New Jersey Child Custody Lawyers
Determining the Best Interests of Your Child
Amid all the difficulties that come with divorce, we know your top priority is that your children are safe and cared for. Court decisions are guided by what is best for the child; at Warren-Wentz, LLC, that’s our chief concern, too. Our New Jersey child custody lawyers help parents navigate the process and work toward the best outcome possible.
Forms of Custody
In a child custody dispute, two forms of custody must be decided: physical and legal. Either form of custody can be joint, meaning both parents share custody, or sole, where one parent is awarded full custody.
Physical custody has to do with where the child lives and which parent cares for them. A joint physical custody arrangement might involve the child splitting time with the parents 50/50. However, the court may decide that such a routine would be disruptive for the child; an alternate arrangement might have the child spending every other weekend and certain holidays with one parent while spending the majority of his or her time with the other.
Legal Custody refers to the decision-making rights and responsibilities of the parents. A parent with sole legal custody can decide where a child goes to school, what medical care providers to see, and even the religion in which the child will be raised. In a joint legal custody arrangement, both parents have input on these decisions.
The court will allow a custody arrangement to which both parents agree, unless they believe it is not in the child’s best interest.
Complicating Factors in Child Custody Cases
Unfortunately, child custody decisions are not always straightforward and parents do not always agree on what is best for their children. That’s why we help parents advocate for decisions that are overall the best for their children’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
We have experience in a wide range of issues involved in child custody cases:
- Child support payments
- Support order modifications
- Custody and visitation changes
- Moving out of state
- Relocation petitions
- Mediation for disagreements
Call the New Jersey child custody lawyers at Warren-Wentz, LLC to learn about modification for support orders, visitation, and more: (856) 281-3338. We offer free case evaluations.
His professionalism and attentiveness of his staff gave me the confidence as if I had personally hired a "high profile" attorney.- Justin
I would highly recommend him. He simplified a complicated case and took the time to explain the whole process thoroughly.- Shawn
Great lawyer- amazing in the courtroom.- Abby