For child custody issues in New Jersey, the rights of both parents are considered. New Jersey courts encourage both parents to share the rights and responsibilities of the child.
There are four types of child custody recognized in New Jersey:
- Joint legal custody. This is the most common type of custody arrangement. Typically one parent serves as the primary residential custodian for the child and the other parent serves as alternate. Both parents are responsible for making important decisions for their child on major issues such as health, education and general welfare. The primary custodial parent is responsible for day-to-day issues and will consult with the other parent when necessary.
- Sole legal custody. This is where all major decisions are made by one parent.
- Primary residential custody. This is where the child lives with one parent at least 51% of the time.
- Shared residential custody. This is where the child lives with each parent equally.
New Jersey courts consider a number of factors when awarding child custody. These may include:
- Parents ability to cooperate in matters regarding their child.
- Parents willingness to accept custody.
- History of abuse.
- Interaction of child with parent and siblings.
- Safety of child
- Preference of child when they reach a certain age.
- Stability of housing situations.
- Fitness of parents.
- Geographical proximity of parents’ homes
- Parents employment responsibilities
- And more
A legal professional who is skilled in family law can help their client with their New Jersey childcare issues. They can address their client’s concerns, answer questions and meet their future goals.