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Custody options in New Jersey

There are many different aspects covered by family law, and the courts must make decisions on these aspects based on various factors. While asset division is perhaps the most common part of a divorce, marriages that have children must reach a determination about child custody. For couples who divorce from a marriage that brought forth a child, child custody is perhaps the most important issue that family law will cover, as both parents usually want to spend as much time as possible with their children.

If you live in New Jersey and you are considering divorce, child custody may be an issue that you are wrestling with. You should know that there are a few different types of custody, and depending on different factors, you may be more likely to be given one option over another. The two most common types of custody are joint custody and sole custody.

As you may suspect, joint custody is an agreement in which both parents are equally or almost equally involved in a child's life. Decisions regarding educational, religious and medical issues will be discussed between both parents and agreed upon. The child may live with one parent, but may also alternate between both parents depending on how close the parents live to one another.

On the other hand, sole custody refers to a custody agreement in which the child lives with one particular parent, and that parent makes most or all of the decisions about the child's upbringing. The other parent is allowed a specified amount of visitation time. It is also worth mentioning that, in some rare instances, alternative custody arrangements may be made. Ultimately the courts will do what they believe is in the best interests of the child.

If you are going through a divorce or believe that you are about to be going through a divorce, consider consulting with an attorney to help you make a strong case for your custodial rights. If you currently have a custody arrangement that you believe is unfair, an attorney may be able to help you modify the custody arrangement.

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