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New Jersey Child Custody
If you and your child's parent are getting a divorce or splitting up, you'll have to reach certain child custody and child support decisions. If you and your ex, with the assistance of your New Jersey child custody attorneys, are unable to reach an agreement, the court may send you to mediation or make custody decisions on your behalf.
New Jersey Child Custody Basics
New Jersey child custody law requires parents to reach a child custody agreement, also known as a parenting plan, which addresses major points related to raising and rearing their child. The parenting plan covers:
- Physical custody (also known as parenting time), or where the child will live the majority of the time and how visitation will be handled
- Legal custody, or which parent is responsible for making major life decisions on behalf of the child
Both physical custody and legal custody come in two forms. A parent may have sole custody or both parents may share joint custody.
When reviewing a New Jersey parenting plan, the court wants to see that the custody decisions are in the best interests of the child. Your New Jersey child custody attorney can help you negotiate and create a parenting plan.
As part of your child custody proceedings, New Jersey law also requires most parents of minor children to attend a parents' education program.
New Jersey Child Support
New Jersey parents of minor children are both expected to contribute to the financial costs of raising a child. This usually means that one parent will pay child support to the other parent.
In calculating New Jersey child support, the court will look at:
- How physical custody is divided and how much parenting time each parent has
- Each parent's gross income
- Child-related expenses, including child care, health insurance and other predictable, recurring expenses
Questions to Ask When Hiring a New Jersey Child Custody Attorney
Before deciding to hire a New Jersey child custody lawyer, you should briefly interview the lawyer to ensure he or she is a good fit. Questions to consider asking include:
- How long have you practiced law?
- Do you only practice divorce, child custody and child support law, or do you represent other types of clients, too?
- What's your typically approach to handling child custody cases?
- How much do you charge for your services? What's the total I can expect to pay in legal expenses?
Find & Hire a New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer
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