Representation for Divorcing & Unmarried Parents in Middlesex County and Throughout New Jersey

Child custody is one of the most stressful issues frequently argued in divorce cases or family law disputes.

Whether you are getting a divorce from your spouse or you share children out of marriage, our New Jersey custody attorneys at Netsquire can help you protect your relationship with your children.

Our lawyers know it can be challenging to agree on who will care for your children and where they will live.

Our goal is to help you establish a thorough parenting plan which meets your family’s needs.

What Type of Lawyer Handles Child Custody?

The field of law encompassing child custody also extends to several interconnected domains within family law. Accomplished family law attorneys possess extensive experience in advocating for clients facing many responsibilities.

For instance, it’s common to find yourself amidst a divorce process where intricate matters such as alimony, child custody, child support, and establishing a parenting schedule all intertwine. These skilled attorneys navigate these interrelated issues, ensuring that your rights and obligations are comprehensively addressed during this challenging time.

Understanding Child Custody Laws in NJ

In child custody cases, either parent will be granted shared custody, or one parent will have primary custody.

If you cannot decide between the two of you, the court will make one for you.

Although NJ courts make the final decision, proposing a custody and visitation plan (parenting plan) allows you to have the chance to express your desires and what you think is best for your children.

Then the court will put forth an order regarding both legal and physical custody.

New Jersey courts consider numerous factors when determining child custody, but they mainly focus on the child’s best interests. If the parents seek joint custody, the NJ courts will examine their ability to agree, communicate, and cooperate with the children.

Any history of domestic violence will factor heavily in any custody or visitation decision.

A few additional factors which the court may consider include:

  • Health and healthcare needs of the child
  • Age and preferences of the children
  • Relationship between the parents and child
  • The needs of the children to further their best interests

Can a Child Refuse Visitation in NJ?

In New Jersey, the legally recognized age at which a child can independently voice their preference regarding visitation is 18 years old. This threshold aligns with New Jersey’s definition of adulthood, firmly establishing 18 as the age at which individuals attain full legal autonomy. Consequently, once a child reaches this age, they are empowered to make decisions about their living arrangements without necessitating a court-mediated process, allowing them to choose their custodial parent.

Establishing a Workable Parenting Plan in NJ

Crafting a comprehensive and workable parenting plan is critical to child custody cases in New Jersey. A well-structured plan ensures the child’s best interests are prioritized and helps parents navigate their responsibilities effectively.

In New Jersey, family courts encourage parents to collaboratively create a parenting plan that addresses various aspects, including physical and legal custody, visitation schedules, decision-making authority, and communication methods. This plan should be tailored to the unique needs of the child and the family. Courts emphasize the importance of flexibility and cooperation to adapt the strategy as circumstances change over time.

By seeking guidance from compassionate family law attorneys, parents can create a parenting plan that aligns with legal requirements and reflects the family’s dynamics, promoting a stable and nurturing environment for the child’s growth and development.

Contact a New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer Today

Navigating child custody matters in New Jersey requires a thorough understanding of legal processes and a steadfast commitment to the child’s well-being. From determining the type of custody that suits the child’s best interests to crafting effective parenting plans, the journey can be complex.

At Netsquire, our team of skilled New Jersey child custody lawyers is dedicated to guiding you through every step of this process. We understand the emotional challenges involved and are equipped to provide knowledgeable, compassionate, and tailored legal support. With a focus on achieving the best possible outcome for you and your child, we invite you to reach out to one of our attorneys. Let Netsquire be your partner in securing a brighter future for your family.

Contact us today to set up a free consultation and take the first step toward a more stable and nurturing environment for your child’s growth and development. Your family’s well-being is our priority.

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Each package includes a comprehensive settlement agreement, filing of all documents, and access to a private Facebook group.

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  • All divorce documents drafted and filed for you
  • New Jersey filing fee included
  • Optional access to a Private Facebook Group where you can ask questions, get help, and connect with others.
  • Access to a licensed NJ divorce attorney to ask questions (without an expensive retainer fee)

Note: Both parties must cooperate and sign documents when we provide them to you. Otherwise, you may need the Mediation package.

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You already have a verbal agreement on money and your children.

We’ll put it in a written, legally-binding settlement agreement for you.

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  • Guidance through your settlement process so you don’t miss a single detail
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You need help arriving at an agreement on your money and/or children.

We’ll mediate between you and your partner to negotiate a fair agreement.

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  • Preferred pricing of $300 per additional hour over 3 hours of mediation if it becomes necessary
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Divorce In 4 Steps:

Protect your kids

From custody to visits to holidays, we’ll walk you through every decision you need to make in order to move on with your life while protecting your kids.

Handle your money

Should there be alimony? What about child support? How are your children’s expenses going to be shared? We’ll help you figure it all out.

Divide your stuff

We’ll help you decide how to divide your marital home, bank accounts, retirement accounts, cars, debt, and anything else you need to split up.

Get your divorce.

Once you create an agreement about your money, your children, and your stuff, we’ll file all your documents and make sure your divorce is done quickly and correctly.

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Most law firms don’t know how to resolve divorce. They only know how to fight – because that’s how it’s always been done.

At Netsquire, we’ve ripped up the divorce playbook to make it quicker, simpler, and drama-free. We offer online mediation and document prep services, all for one transparent, flat fee.

With a whole lot of experience under our belts—decades, in fact—we’ve given thousands of couples the nudge they needed to move past divorce and rediscover their happy place.

We’re not just attorneys. We’re your guides, allies, and advocates. We’ll navigate this journey with you, prioritizing your peace of mind and financial health along the way.

FAQs: New Jersey Custody Lawyers

Can I modify a custody agreement if circumstances change?

Yes, custody agreements can be modified if a significant change in circumstances affects the child’s well-being. Seeking legal assistance is advisable to handle the modification process effectively.

What's the difference between physical and legal custody?

Physical custody refers to where the child lives, while legal custody pertains to decision-making authority regarding the child’s upbringing. Parents can have joint or sole physical and legal custody, depending on the family’s situation.

How can a New Jersey child custody lawyer from Netsquire assist me?

Our experienced lawyers at Netsquire have experience in family law and child custody matters in New Jersey. We provide guidance through legal processes, help you establish effective parenting plans, and advocate for your child’s best interests. Schedule a consultation to discuss your specific situation and receive personalized assistance.

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