Child Custody

New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer 

Child Custody Legal Representation: Your Guide and Advocate

At Blanch Legal Firm, we understand that child custody disputes can be emotionally challenging and legally complex for families. Our experienced team of New Jersey child custody lawyers is dedicated to providing compassionate and proficient legal representation to help you navigate these difficult times. We prioritize the well-being of your children and strive to protect your parental rights throughout the custody process.

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What are the Different Types of Custody in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, child custody can be classified into two primary categories: physical and legal.

Physical Custody: Physical custody refers to where the child will live most of the time. It can be either:

  • Sole Physical Custody: In this arrangement, the child primarily resides with one parent, while the other may have visitation rights.
  • Joint Physical Custody: With joint physical custody, the child spends significant time with both parents, ensuring a more balanced and equitable arrangement.

Legal Custody: Legal custody is the authority to make important decisions regarding the child's welfare, including education, healthcare, religious upbringing, and other significant matters. Similar to physical custody, legal custody can be:

  • Sole Legal Custody: One parent can make major decisions for the child's well-being.
  • Joint Legal Custody: Both parents are responsible for making important decisions for the child together.

In New Jersey, the courts aim to provide a custody arrangement that promotes the child's best interests while considering various factors, such as each parent's ability to provide a stable and nurturing environment.

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How is Child Custody Determined in New Jersey?

Child custody determinations in New Jersey are based on the "best interests of the child" standard. When parents cannot reach a custody agreement, the court will intervene to make a decision that serves the child's welfare. The court takes into account several factors to determine the best interests of the child, including:

  • Child's Preferences: The court may consider the child's age, maturity, and preferences if they can express their wishes.
  • Parent-Child Relationship: The court evaluates the quality and strength of the bond between each parent and the child.
  • Stability and Continuity: The court considers which parent can provide a stable and consistent environment for the child.
  • Parental Fitness: The court assesses each parent's physical and mental health and ability to meet the child's emotional and physical needs.
  • Co-Parenting Ability: The court looks at each parent's willingness to cooperate and support a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent.
  • Child's Well-being: The child's educational, social, and community life are also considered in decision-making.

What Makes a Parent Unfit?

In some cases, one parent may be deemed unfit to have custody of the child due to factors that could jeopardize the child's well-being. Some factors that may lead to a parent being considered unfit include:

  • Substance Abuse: If a parent has a history of substance abuse or addiction, it may raise concerns about their ability to provide a safe environment for the child.
  • Domestic Violence: A history of domestic violence or abuse can significantly impact custody decisions, as the court prioritizes the child's safety.
  • Neglect or Abuse: Any evidence of neglect or abuse towards the child may result in limited or supervised visitation or, in severe cases, the termination of parental rights.
  • Mental Health Issues: The court might consider severe untreated mental health issues that could negatively impact the child's safety and well-being.
  • Criminal History: A parent's criminal history, particularly offenses against children, may affect custody arrangements.

Contact Our New Jersey Child Custody Attorney Today

At Blanch Legal Firm, our New Jersey child custody lawyers are committed to providing compassionate and proficient legal representation to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children. We understand the sensitivity of child custody cases and will work diligently to help you achieve a fair and favorable custody arrangement. If you are facing child custody issues, do not hesitate to contact our experienced legal team for guidance and support. 

Contact Blanch Legal Firm today to schedule a FREE consultation with our child custody lawyer in New Jersey! 

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