When a couple with children divorces, child custody and support are two of the biggest issues that need to be worked out as part of their divorce settlement. In New Jersey, children are required to maintain contact with both parents following a divorce, unless there is a reason why one or both parents’ parental rights are terminated.
Many divorced couples split custody of their children following their divorce. This type of custody arrangement is known as a shared custody arrangement. When a couple has shared custody of their children, the court may determine the schedule that best fits the children’s needs. For example, the parents might alternate weeks with the children or, if this is not a viable option, the children might spend Monday through Friday with one parent every week, alternating between both parents’ homes each weekend.
The court determines their custody schedule by examining the family with a list of factors regarding each parent’s ability to provide for the child. The court makes this determination with the child’s best interest in mind.
The court uses the following factors to develop a custody arrangement for a divorcing couple’s children:
In today’s world of dual-income households and changing gender norms, fathers are no longer every other weekend parents and are striving to have a shared custody arrangement with their children than they have been in the past. New Jersey’s courts do not consider a parent’s gender when determining custody – only his or her ability to provide and care for the child.
To learn more about child custody determination in New Jersey, contact The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC. today at (732) 365-3299 to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm. We can answer any questions you have about child custody and related issues and provide you with high quality legal representation. We proudly serve clients in Middlesex, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, and Mercer counties.