How does a family court decide custody?
Can we change custody or visitation arrangements?
How do I find the right custody attorney in NJ?
The Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq. fields a successful team of hardworking New Jersey family court pros. Our child custody lawyers know the ins and outs of the NJ family court system, and will deploy the best strategies in order to get your family back on track. Call us at 1-855-9-JEFLAW any time to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Custody and visitation share much in common, but have many differences. Parental rights distinguish someone with visitation from someone with custody, and the two terms cannot be interchanged. Don’t be confused by the overlapping legal definitions or individual types.
Courts distinguish marital faults from misconduct that indicates an unfit parent. In other words, proof of a horrible spouse does not automatically deem that spouse an unfit parent, and seeking custody doesn’t have to eliminate parenting time. Although no one is legally required to parent perfectly, the court can decide that the dangerously imperfect are unfit.
Unmarried parents routinely have the same custody, support, and visitation problems that married ones have. Establishing paternity is vital in nondissolution custody cases, when unmarried partners separate. New Jersey family courts make no assumption about a father’s identity when an unmarried woman gives birth.
What are the types of custody in NJ?
In effect, there are nearly as many possible types of custody schedules as there are families. However, there are four main custody categories, types, or distinctions:
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How to file for custody in NJ
To request custody of your child, you need to file documents to petition the court and make your case before a family court judge. The process to file for custody of a child in New Jersey can vary between jurisdictions, and a judge could issue penalties or dismiss your case outright if any part is filed incorrectly. Make sure to fully understand how the law works in the county where your child lives.
Passaic County Child Custody Lawyers help client defeat motion to change custody
This client made a real mess out of her situation. She had been handling her case without an attorney for years and she made a lot of wrong moves that could have cost her custody of her children. The father sought to change custody and to remove the children to another state. In addition to dating a boyfriend that was a sex offender, the client also had DYFS (now DCPP) involvement and was alleged to have a drug problem. Nevertheless, our lawyers fought back hard against the motion and it was completely defeated. The father stormed out of court in anger.
This once again shows that this firm handles both sides of custody matters.
T.M. Gloucester County Child Custody Motion
In this case, the client was facing a motion from the father of the child for increased visitation in Gloucester County Superior Court (Woodbury). She was very nervous because she wanted to protect the child from the father. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do but we assured her that if we fought the case hard and shut it down, she could then be in complete control of the parenting time schedule instead of having it forced upon her. This allows her to protect her child much better since the father had a history of drug use, unstable housing and criminal activity. While it involved a lot of work, we were able to shut down the father’s motion for increased visitation.
If you have a child custody issue that you need help with, call the team of tough, smart Gloucester County Child Custody Lawyers today.
T.S. Warren County Child Custody Case
Our Warren County Child Custody Lawyers helped this client in her divorce case. A few months later, the father filed a motion for joint legal custody and other relief. Our child custody lawyers fought hard against the father’s motion. We called it what is was – harassment. Luckily, the court denied his entire motion. We showed him that our client would not be harassed by his frivolous motions. If you are being harassed by frivolous child custody motions in any court in New Jersey, call our team of tough, smart lawyers today to discuss your case.