When children are involved the decision to end a relationship can be particularly complicated. Often times decisions about how children will divide time between two households, and whether one or both parents will be responsible for major decisions about things like children’s health-care, education, and religious upbringing are very difficult to make and agree upon. Whether you and your former partner essentially agree on child custody arrangements or you have so many disagreements that you may be facing court intervention, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney on your side to assist you with your legal needs. Schedule a personal consultation today so that we can provide you with advice that fits your unique situation.
In New Jersey, courts refer to time parents spend with their children as “parenting time,” rather than “visitation.” This acknowledges the importance of each parent’s role, regardless of whether a child spends nearly equal time with each parent or lives with one parent most of the time. Whatever your child custody arrangement, there will be various options available for structuring parenting time. If you and your child’s other parent already have a decision about the basic form of child custody you will be following, the Law Office of Steven H. Wolff can help you craft a sensible New Jersey parenting plan designed to meet the needs of your family both now and well into the future.
Courts in New Jersey can order many different custodial arrangements for children, including sole custody, joint legal custody, and shared legal and physical custody. In considering the most appropriate arrangement for your child, it is important to recognize that New Jersey child custody includes both physical custody, which governs where your child will live, and legal custody, which governs which parent or parents have decision-making authority regarding how your child will be raised and cared for.
Expert reports and testimony may come into play when determining these issues. A custody parenting time evaluation may be performed before trial. The evaluation is conducted by psychologist and they will produce a report. The evaluator will interview each party and depending on the age the child. Further, the evaluator may interview other relevant individuals, request psychological, medical and school records. Said report usually has a large impact on the Court’s award of custody. The parties can agree on a joint expert or each party could hire their own expert. It is imperative that you have an attorney well versed in dealing with strengthening your case by use of experts, and being able to disprove the allegations and assertions made by the other party’s expert.
If you need to establish custody and visitation, or if you need to make a change to the existing custody arrangement, do not hesitate to contact us at the Law Office of Steven H. Wolff. There is nothing more important than your children. Do not hesitate another day.