Jackson Child Custody Lawyer
How Child Custody is Determined in New Jersey
When a married couple decides to divorce, there are numerous issues which must be resolved as part of their divorce proceedings. If there are children from the marriage, the issue of child custody and child support becomes a priority. Coming to a child custody agreement is not always an easy task however, because although both parents may be intent in doing what is best for their children, they are not always able to come up with an amicable arrangement. Mediation may be required to help the two parties resolve their disagreements. In cases where the parents are unable to reach an agreement, the court will make child custody and child support decisions based solely on the best interests of the children. The judge will determine both legal custody and residential custody.
Legal custody can be granted as either sole legal custody or joint legal custody, and covers the responsibility of one or both parents to make decisions that will affect the children's health, education, or general welfare. Residential custody refers to where the children will spend the bulk of their time and who will make the day-to-day decisions for the children. The judge can grant sole custody to one parent, in which case the non-custody parent will want to seek visitation rights. The judge can also grant primary residential custody to one parent, and award the other parent the right to be the parent of alternate residence. This refers to a situation where the the parent of primary residence has the children for a bulk of the time, and the parent of alternate residence has the children for alternating weekends and one or two overnights during the week.
In unique cases, one parent will be granted residential custody of one or more children, while the other parent is granted residential custody of the others. If you have started divorce proceedings, or need to file for divorce, and there are children from your marriage, you are strongly urged to contact a Jackson divorce attorney at The Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC immediately. Attorney Rachel Cotrino will thoroughly review your situation, analyze all information regarding your divorce and custody issues, advise you of your legal options, and help you determine how best to proceed.
Child Custody Attorney in Jackson, NJ
Attorney Rachel Cotrino is an experienced divorce attorney, who got her start as a distinguished law clerk in the Superior Court of Ocean County. While working as a law clerk, she was responsible for preparing tentative decisions and orders on matters relating to child support, visitation, and custody. Since starting to practice in 2007, she has assisted many clients with their custody needs. She is committed to providing each client with the aggressive representation they need in order to protect their rights and get the best possible outcome.
If you have questions about child custody or need legal representation in child custody proceedings, contact a Jackson custody lawyer at the law office today and schedule your confidential consultation.