When it comes to custody, children may have strong preferences. In many cases, it is important to take these preferences into account. Different laws have different states when it comes to including a child’s preference in a custody decision. Read on to learn more.
What factors are considered in a child custody case?
Child custody is one of the most complex matters of a divorce. When it comes to custody, a New Jersey judge is working to do what is in the child’s best interests. In New Jersey, a judge will consider the child’s preference if he or she is of sufficient age. There is no specific age limit in New Jersey. A judge will also consider:
- The needs of the child
- The physical health and safety of the child
- Whether the parent will act in the child’s best interests
- The relationship between the child and the parents
- Each party’s ability to provide stability
- The location and proximity of each parent’s home
What are the different types of custody in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, there are two main types of custody: physical and legal custody.
Physical custody is awarded to the parent with whom the child spends the most time. This parent is mainly responsible for providing basic necessities, such as a stable home, food, clothing, education, and more. This parent may be awarded child custody to help supplement some of these costs. The other form of custody is legal. Legal custody can be awarded to one or both parents. This gives parents the right to make legal decisions in the lives of their children. This may include matters of education, religion, healthcare, and more. Even if a parent does not have physical custody, he or she can still obtain legal custody.
What if my child is unhappy with the custody arrangement?
Once the court finalizes a custody agreement, it must be adhered to. Failing to follow the court-ordered agreement can result in serious legal trouble. If you need to make changes to your arrangement, you need to work with an experienced family law attorney to alter your agreement through the court.
If you have any questions or concerns about child custody in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced family law attorney.
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