Child Custody Attorney serving Union, Middlesex & Essex Counties
When a marriage has produced children, the issue of child custody in a divorce is frequently the issue that both parents are most concerned with above all else. If the parents cannot agree on an arrangement for parenting time, resolving the custody dispute can be the most emotionally exhausting aspect of the divorce process. Union family law attorney John B. D’Alessandro understands these feelings and the needs of parents to feel that their wishes are being respected and that custody decisions are made in the best interests of the children. At our law practice, we work hard to foster an environment of trust where you know that your feelings are validated and that your interests are being protected.
New Jersey Child Custody Law
The family court judge in New Jersey can award either joint custody to both parents or sole custody to one parent alone. The policy of the state favors joint custody, but sole custody may still be granted when the judge is convinced it is in the best interests of the child. Even when an award of joint custody is made, the division of parenting time may not be equal. Often one parent becomes the primary custodial parent; this parent may be given the family home in the property distribution , with the non-custodial parent being ordered to pay child support to the parent with the primary parental responsibilities. Thus, the child custody decision has ramifications beyond just custody itself and can impact other important facets of the divorce.
The Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro represents divorcing parents in child custody matters, including the division of parenting time and the development of parenting plans for visitation. We work with you to establish and implement custody and parenting plans that promote the best interests of your minor children while protecting your rights as a parent. We work with custodial and non-custodial parents in a variety of lifestyle choices, including unmarried and same-sex couples.
Legal versus Physical Custody
There are really two different aspects to child custody. In addition to physical custody, which is the actual physical possession and care of the children, the court also determines how the parents share legal custody, which is the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing in areas such as healthcare, education and religious matters. As in physical custody, joint legal custody is generally favored, although it is not guaranteed. The court may also decide the issues of legal and physical custody differently if the circumstances warrant it. Be sure to seek the help of an experienced family law attorney to make sure you are well-represented in these vital matters.
Experienced Union Family Law Attorney for Your New Jersey Child Custody Matter
At the Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro, we represent men and women at all stages of a custody or parenting plan matter, from the determination of temporary custody pending the final judgment of divorce through post-divorce requests for modification or enforcement of existing court orders. For help with a New Jersey divorce in communities throughout Middlesex, Essex and Union counties, contact the Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro for assistance.