If you’re a divorcing parent, likely the most important thing to you is ensuring your child can have a good life. Unfortunately, when matters of child custody come into play, raising a child can become even more complicated. If you’re dealing with any custody-related issue, you need a competent legal team in your corner. Contact a New Jersey child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC today to learn more about how we can help.
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Child Custody in New Jersey
If you can’t agree on a custody agreement with your spouse, likely a judge will make that decision on your behalf. For this reason, you need a competent attorney in your corner who can work to ensure your side of the story is heard. Courts will consider several factors when determining a custody agreement, though their number one priority will be your child’s best interests. Some of the factors courts in New Jersey will consider are as follows:
- The bond each parent has with the child
- If the child is old or mature enough, whether he or she has a preference
- Whether each parent can provide a safe environment for the child
- The needs of the child
- The child’s schedule
- The child’s extended family
- Any other factor the court deems relevant to your child’s best interests
Changing a Custody Agreement
As you probably know, life changes after a divorce, and so do a child’s schedule and needs. Really, anything can happen in the months or years following a divorce, and because of this, courts are open to modifying custody agreements when they no longer reflect a child’s best interests. For example, if one parent develops a substance abuse issue or exposes the child to an incident of domestic violence, courts will likely allow the other parent to get sole custody of the child, as the other parent may be considered a danger to the child’s best interests.
On the other hand, however, if one parent was initially denied custody on the basis of a substance abuse issue but has proven they’ve taken the steps needed to remedy the issue (rehab, counseling, etc.) they may request some form of custody so they can continue to be a part of their child’s life.
Contact a Child Custody Lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC
Whether you’re seeking custody of your child or are looking to modify an existing custody agreement, our firm is here to help. Contact a child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced legal team.