Category: Child Custody

Category: Child Custody


When parents are not married, there could be more legal complications regarding children if they split up, or if the parents were never together as a couple in the first place. This is why the New Jersey Court’s have a whole separate part of the Courthouse to assist and help those father’s who were never married to the other parent.  Unmarried fathers who wish to be part of their children’s lives may first need to take steps to establish that they are indeed t[ ... ]


Fathers sometimes believe that they are not given the same consideration as mothers in child custody decisions. While the law technically does not favor one parent over the other, sometimes it may feel to men like mothers have more rights than fathers. Traditionally, mothers in the past had an edge because they were stay-at-home caretakers, while fathers were wage ea[ ... ]


If you and your child’s other parent are involved in a custody battle, you may be wondering what not to do to have the best chance at getting your desired custody and visitation arrangement. There are several things that can be detrimental to you in a child custody dispute, as well as detrimental to your child. Your deep love for your child shouldn’t be converted into an emotional test of wills over custody. Rather, you need to consider what is best for yo[ ... ]


The process to determine child custody can be a long one, especially when it is highly contentious. This situation can be a significant cause of concern for parents who have real worries about the welfare of their children when in the care of the other parent. For this reason, New Jersey law offers a potential solution through an emergency custody order. An emergency custody order can award a parent with custody of the child immediately or almost immediately, dependi[ ... ]

Rights and Responsibilities as a Non-Custodial Father

Whether you are divorced, separated or were never married to your child’s mother, as a non-custodial father in New Jersey, you have clear legal rights. New Jersey law recognizes that it is in a child’s best interests to spend time with both parents in most cases, and it does not presume that a mother is more fit or qualified to raise a child than a father.[ ... ]

Who Has Custody of a Child When the Parents Are Not Married in New Jersey?

As hard as it is for some divorcing couples to resolve child-related legal issues, the task can be even more difficult for New Jersey parents who were never married. Unmarried parents often have additional steps to take before they can resolve any disputes regarding child custody, visitation, and child support. One of the first steps is to establish the father’s paternity—without paternity being established, a man will not have custody or visitation rights. If you[ ... ]

How Does New Jersey Determine a Child’s Best Interests?

How Does New Jersey Determine a Child’s Best Interests? As a parent, going through a divorce means establishing the legal right to spend time with your children and continue playing an active role in their development. While under New Jersey law neither mothers nor fathers are favored in child custody proceedings—rather the courts are supposed to make decisions based on the best interests of children--the reality is that sometimes doesn’t play out the[ ... ]

Do Mothers Have More Rights Than Fathers in Custody Disputes?

Please Note: Our practice focuses on cases that occur in New Jersey. If you’re in a custody dispute with your child’s mother, you may wonder, do mothers have more rights than fathers? Legally, the answer to this question is “no.” Mother’s don’t have more rights than fathers. Under New Jersey’s child custody law, both parents start o[ ... ]

Can You Change a Custody Agreement Without Going to Court?

After divorce, getting a custody and visitation agreement in place means the chance to move forward with your life with some semblance of stability of a schedule. The children (and the parents) develop a routine. But then, after a period of time, perhaps circumstances change – a parent moves out of state for a job or remarries, f[ ... ]

Regular Overnight Stays With Dad Are Best for Most Young Children

Times are changing, and for fathers who are preparing to get divorced, that’s a good thing. While there used to be a perception that it was in a child’s best interests to be raised by his or her mother following a divorce, this is no longer the guiding principle in child custody matters. It is now written into New Jersey law that, “the rights of both parents shal[ ... ]

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