4 Child Custody Questions
Do you have questions about child custody? Check out these 4 child custody questions for guidance, then contact our New Jersey lawyers today.
1. Does Family Court Favor the Mothers?
Many of my male clients ask me, “What are my chances, realistically, of having more parenting time than the child’s mother wants to allow?” or “What about having custody of the children?” Over the last 10 to 15 years, the law has changed considerably. Whereas, previously, the mother was nearly always presumed to be the parent of residence for the children, today, that perspective has changed significantly. While the mother is still very likely to be the parent of primary residence, that number is currently approaching 50/50. I’ve had many cases in which the father has been able to become the parent of primary residence – the place where the child stays in the majority of time.
Many factors must be considered. One is the location of the two parties. If the parties live down the street from each other, the non-custodial parent will have a lot more parenting time. On the other hand, if the parties live several towns apart, that time will be less. If one of the parties lives out-of-state, there will be far less parenting time for the other parent, just because of geographics that don’t lend themselves to joint residential sharing of the children or parenting time.
2. Unhappy with Current Parenting Time Order?
Many times as a New Jersey Child Custody Attorney, I am asked what to do if you are unhappy with the result of a current parenting time order.
- You will need to go to the courthouse, and file a motion with the judge to request more visitation.
3. How Can Drug or Alcohol Use Affect Parenting Time?
- If a parent is dealing with addiction or anger issues, these matters must be brought up to the court in a motion to correct the problem.
4. When Can a Child be Emancipated?
- The general age of emancipation is 18 years.
- If a child is in a 4-year college, they will not be considered emancipated until the child has graduated.
Are you or a loved one going through the divorce process and have questions about child custody? After reading these 4 child custody questions, contact our New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer today to schedule your free legal consultation and case evaluation.