Child Custody in Cape May County

Cape May County is the southernmost county in New Jersey and is home to New Jersey's famed beach community, Cape May. Cape May County is home to over 90,000 residents and receives a large number of visitors each year. All legal matters in Cape May County are handled by the Cape May County Superior Court. Matters related to Family Law, including custody, are catered to by the Family Division of the court of Cape May County.

Custody In Cape May County

When a custody battle is about to take place, one thing must be settled before any filings can even begin. It must be determined which county will hold jurisdiction over the matter. Cape May County is in close proximity to both Delaware and Pennsylvania. It can be particularly common for families to be split across these states, which can make settling matters of custody particularly complicated, as states have separate custody laws. Luckily, New Jersey has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA) to prevent complications from arising. Under the UCCA, a state will be granted jurisdiction for a custody battle if it is considered to be the child's "home state." A child's "home state" is typically the one where the child has lived in longer or has been set as the primary residence by an earlier custody agreement. If a custody battle is to take place in Cape May County, the process will follow New Jersey's laws.

In Cape May County, a custody battle typically begins with a phase dedicated to mediation. Court mediation will involve both parties sitting down to decide what they believe is the best path forward. The goal is resolve and settle the custody issue before bringing the case to a full hearing while providing both parties an opportunity for their thoughts to be heard. If an agreement cannot be reached at this stage, then the case will move forward to a hearing in front of a judge. In a custody case, the standard for decision making used will always be to rule in favor of whatever is "in the best interest of the child." Unfortunately, each state, and sometimes even the individual counties within a state will interpret this standard differently. For Cape May County, the "best interest of the child" is weighted most heavily upon the child's physical safety and well-being. Other factors that will play a role in determining a custody case include the child's relationships with the parents, the child's access to education, and more. Any prior instances of domestic violence or domestic violence-related incidents will be weighed more heavily as they directly pertain to the physical well-being of the child.

When proceeding into a custody battle the best way to secure your interests in the matter is to enlist the services of an experienced family law attorney. Even during the initial mediation process, an attorney can make sure you are prepared, and you know what is ahead. Legal counsel can make a huge difference in the outcome of a custody battle.

Contact a Cape May County Attorney Today 

If you or a loved one is engaged in a custody battle in Cape May County, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

Contact a Family Law Attorney Today!

Slide3

Attorney Joseph D. Lento has more than a decade of experience practicing Family Law in New Jersey. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you and your family, contact our offices today. Family Law Attorney Joseph Lento will go above and beyond the needs for any client and fight for what is fair.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania and New Jersey attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations – the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, Outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance is educational advice, and does not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.

Menu