attorneys
Who retains custody of your children is of paramount concern to both parties. Your children’s welfare should supersede all else. Contact Eileen M. Foley at Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, PC for top rated professional legal counsel when facing a child custody matter.
Child Custody And Divorce
Your love for your children does not end when your relationship with their other parent ends. Even though you and your partner may not share any other aspects in your life, your children and dependents still need a stable environment. They need a place to live and a loving and safe setting to grow. All major decisions regarding healthcare and education must be made for them. A child custody agreement will set the residential custody as well as the parenting time schedules. Let Ms. Foley, who specializes in child custody and divorce, help you negotiate an agreement that places the welfare of your children first. Call us today.
Child Custody Agreements
– Sole or Joint Custody
The State of New Jersey grants custody to parents in one of three categories. Sole custody is where the child lives entirely with one parent, and that parent maintains complete control over all decisions and day-to-day care affecting that child.The second category is joint physical custody. Joint physical custody is where the child spends part of the time with each parent, often splitting the days of the week that they spend at each parent’s home. With joint physical custody, both parents share responsibility in decision making as well as the child’s day-to-day care. The last category is joint legal custody, where the child may physically reside with only one parent, but all major health, education, and welfare decisions must be agreed upon by both parents. The courts determine which category would best serve the needs of the child*. Having a strong advocate and the representation of Eileen M. Foley can help you and the court determine the best custodial agreement.
* if the parents cannot agree.
Factors in Determining Child Custody
– What Does the Judge Consider?
The most important aspect when considering child custody is the welfare of the child. But what exactly does that mean and how else can it be interpreted? Eileen M. Foley at Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, PC can guide you through the process of child custody and explain all the legal repercussions of your actions and financial abilities and how they pertain to your child’s custody. Under New Jersey state law, the courts are allowed to use several factors when determining which parent(s) are awarded custody. These factors include not only the safety of the child, but also items like the parents’ employment responsibilities, the needs of the child, any history of domestic violence, the ability of the parents to communicate and agree on basic decisions, the fitness of each parent, and if the child is old enough to make a logical decision, the preference of the child.
If parents can come to a mutual agreement, the courts will honor their decision (assuming the best interest of the child is upheld in the agreement). If not, having the head of our Family Law Department, Eileen M. Foley aggressively argue on your behalf can make a difference in who is awarded custody. Call Ms. Foley today.