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Child Custody FAQs

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.

Call 732-422-1000 today for a consultation.

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.


The Impact Child Custody Can Have on Your Family

Getting a divorce often has a significant impact on every aspect of your life. This is particularly true for couples who have children, who can also be substantially affected by a divorce. One of the most important factors in determining how a family will be affected by a divorce is the child custody arrangement that is put in place after the dissolution is finalized. A child custody order will determine issues regarding decision-making authority regarding important issues as to how a child is raised and determine the amount of time each parent can spend with the child.

There are a number of ways that a child custody arrangement can affect your family, including the following:

  • Determine which parent the child lives with
  • Significantly reduce one parent’s access to his or her child
  • Prevent one parent from moving or exploring professional opportunities in other geographic areas
  • Keep parents in contact with one another when they would otherwise end their relationship
  • Expose children to stressful situations due to the issues in their parent’s relationship

A New Jersey Family Law Attorney Can Have a Significant Impact on the Outcome of Your Child Custody Dispute

New Jersey has significant discretion when making child custody decisions and make these decisions in accordance with what they believe is in the best interests of the child. When determining the best interests of the child, courts look to a number of factors, including the safety of the child, the child’s preferences (in some cases), the proximity of the parents’ homes to one another, whether there is any history of domestic violence, the parents’ ability to communicate and agree in regard to matters related to the child, and many others. Importantly, courts are also allowed to consider any other factor related to the best interests of the child, which functionally means that a judge can consider anything that he or she wants to consider. For this reason, it is critical for anyone involved in child custody dispute to retain an attorney. A skilled lawyer will be able to compile and present evidence in support of your custody goals, either by establishing your qualifications as a parent or disputing those of your child’s other parent.

Call 732-422-1000 today for a consultation.

If you are involved in a child custody dispute or believe that one may be around the corner, you should speak to a child custody lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with attorneys, call Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, PC today at 732-422-1000.