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How is child custody arranged?

Child custody can be a very sensitive topic for divorcing couples. Sometimes spouses may be too afraid of the outcome to even consider getting an official divorce. The thought of risking their relationship with their child may be too much to bear. However, judges are supposed to act in the best interest of the child. When a child custody matter is brought to court, these judges consider many factors to provide the child with the safest and happiest circumstances.

What are the types of custody for children?

There are two main custody decisions when deciding child custody. These include physical and legal custody. Physical custody decides where the child will spend more time living per week. This parent will then be known as the custodial parent. They will have more time with their child on a weekly basis since the child will reside with them most of the time. However, the other party may have consistent access to the child and nights of their own where the child can stay with them in their home. The best of cases have shown parents working together to accommodate the child’s interests in any way possible. They also can work together to make sure that they are both receiving the time they need with their child to maintain a healthy relationship.

Legal custody allows parents the authority to make important decisions in a child’s life. These decisions can be related to matters of health, education, religion and general welfare of the child. A parent may lose physical custody, but still be able to obtain legal custody. Even if a parent loses physical custody of a child, they may be entitled to visitation rights and parenting time.

What are factors that influence child custody arrangements?

When a judge decides on a child custody case, they make sure to take all factors into consideration. This is to protect the best interests of the child. Some factors can include the parent’s inclination to accept custody, the child’s safety, the child’s needs, any domestic abuse in the past, the distance between the parents’ homes, the relationship the child has with each parent, the preference the child has when of a sufficient age, the stability of each home life and the ability of the parent to act in the child’s best interests.

Due to the sensitivity of these cases, it’s important that you acquire trustworthy representation. We understand the importance of family and want to help you get a desirable outcome. Contact us if you need help with child custody matters.

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.