Child Custody & Visitation: Protecting What Matters Most
There are few issues more emotionally charged in a divorce than child custody and visitation. While relationships between spouses may end, the parent-child bond must be preserved at all costs.
At the law offices of Wolfenson & Ashkenazi, P.C., our attorneys are here to 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.
Family law attorney Andrew Wolfenson has over 40 years combined experience negotiating (and when necessary, litigating) child custody and visitation arrangements for families in Union, Cedar Knolls and throughout northern and central New Jersey.
Legal And Residential Child Custody
In the statutes governing child custody rights and child visitation rights, New Jersey divides custody into two distinct types:
- Legal custody: 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: Where your child will live on a day-to-day basis.
In some divorces, one parent will have primary residential custody and the other parent will have visitation. A basic visitation schedule could include 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
We take a practical, child-first 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 always 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 modified if there is a significant change in circumstances in the future.