New Jersey Child Custody Factors

When deciding who will be awarded custody, a judge will try to make an arrangement that he/she thinks is in the best interest of your child. Generally, the court will try to make sure that both parents share the rights and responsibilities of parenting. This means that the court is inclined to let both parents play an active role in taking care of the child and making decisions about the child’s life. The court will base its decision on many factors. Some of the things a judge will consider are:

  1. The parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
  2. The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse;
  3. The interaction and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings; the history of domestic violence, if any;
  4. The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent; the preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision;
  5. The needs of the child;
  6. The stability of the home environment offered;
  7. The quality and continuity of the child’s education; the fitness of the parents; the geographical proximity of the parents’ homes;
  8. The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation;
  9. The parents’ employment responsibilities; and
  10. The age and number of the children.

I understand the importance of each step in the legal process. I will work with you the whole way to make sure that your parental rights and the best interests of your children are protected.  If you have questions about child custody, you should contact child custody attorney Marc P. Feldman for expert legal counsel regarding your case

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