JERSEY CITY NEW JERSEY CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS
HAVE PARENTING ISSUES? CUSTODY CHANGE SOUGHT? WE CAN HELP YOU TODAY.
N.J.S.A 9:2-4f. is the statute that governs child custody disputes in New Jersey and the best interests of a child. Child custody is one of the most fought over issues in family court throughout the United States, and choosing the right child custody attorney in NJ is very important. Jersey City Child Custody Attorney Santo Artusa and his team at the Artusa Law Firm know this all to well and frequently represent people in Hudson County, New Jersey. Who raises a child and when someone can see their child is the most important aspect of a person’s life. We can help you with your child custody and parenting time case in NJ immediately. Whether you are seeking joint-legal or sole legal custody in New Jersey, a parenting time schedule in New Jersey Family Court or you are seeking to be the parent of primary residence in New Jersey or custodial parent, the Jersey City-NJ lawyers at our firm can help.
The Artusa Law Firm team is skilled in arguing Jersey City-Hudson County family law cases before Judge Nesle Rodriguez, Judge Anthony D’Elia, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Kimberly Espinales Maloney, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Mark Baber and Judge Vito Sciancalepore of the Jersey City-Hudson County Family Court located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. If you have a child custody dispute, have parenting time issues, want more parenting time, want supervised visits ordered, seek to relocate out of state with your child, child support modifications, seek sole or joint custody, we can handle it. Reach us on 201-706-7910.
TYPES OF CUSTODY AND CHOOSING THE BEST CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER FOR YOU
When discussing child custody, there are many different aspects with regard to custody that need to be addressed if it is in dispute. First there is legal custody, which has two options, joint legal custody or sole legal custody. Legal custody has to do with decision making. New Jersey Family Courts favor joint legal custody. In our state, the rights of both parents are considered and deemed to be equal and both parents should be included in the major decisions of a child’s life such as: religion, schooling, medical care, sports participation, after school activities, college, etc. The next aspect of child custody is the parenting time situation. Regardless if a parent has sole legal or joint legal rights, a parent is still entitled to visitation with their child (absent other factors such as drug use, neglect, etc). The Artusa Law Firm is experienced in child custody and all family law matters in NJ. For a list of our areas of practice, visit this NJ Family Law Attorneys.
Again, whether joint or legal custody is granted, the non-custodial parent still has parenting time and visitation rights unless it can be shown that parenting time with the child would be harmful in someway or not in the best interests of the child. If the parties cannot agree on a parenting plan whether on their own or in mediation, the court will decide a parenting time plan. Before you sit down for mediation, you should take the time to discuss your options with a NJ family law or divorce attorney. This will help you make the most of your mediation session because you will know your rights and the strengths of your case.
FACTORS IN DETERMINING LEGAL CUSTODY IN NJ
When a New Jersey court determines legal custody, the court looks at many factors. Some of the factors are:
- The parents ability to agree, communicate regarding decisions for the child.
- Interaction between child, parents and siblings.
- Mental Fitness of the parents.
- The age and number of children.
- Proximity between the parents homes.
- Needs of the child.
- History of domestic violence if any.
WHERE SHOULD THE CHILD LIVE?
The next issue is who has residential custody and who is the non-custodial parent. The residential (custodial) parent is where the children live primarily and the person who receives child support. The Court may order that the home of both parents be inspected and/or that a best interests evaluation be conducted where everyone in the home can be interviewed and a potential background check can be done. It is the custodial parent makes the day to day decisions for the child but on major issues the custodial parent should inform the non-custodial parent (Joint-Legal Custody).
When deciding a parenting time situation or determining residential custody, the court looks at the following and other factors:
- Stability of home environment offered.
- Quality and continuity of the child’s education.
- Needs of the Child.
- Preference of the child if of sufficient age.
- Safety of the child.
- Again, age and number of children.
The court will also inquire as to who did the majority of the essential parenting time functions such as: who fed the child, who attended the doctors visits, who purchased the clothing, who spent the majority of the time with the child.
NJ FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY SANTO ARTUSA AND THE HUDSON COUNTY AND ESSEX COUNTY FAMILY COURTS
Jersey City Child Custody Attorney Santo Artusa has successfully represented many parents in family law disputes in Northern and Central New Jersey whether it concerns a change in custody, relocation of a child, changes in parenting time, terminating parental rights and other parenting time matters, we have the experience and knowledge. His approach is that the best interests of the child are paramount to all people involved in the case including the parents, the lawyers and the Judge.
Nothing is more important than the well-being of a child and the child’s right to know and love both parents. Mr. Artusa understands the importance of the parent-child relationship as a father of two children and as a family law attorney that lives and practices primarily in Jersey City. He knows what it is like trying to balance: work, family, ambitions, quality time and giving your children everything you can in the very expensive and competitive areas of Northern New Jersey. Attorney Artusa has stated that, “The worst thing you see in family court is when parents use children as pawns to suit their own agendas.”
Our team also represents parents in child custody and family law cases in Essex, Bergen, Middlesex, Union and other counties in New Jersey.
Our Essex County Child Custody Lawyers represent parents in the Essex Family Court which is located at 212 Washington Street in Newark, NJ. The Judges who hear custody matters in Essex County are: Judge Gaus, Judge Sivilli, Judge Kaplan, Judge Casale, and Judge Donald Kessler, Judge Neil Jasey. Click here more information about Essex County and other NJ family court judges.
FOR MORE INFORMATION RELEVANT TO CHILD CUSTODY AND CHILD SUPPORT IN NEW JERSEY VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
ENTERING INTRO A CONSENT ORDER OR MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN NEW JERSEY
CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER IN NEW JERSEY
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT FAMILY LAW IN NEW JERSEY
OBTAINING A DIVORCE IN NEW JERSEY
RELOCATING OUT OF STATE WITH YOUR CHILD
PARENTING TIME ISSUES AND LAWS IN NEW JERSEY
WHAT TO DO NEXT AND HIRING A CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER
As we know, child custody and parenting time is a very important issue in someone’s life. If you have an existing case or seek to file a new child custody case in a divorce action or in a separate action in Jersey City or beyond, contact our legal team today on
201-706-7910 for a confidential legal consultation or fill out our contact form if you seek professional representation: