Minor surgeries, healthcare and other day-to-day decisions are made by the custodial parent in New Jersey
In New Jersey, which parent decides if the child should get minor surgery?
Which parent decides if the child gets braces?
Which parent decides other day-to-day decision?
In Brzozowski v. Brozozowski, 265 NJ Super 141 (Ch Div 1993) the trial court was asked to decide if the non-custodial parent should be able to take the child for a minor surgical procedure over the objection of the custodial-parent. The court found that when the parents disagree, the court would side with the custodial parent. Of course, if the custodial-parent’s decision is not in the best interest of the child, the court will intervene.