Custody Disputes

Fighting For Custody What You Need To Know

In making custody determinations, courts attempt to protect children's "best interests." This standard ensures a child's safety, happiness, and physical, mental and moral welfare. Parental wishes will be rejected if the court deems they are inconsistent with this standard. At the law offices of Morris, Downing & Sherred, our Sparta child custody attorneys will protect your rights and fight for you and your children. With more than a century of experience protecting New Jersey families, we understand the challenges you face.

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The court has an affirmative duty to facilitate the best interest of the child by attaining for the child the love and affection of both parents rather than one. When the court is required to make a ruling on either legal or physical custody, there are several factors it must consider. These factors include:

  • The ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters related to the child
  • The parent's willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent
  • The preference of the child when of sufficient age of capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision
  • The stability of the home environment
  • The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation and the parent's employment responsibility

In most contested custody disputes, the parties, and sometimes the court, will obtain the assistance of mental health professionals to perform custody evaluations and make recommendations to the court as to what kind of custody arrangement would be in the best interest of the child.

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If you are ready to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you fight for your children, we encourage you to contact us today. We can also be reached by phone at 973-383-2700. From our Newton offices, our Sparta child custody attorneys are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you explore your options.