Hackensack Child Custody Attorney
Professional and Efficient Representation at a Low Cost
Legal issues involving a child can be complex and emotionally charged. During this difficult time for your family, you will need the help of an attorney you can trust to handle your case with the utmost compassion, skill, and professionalism.
The Glen F. Haley Law Firm is committed to improving the lives of children and their families through skillful and assertive legal representation as the firm pushes hard for efficient, positive outcomes while doing everything possible to reach a resolution smoothly and efficiently. The Glen F. Haley Law Firm understands that this is a challenging time and believes that you deserve attentive, individualized service – and that's exactly what you can expect when you work with the firm, from your initial consultation to the resolution of your case.
It's time to get help from an attorney you can trust to work hard for your family. Contact a legal professional at The Glen F. Haley Law Firm online or by phone at (201) 801-4609 today for more information.
Types of Custody Arrangements
In any child custody discussion in New Jersey, there are 4 basic types of custody arrangements – legal custody, physical custody, joint custody, and sole custody. In many cases, these arrangements can be interconnected or combined, such as in the case of joint legal custody.
Legal custody refers to a parent’s authority to make major decisions on a child’s health, education, safety, and welfare, such as where the child will go to school, whether they will attend religious services, and when a child needs special medical treatment. Physical custody refers to where the child will physically reside after their parents separate or divorce, and joint custody is when both parents share a specific form of custody (e.g., joint legal custody). Conversely, sole custody limits a certain form of custody only to one of the parents (e.g., sole legal custody). Note that in cases of sole physical custody, the parent who does not reside with the child may petition for “visitation” rights, or “parenting time,” which allows non-custodial parents to spend time with their children.
Under New Jersey Law, a parent who provides a residence for the child for more than 50% of overnights per year or provides the residence for them while they attend school is referred to as the Parent of Primary Residence (PPR). The other parent is the Parent of Alternate Residence (PAR).
The Best Interests of the Child
Parents can decide on a custody arrangement between themselves without the interference of the court. However, if they cannot resolve their custody or parenting time issues, the court will step in and likely order them to participate in mediation or, alternatively, order custody evaluations based on the best interests of the child. A child’s best interests can vary from case to case, though New Jersey law provides judges with general guidelines in making their custody determination, including examining factors such as:
- the parents’ ability to agree, communicate, and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
- the parents’ willingness to accept custody, and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time;
- the interaction and relationship of the child with their parents and siblings;
- any history of domestic violence;
- the safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent;
- the child’s preference, when the child has the intellectual capacity to make an intelligent decision;
- the child’s needs;
- the stability of the home environment offered by the parents;
- the quality and continuity of the child’s education;
- the parents’ fitness to exercise custody;
- the geographical proximity of the parents’ homes;
- the extent and quality of the time spent with the child before or after the separation;
- the parents’ employment responsibilities; and
- the age and number of children.
Call (201) 801-4609 Today for Legal Support
If you are currently involved in a custody battle, it is important to have an attorney by your side to ensure your and your child’s rights are being protected. A lawyer can also better help you prepare for and facilitate effective negotiations with the other parent, and, if it comes to it, in court before a judge. The Glen F. Haley Law Firm has the experience and professional skill necessary to guide you through your Hackensack child custody case. Let the firm take a look at your circumstances and help you figure out your next steps in the negotiations process.