Child Custody Attorneys
In a divorce, often the most difficult and emotional decisions involve determining the custody arrangement of the children. At Obermayer, we realize there is nothing more important than the safety and health of your children. Our Camden County custody attorneys work tirelessly to ensure the best interest of your children is obtained.
Types of Child Custody in New Jersey
Like most states, New Jersey considers what is in the best interest of the child when determining custody. Additionally, New Jersey courts consider both parents equal concerning their custody rights unless unusual circumstances exist. This usually means most parents share joint legal custody.
In Camden County, there are many types of custody. The two main kinds of custody are legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child including decisions regarding education, religion and medical care. In most cases, parents share legal custody. Physical custody is the actual physical possession or who the child lives with on a day-to-day basis.
Sole custody refers to one parent having either sole legal or sole physical custody or both. This parent is often called the primary caregiver. The parent with sole custody has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the child. Depending on the circumstances the non-custodial parent would have appropriate parenting time or visitation.
Joint shared custody is where both parents share the responsibility of caring for the child. The child splits his/her time living with both parents and both parents should work together in making major decisions for the child.
Factors Considered in Custody Arrangements
If parents cannot agree about custody arrangements then, typically, the parties would have to go to court and a judge would determine custody. In New Jersey, custody arrangement are based on the best interests of the child, however other factors are also taken consideration. Some of these factors include the:
- Safety of the child if for example one parent is abusive.
- Stability of both parents’ homes.
- Continuity of your child's education or whether your child would have to change schools, and how good of an education s/he will receive.
- Distance between parents’ residences.
Custody and visitation decisions are never considered to be final so it is very important that you get a New Jersey attorney whose practices focused in child custody matters. Obermayer’s Camden County custody lawyers provide counsel and representation in the following child custody issues:
- Custody Agreements
- Modifications to Child Custody Agreements
- Third party child custody and visitation rights
- Child Support
Usually, in New Jersey, only a child's biological parents can seek custody of their minor child. In very limited circumstances, however, other adults who are not the biological parents, such as grandparents, may seek partial or primary custody of a minor child.
Contact Our Camden County Law Firm
Obermayer’s New Jersey family law attorneys are exceptional and prominent attorneys who cumulatively have a strong record of accomplishments. Our attorneys hold leadership positions in local, county, state and national bar associations. Consistently, our attorneys receive top rankings from their peers, and regularly are listed in “Super Lawyers” and are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, many of our lawyers publish and lecture on all aspects of divorce, child custody, child support and spousal support, and other family law topics
With 13 lawyers, Obermayer is one of the region’s largest family law practices. Our attorneys represent clients throughout New Jersey including Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Ocean County and Atlantic County, as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware.