Sole vs. Joint Physical Custody
When you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse create a child custody agreement during divorce negotiations, you may choose between a sole custody or joint custody arrangement, which must be approved by the court. New Jersey typically encourages joint custody, in which both parents are present in the life of the child. However, in some situation, a sole custody arrangement in which one parent has primary responsibility for the child may be preferable.
Determining which type of custody is best for your family can be a difficult process, and sometimes it’s best to have legal representation on your side during this time. If you are going through divorce negotiations and want to make sure that your child custody arrangement suits your needs, contact an experienced Monmouth County child support lawyer of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., today, by calling our office at (732) 898-2378.
Determining Child Custody
The court always considers the “best interests of the child” to be the top priority when creating custody arrangements. Some of the factors that contribute to the court’s determination of the best child custody arrangement include:
- Current and projected incomes of both parents
- Specific wishes of the child / children
- Living situations of both parents
- “Fault” or “cause” of the divorce
- Educational opportunities or institutions near the child’s homes
- Medical or physical needs of the child
All of these factors might be considered when a court is deciding whether parents will have a joint custody agreement or sole custody arrangement.
Divorce is difficult, but you can increase your chances of getting the custody agreement that you want with the help of a dedicated legal representative fighting for you. Contact a qualified Monmouth County divorce attorney the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., today at (732) 898-2378 to learn more about how we can serve you.