Some parents end up sharing custody of their child after separation or divorce. In many cases, children benefit from a shared custody arrangement. But sharing custody can pose many challenges, especially if the child’s health, safety, or well-being is at stake. In these cases, one parent can seek sole custody of the child. This gives that parent exclusive rights to have the child live with him or her and make major decisions regarding the child. The other parent may have some decision-making rights and the right to appropriate parenting time, also known as visitation.
If you want sole custody of your child, first speak with an experienced child custody attorney in your area. Every custody case is unique and thus requires individualized advice. In the meantime, here are a few things you should know if you are seeking sole custody:
If you and the other parent cannot agree, the judge will have to decide on custody. The judge will make a decision that is in the best interests of your child. If you truly believe it is in your child’s best interests for you to have sole custody, you will need to present your reasoning to the court.
Also keep in mind that New Jersey recognizes two types of custody: legal and physical. Each can be either sole or shared. If you believe the other parent does not provide a healthy living environment for your child, you may have a strong argument for sole physical custody. If the other parent has repeatedly made poor decisions regarding your child that have adversely impacted the child, you can probably argue for sole legal custody. In some cases, it may be best for you to have sole legal and physical custody. Have an attorney help you evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case, then identify what custody arrangement you think is best for your family.
New Jersey courts want to see every child spend time with both parents. But having two homes and being transferred back and forth can be hard on many kids because it doesn’t provide stability. So, if you get sole custody, the other parent may still get regular parenting time. Sole custody doesn’t mean the other parent loses all rights. But it does mean that your child will live with you and only you. Speak with an attorney about potential custody arrangements for your family. If you want sole custody, you will need to develop a strong argument for your request. An experienced New Jersey child custody attorney can help you determine what custody arrangement will be best for your child and help you get the custody award you want.
If you are seeking sole custody of your child, the Williams Law Group, LLC can help you. Our skilled child custody attorneys can help you get a custody award that protects your child’s best interests. Located in Union, New Jersey, Williams Law Group, LLC provides compassionate and dedicated legal services to Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties, and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable attorneys handle divorce and family law, child custody, and child abuse/neglect cases. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation and ultimately get you connected with an experienced New Jersey divorce and child custody attorney.