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Three most common questions about child custody in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2023 | Child Custody And Visitation

One of the most important and most sensitive conversations one will have during a divorce is deciding what will happen with the children. Child custody is a complex matter that can involve difficult emotions, complex scheduling concerns and other factors that can impact the children for years to come. If you are facing divorce, you are likely wondering how this choice will shape your family in the coming years.

Like many going through a divorce, you might feel unprepared for what is ahead. You may not understand what to expect, or how you can protect your parental rights during this time. You are not alone in feeling this way. Most parents feel overwhelmed at the prospect of having less time with their kids or losing the relationship that they have with them. These are normal fears, and learning as much as you can about child custody laws in New Jersey may be beneficial as you make important decisions for your future and the future for your kids.

Important concerns for all parents

Parents are naturally concerned about how their choice to divorce could impact their kids. While it is certain that each member of the family will experience some changes and difficult transitions, it is possible to lay the foundation for security and stability through the terms of a thoughtful and carefully prepared custody and visitation plan. In your effort to balance your parental rights with the best interests of your children, you may find the answers to the following three common custody-related questions helpful:

  • How do the courts determine which parent gets child custody? The court will consider all factors that could impact the kids, including medical needs, work schedules of both parents, the wishes of the children and more. Courts often prefer a joint custody arrangement as this is often best for the kids.
  • Who will pay child support? Child support is determined on a case-by-case basis. In many cases, the higher-earning parent will pay support to the lesser-earning parent or the primary custodian of the children.
  • Could you seek sole custody? If you have concerns about the safety or well-being of your kids while in the custody of their other parent, it may be valid grounds to seek sole custody of your kids.

Custody is a complex matter, but you do not have to navigate these issues on your own. You may benefit from an explanation of your options and understanding of how you can seek the best possible terms that will provide your kids with stability and security for years to come.