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Trusted Legal Advocacy for Your Custody Matters in New Jersey

Navigating the complexities of child custody matters requires a skilled legal partner who understands the nuances of New Jersey family law. At Eveland & Foster, LLC, we recognize the emotional challenges of child custody disputes, and our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to providing you with strategic and compassionate legal representation. When it comes to securing your child's best interests, trust in Eveland & Foster, LLC to advocate for you. 

Call Eveland & Foster, LLC today at (973) 841-8856 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our child custody attorney in Morristown!

How Child Custody Is Determined in New Jersey

In New Jersey, child custody decisions hinge on the paramount principle of the child's best interests. Our legal team is adept at comprehensively presenting the factors influencing these determinations. New Jersey courts consider various elements, including:

  • Parental Fitness: The court assesses each parent's physical and mental well-being, ensuring they can provide a stable and supportive environment for the child.
  • Child's Preference: While not the sole determining factor, the child's age and maturity may be considered in gauging their preference.
  • Parent-Child Relationship: The relationship between each parent and the child is evaluated, encompassing communication, emotional bonds, and overall involvement in the child's life.
  • Stability and Continuity: Courts often favor maintaining stability and continuity in the child's life, considering factors such as living arrangements, school, and community connections.
  • History of Domestic Violence or Substance Abuse: Any history of domestic violence or substance abuse significantly impacts custody decisions, with the court prioritizing the safety and well-being of the child.
  • Co-Parenting Abilities: The ability of each parent to communicate, cooperate, and make joint decisions in the child's best interest is crucial.

Navigating these complexities requires expertise, and Eveland & Foster, LLC is well-prepared to present a compelling case that reflects your dedication to your child's welfare.

Exploring Types of Child Custody in NJ

Understanding the nuances of custody types is crucial for crafting a strategy aligned with your objectives. In New Jersey, custody can be categorized into two main types:

  • Legal Custody: This grants a parent authority over significant decisions like education, healthcare, and religion. It can be joint or sole, depending on whether both parents share decision-making responsibilities.
  • Physical Custody: This pertains to the child's residence and can be joint or sole. Joint physical custody involves both parents sharing time with the child, while sole physical custody grants primary residential responsibility to one parent.

Crafting a custody arrangement that suits your family's unique circumstances demands careful consideration of these types. Eveland & Foster, LLC is dedicated to tailoring legal strategies that align with your objectives, ensuring a resolution prioritizes your child's well-being.

What Makes a Parent Unfit?

In some instances, the court may deem a parent unfit based on specific circumstances, such as:

  • Abuse or Neglect: Evidence of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect, may lead to a parent being deemed unfit.
  • Substance Abuse: Ongoing issues with drug or alcohol abuse may be grounds for declaring a parent unfit.
  • Mental Health Concerns: Severe mental health issues impacting a parent's ability to provide a stable environment may be considered.
  • Criminal Activity: A history of criminal activity, especially if it threatens the child's safety, can be a factor in determining parental fitness.

Eveland & Foster, LLC comprehends the gravity of such situations and is prepared to advocate for your child's best interests while adhering to the legal standards outlined in New Jersey family law.

What Is Custody Modification?

A custody agreement or order modification can be requested if there is a change in circumstance, such as if the change would serve the child's best interests. A court order can also be modified if both parents agree to the changes. However, if the parents cannot agree on the changes, a court order must be obtained to modify the custody agreement.

Contact Our Morristown Child Custody Attorney Today

Securing favorable child custody arrangements necessitates the expertise of seasoned legal professionals. Eveland & Foster, LLC is poised to be your trusted legal partner, tirelessly advocating for your rights and your child's best interests. Connect with us today and take the first step toward a resolution prioritizing your family's well-being.

Contact Eveland & Foster, LLC today to schedule a meeting with our child custody lawyer in Morristown!

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