Navigating child custody laws in New Jersey is no easy task. Not only can the laws be confusing and intimidating, but often, those trying to move through the process are already under extreme emotional stress. No one wants to battle the other parent of their child for custody, but ultimately, thousands of people must go through this painful process.
If you've been doing your research, you probably know some common types of child custody arrangements in New Jersey. Joint custody is the most common type of arrangement. Other, less common, types of New Jersey child custody arrangements include:
- Interstate Custody Arrangements
- Sole Custody Without Visitation
In addition to interstate custody arrangements and sole custody arrangements, some parents may find they're subject to what's known as the Tender Years Doctrine. This doctrine isn't a law but describes a belief that younger children belong with their mothers. Most can agree that, in today's day and age, fathers can be just as qualified as mothers to care for very young children.
Interstate Custody Arrangements
When a court orders a certain custody arrangement, it will weigh the child's best interest by performing a child custody evaluation. The situation of parents living in different states isn't always ideal for the child, but it still happens. Courts are unlikely to grant custody to a parent who moves to a new state and will prefer the child stay within their home state. During a tumultuous time, kids need to maintain connections with their local community, which plays a significant role in the court's determination.
Sometimes a parent does need to move out of state for a new job or to care for elderly parents. It's best to work with the parent to figure out the best custody arrangement for your child.
Sole Custody without Visitation
You've undoubtedly heard of sole custody arrangements. These occur when one parent can't or won't take physical custody of the child. The court doesn't like to award sole custody without visitation in NJ unless it's absolutely necessary. The consensus is that children benefit from having a relationship with both parents. Cutting one parent out entirely isn't good for the child, but it could be ordered if one parent suffers from a substance abuse disorder or is otherwise unable to be around the child.
More often, sole custody is awarded visitation rights, which allow the non-custodial parent time with their child.
Call a New Jersey Family Law Attorney
If you're facing a custody battle or if you need to modify an existing custody agreement, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento. With vast experience helping families through custody issues in New Jersey, Attorney Lento can help you and your family navigate the confusing and often painful process. To learn how Attorney Lento and his dedicated team can help you, contact us online, or call 888-535-3686 today.