Is There a Way to Win Child Custody Back in New Jersey?
Child custody is perhaps the most important divorce-related issue to parents across the country, as both parents generally want to play an active role in their child’s life. However, if you are someone who was initially denied custody of your child, you are most likely now looking to win at least partial custody back so you can contribute to raising your child. Read on and reach out to our Chatham family law attorneys to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the difference between physical and legal custody?
There are two types of custody in New Jersey, and they are physical and legal custody. If you are someone who is seeking physical custody of your child, it means that you are looking to be the parent that your child primarily lives with. That being said, legal custody deals with the parent’s legal authority to make certain decisions on behalf of their child, including whether the child can receive certain medical treatments, what religion the child practices, where the child goes to school, and more.
How do courts decide on child custody terms?
In most cases, courts would prefer to award both parents an equal amount of custody, however, the core of every custody agreement is the child’s best interests. Therefore, if the court believes that it is not in your child’s best interests for you to have custody, they will most likely award the other parent sole custody of your child. This is generally only under the most extreme circumstances, however, and as long as the court does not see you as a threat to your child or as incapable of raising your child responsibly, you should not have to worry about being fully denied custody.
Is there a way to win custody of my child if I was not initially awarded it?
If, however, you were denied custody of your child due to a type of behavior or condition that prevented you from adequately raising your child, as long as you can prove to the court that you remedied that issue and it would no longer get in the way of raising your child safely and responsibly, our New Jersey family law attorneys may help you seek a modification to your initial custody agreement. If you believe this is a case and you are ready to get started, speak with our firm today. We are here to help.
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If you are considering a divorce and need an attorney who can effectively represent you through every step you can count on Lazor Rantas, PC. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey as they navigate divorce and family law matters. To discuss your case with an experienced legal team, contact Lazor Rantas, PC today.