Options for Child Custody in New Jersey
If you are going through a divorce with children involved, there are several options for child custody in New Jersey. Our job as experienced Jersey City family law attorneys is to help you find the solution that is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Options for Child Custody in New Jersey | Sole Custody
If a party is considering getting a divorce in New Jersey and there’s children involved, one option is having sole custody. There’s two different types of sole custody: sole legal custody and sole physical custody. Sole legal custody revolves around the major decision-making. If a person has sole legal custody, that means that they are the only parent that gets to make those major decisions such as major medical decisions and major educational decisions. However, this is fairly rare because the other parent would have to be deemed unfit in order to have sole legal custody.
Sole physical custody involves where the child is living. If a party has sole physical custody, that means they have more than five overnights a week with the child. That would make that parent sole physical custodian.
Options for Child Custody in New Jersey | Changing a Parenting Time Order
In New Jersey, if you’re dissatisfied with a current parenting time order, you can certainly go to court, file a motion, and seek additional parenting time. That would depend on the circumstances and factors involved, such as you may have had one overnight every other week and now you want to have Friday through Sunday or Friday through Monday. Depending on your circumstances and the age of the child, that could possibly be accomplished.
Options for Child Custody in New Jersey | Splitting College Costs
In New Jersey, the laws concerning contribution for college depend on several circumstances, mainly the respective incomes of the parties. The child first must try to obtain any scholarships, or grants, or student loans that are available prior to the parents being required to pay for college. The parents would pay in proportion to their income and certainly with respect to their ability to pay.
If you have any further questions about New Jersey custody arrangements, please call our experienced New Jersey family law attorney today for a free case review.