Developing a Comprehensive Child Custody Plan
Child custody in the state of New Jersey is based on the statute Title 9, which provides that custody determinations shall be based upon the best interests of the children.
At the family law practice of Musulin Law Firm, LLC, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, we discuss with our clients their visions of how to move forward, their parental rights and obligations, foreseen legal challenges, and the controlling legal principal known as the “the best interests of the children.” The custody laws of New Jersey will be explained to you during your consultation and when our lawyers are retained to represent you we will devise a custody plan after presenting options of how to proceed.
Custody Outcomes Affect Children’s And Parents’ Lives Forever
Christopher Rade Musulin, Esquire, has settled and also litigated child custody cases for over three decades; he is highly skilled in handling all phases of trial procedure and working with custody experts, when necessary. Attorney Musulin has a dynamic presence in a court of law as well as in private settings while negotiating on behalf of his clients; he prepares for court appearances well before the scheduled date and demands the same performance from the other attorneys at Musulin Law Firm, LLC.
Understanding The Different Types Of Child Custody In New Jersey
There are two levels of child custody:
- Legal custody generally means the right to make major life decisions for the child such as medical decisions, educational decisions, religious upbringing and general welfare. Legal custody is generally shared between the parents in joint custody arrangements, unless one of the parents has been abusive or neglectful, or it has been proven that it is not in the best interest of the child for the parents to share legal custody. In that situation, one parent could have sole legal custody.
- Physical or residential custody is a term used to explain who has physical custody or who primarily provides for the child’s needs on a day-to-day basis. In cases where one parent is granted sole physical custody, the other parent generally receives visitation time.
Mediating Your Dispute
Physical or residential custody is the battleground in many divorces. It is the most challenging and problematic matter that can be presented to the court. Under New Jersey Supreme Court rules, the first step taken by the court in a contested custody matter is to send the parties to court-sponsored mediation. The court-ordered mediation is confidential.
In New Jersey, if mediation fails, the next step may be an evaluation with a forensic expert. After the expert renders a report, the parties are allowed to review it. In some instances the parties may find the recommendations helpful in fashioning a settlement. However, if either party objects to the recommendations, the party can hire their own expert and the matter may proceed to contested litigation.
In A Litigated Custody Dispute, Make Sure Your Lawyer Is Effective At Cross-Examination
Careful selection of a legal professional to handle your child custody matter is an absolute necessity to ensure that the professional you choose is able to effectively cross-examine a forensic expert or has the knowledge and expertise to choose a competent expert to evaluate your custody situation if needed in your custody matter.
Contact Our Team At Musulin Law Firm, LLC, Today
With an office in historic Mount Holly, directly across from the New Jersey Superior Court, Burlington County, we serve clients throughout the United States and overseas with matters venued in courts throughout South Jersey.