Whether mom and dad are married or not, child custody and parenting time are primary issues of concern. In some cases, parents may actually delay ending their relationship for what they perceive as the sake of the children. There are different schools of opinion regarding the concept of staying together for the kids. Nevertheless, the dynamics of every family are distinctive. What may work for one will not necessarily be feasible for another.
Ocean County Attorney Jeremy S. Price of the Law Offices of DiFrancia & Price P.C. understands the sensitive nature of determining child custody and parenting time. Something as casual as a spur of the moment visit to the park may now require adhering to a schedule. Additionally, divorced or unmarried parents often feel they miss out on important milestones in their children’s lives.
In a best-case scenario, parents who decide to split will compromise to ensure their kids are able to thrive from what appears to be a bad situation. However, this is not always possible. Some marital and other relationship breaks come with a history. Resentment, jealousy, and even fear all add to an adversarial climate.
Like many states, New Jersey law rests primarily on the best interests of the child standard. Notwithstanding, the court also considers other factors when making decisions about child custody and parenting time.
Child Custody in New Jersey
The laws regarding child custody in New Jersey start at NJSA 9:2-1, et seq. Parents have equal rights when it comes to interacting with their children. In fact, family law courts encourage mothers and fathers to foster frequent and continuous contact with both. The end goal is for the parents to be involved in child-rearing and associated responsibilities.