What Factors Are Considered When Determining Child Custody?

Posted June 17th, 2013 by .

Categories: Family Law.

child-custody-new-jerseyLike many states, New Jersey uses a “best interest of the child” standard when courts determine child custody in a divorce. However, the best interests of the child are not always easily seen or readily apparent. Determining the best interests of your child is a difficult task, and Jersey City divorce attorney Anthony Carbone can help you with this question.

Under New Jersey state law, it is assumed that regular contact with both parents is in the best interests of the child, though certain circumstances can change that. However, there are other factors that go into determining a child’s best interests and which custody arrangement can best serve those interests.

These factors include:

  • Your child’s relationship with each parent
  • The parents’ willingness and ability to communicate with each other
  • Stability of both parents
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • The child’s preference
  • Practical considerations (such as distance between the homes, distance between the homes and the child’s school and related issues)

This is obviously not an exhaustive list. Child custody statutes are complicated, and having a skilled divorce lawyer on your side can greatly aid you as you try to come up with a fair arrangement.

If you live in New Jersey and you need a Jersey City divorce lawyer to help with child custody questions, please contact The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today.

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