Child custody can be among the most contentious issues raised in a divorce. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding child custody. To learn more, call us today to speak with a skilled child custody attorney.
What Factors do Courts Look at When Making Child Custody Determinations?
Courts have significant discretion in making decisions about how to award child custody. These decisions must always be made in accordance with the “best interests of the child,” and there are several factors that a judge will consider. These include each parent’s financial and physical ability to provide for the child’s needs, the interaction and relationship of the child with his or her parents and siblings, the parents ability to agree, communicate, and cooperate in matters relating to the child, the needs of the child, the parent’s employment responsibilities, the stability of the home environment offered by each parent, and any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child.
How can a Lawyer Help in a Child Custody Dispute?
Many parents wonder how exactly an attorney can help in a child custody dispute. Because the court has significant discretion in making child custody determinations, a skilled attorney can have a significant impact on the way your dispute is resolved. Skilled attorneys who understand the way that courts operate can make persuasive arguments and present evidence relating to your ability and fitness as a parent (or evidence of the opposite, as it relates to your child’s other parent) to which a court will be responsive. In addition, an attorney can advise you about how your out-of-court conduct may have a positive or negative effect on the way your dispute is resolved.
Can a Child Custody Order Be Modified?
Child custody orders can be modified if either parent can show a substantial change in circumstances that would justify a modification. Whether a substantial change in circumstances has occurred is a complicated question, so if you are seeking to have your child custody arrangement modified, you should speak to a lawyer to determine whether it may be possible.
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If you are involved in a child custody dispute or believe that one may be on the horizon, you should speak to an experienced New Jersey family law lawyer as soon as you can. Attorney attorneys of Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, PC is qualified to represent you in even the most complicated child custody case. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 732-422-1000 or send us an email through our online contact form.