There is nothing more complicated about separation or divorce than the welfare and support of your children. It is essential that you have New Jersey child custody lawyers to help you understand how New Jersey courts make decisions related to parenting including legal custody, physical custody and visitation arrangements.
In New Jersey, legal custody refers to who has the authority to make major decisions regarding your child’s upbringing. Though this is a critical decision, legal custody does not dictate how much time you spend with your child. Physical custody, however, refers to where your child will live and with which parent your child will reside. Visitation determines how and when a parent without physical custody sees a child.
What Is the Best Parenting Arrangement for Your Children?
For many, this is more complicated than any other question related to divorce. Whether during negotiation or litigation, at Andres Mejer & Associates, we are committed to helping you determine the best interests of your child. Many couples successfully achieve a co-parenting arrangement by focusing on the well-being of their children. This is your ideal goal. This amicable arrangement puts a focus on your children’s needs and subsequently includes a collaborative approach to parenting.
Your parenting plan will likely include child visitation for the parent who does not have primary custody to spend meaningful time with the child. In almost all custody and divorce cases involving children, the judge will give the parent who does not have physical custody child visitation.
If there is a history of child abuse or neglect, you can request supervised visitation. In rare cases, a court may grant “no visitation.” If you worry about your child’s health or safety, be sure to talk to your attorney as soon as possible about these critical issues.
How to Calculate Child Support
In New Jersey, the law requires that both parents contribute to a child support. For most couples, support is calculated pursuant to guidelines using a formula that considers:
- both parents’ incomes,
- tax withholdings,
- percentage of time the child spends overnight at each home,
- medical insurance premiums for the child, and
- employment-related day care.
Contact New Jersey Child Custody Lawyers to Navigate Child Custody Laws
We can address any fears and anxieties that you may have about your child’s future. A seasoned New Jersey divorce lawyer will work with you every step of the way; moreover, he can ensure that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.