Courts Favoring the Mother

Does Family Court Favor the Mothers?

In this video, Attorney Brian Freeman discusses whether the family courts are favoring the mother over the father.  Contact one of our experienced child custody attorneys in New Jersey to guide you through the process.

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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.

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