Dedicated Union Child Custody Lawyer Serving New Jersey
There are few issues more emotionally charged in a divorce than child custody and visitation. Many fathers, for example, are especially concerned about losing their rights as parents. However, in New Jersey as in other states, legal custody of children is shared almost 100 percent of the time. Se habla Español / Fala-se Português.
At the law offices of Andrew M. Wolfenson, Esq., P.C. in Union and Cedar Knolls, we will help you focus on the real issues: looking out for your child's best interests and preserving your parent-child relationship after the end of your marriage. Lawyer Andrew Wolfenson has almost 20 years of experience negotiating (and when necessary, litigating) child custody and visitation arrangements for families in northern and central New Jersey.
Legal and Residential Child Custody
New Jersey has two types of child custody:
- Legal custody, which is the legal right to make important decisions about your child's life, including religious upbringing, medical care and education. Legal Custody in New Jersey is generally shared between both parents unless there are strong reasons for a court to determine otherwise.
- Residential or physical custody, which is where your child will live on a day-to-day basis.
In most divorces, one parent will have primary residential custody and the other parent will have visitation. A basic visitation schedule could be every other weekend, one night during the week, alternate holidays and an extended period of time in the summer. However, many other arrangements can be negotiated between the parents.
Resolving Child Custody and Visitation Disputes
Attorney Andrew Wolfenson takes a practical approach to resolving child custody and visitation issues. We will explore solutions to avoid costly, prolonged litigation. A parenting plan is often a delicate balancing act. In the end, it is the best interests of the child that are most important.
Kids have homework and extracurricular activities, and need the stability of a home base. However, there are many ways to maximize the noncustodial parent's right to see the child. For example, we always seek to arrange for children to spend Father’s Day with their father and Mother’s day with their mother, as well as making special accommodations for everyone’s birthdays, no matter in whose specific weekend those holidays and special days occur.
Child custody and visitation arrangements can be changed if there is a significant change in circumstances in the future.
Free Attorney Consultation
For sound and compassionate legal counsel in child custody and visitation matters, contact us for an appointment. Your initial consultation with a lawyer is free.