Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters, child custody and domestic relations. The New Jersey courts have jurisdiction over who shall have custody or guardianship of children under family law. Every year, thousands of child custody cases are decided in New Jersey courts and attorneys at The Micklin Law Group have extensive experience in family law and are here to help you get or keep custody of your children.
In family law, the primary standard that the court uses to determine a custody case is always," what is in the best interests of the child;"however, joint custody is more likely in the best interest of the child and therefore the best case scenario. The court has to determine many factors when it makes this decision, whether it is sole custody or joint custody.
Some of the factors that are considered when the court makes a custody determination are:
(1) Emotional and physical environment.
(2) The personal safety of the child.
(3) Moral atmosphere of the household.
(4) The mental and physical health of the parents.
(5) The age of the children.
(6) Preference of the child.
(7) The prior behavior of the parents, including any history of abuse.
(8) The ability of each parent to care for the child.
(9) The importance of religious upbringing within the family.
There are several possible scenarios for custody arrangements. Luckily, joint custody is becoming a more common arrangement in New Jersey. The modification of child support arrangements are possible dependent on circumstances involving the case. Keep in mind that in child custody cases the courts will always rule in the best interest of the child but with ample evidence supporting your case it may be possible to move forward. While some cases are easier than others, The Micklin Law Group will do everything in our power to find the best possible solution for any of your child custody cases.
Of course, not all parents agree on how to handle or resolve custody disputes. In many cases, the courts have to decide who the better care-giver for the child or children and will set one of the following arrangements:
If you find yourself in a difficult or even antagonistic custody battle, do not hesitate to contact one of our New Jersey child custody attorneys and let us help you fight for you and your child. We are well versed in all aspects of family law and will advocate for you.
Brad Micklin, senior member of Micklin Law Group, is a NJ attorney specializing in complicated family law.
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