How Does New Jersey Family Court Decide Custody?

New Jersey parenting plans are designed to make life easier for the children involved. Child custody can be established by a judge if parents can’t agree, but it is always best if parents work together on the details. When parents agree on a child custody calendar, New Jersey family courts will honor their parenting plan unless it is not in the child’s best interest.

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NJ S.A. 9:2-4(c) explains that courts have to consider several factors when deciding custody of a child in New Jersey, including (but not limited to):

  • Amount of quality time parents spent with child(ren) before and since separating
  • Continuity of quality education for the child(ren)
  • History of violence, danger, or conduct either affecting the safety of the child(ren) or parents, or having some other substantially detrimental effect
  • Number of children and their ages, preferences, needs, and best interests
  • Parents’ fitness, ability to coparent, and willingness to accept and allow custody
  • Parent’s work responsibilities
  • Relationships and interactions between parents, child(ren), and other family
  • Stability and locations of parents’ homes

Failure to adhere to child custody arrangements that you’ve agreed to can have serious repercussions for you in family court. Interfering with your ex’s parenting time accidentally or on purpose might lead a judge to reward you with sanctions and limited custody, or by holding you in contempt. Once in place, the family court generally won’t disturb a custody agreement unless a parent files a motion and provides clear proof of some substantial and material change of circumstances.

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You need an experienced child custody attorney working with you from the beginning if you are going through a divorce, or struggling to figure out how to get custody of a child in New Jersey. Contact our efficient and intelligent family lawyers at the Law Offices of Jef Henninger by calling 1-855-9-JEFLAW. We are not pro bono child custody lawyers, but we’re available for you at any time, day or night, for a free initial consultation.

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Posted on July 6, 2018, in Child Custody Law, Custody Problems, FAQ, Practice Areas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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