New Jersey Child Custody Attorneys
Trusted Child Custody Lawyer in New York Assists Clients with Protecting the Interests of Their Children in Bergen County, Hudson County, Queens County, Long Island, and Throughout North Jersey and NYC
When parents separate or divorce, it is necessary to establish a custody arrangement that balances both parents’ rights to a close relationship with their children and the children’s interests and safety. Negotiating or litigating child custody is never an easy task for parents, who understandably will want to maximize the time they can spend with their children during their youth. For over 15 years, the New Jersey child custody attorneys of Choi Law Firm have been vigorously advocating on behalf of clients in custody matters throughout NYC and New Jersey.
If your child’s interests and your relationship with your child are at stake, turn to one of the top child custody firms in Bergen County, Hudson County, Queens County, Long Island, and throughout North Jersey and NYC for effective legal advocacy you need. Reach out to Choi Law Firm for an initial case evaluation to learn more about your options.
Types of Child Custody That Our New Jersey Child Custody Attorneys Can Help You Pursue
The New Jersey child custody attorneys of Choi Law Firm have extensive experience helping clients to pursue all kinds of child custody arrangements, including:
- Sole physical custody, where one parent has the exclusive right to exercise physical control
- Sole legal custody, where only one parent is authorized to make child care decisions, including with respect to the child’s medical care, education, and moral/religious upbringing
- Joint physical custody, where both parents have time where they exercise physical control (although joint custody arrangements do not necessarily mean each parent gets equal time)
- Joint legal custody, where both parents must agree on child-rearing decisions
- Visitation time, where a parent who does not have physical custody gets to spend supervised or unsupervised time with their child
What do Courts Consider when Deciding on Child Custody?
In deciding on a child custody arrangement, courts are required to determine if an arrangement is in the child’s best interests. The best interest analysis requires courts to look at multiple factors, such as:
- The extent and quality of each parent’s relationship with the child
- The parents’ ability to agree and cooperate in co-parenting
- Each parent’s willingness to permit parenting time and to foster a relationship between their child and their co-parent
- Any history of neglect, abuse, or abandonment of the child, or interference with the co-parent’s visitation or custody rights
- Any history of domestic violence or drug/alcohol abuse
- The child’s relationship with siblings/half-siblings/step-siblings
- The respective finances of the parents and their ability to support their child
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- The suitability of each parent’s home environment, as well as each parent’s ability to furnish appropriate childcare
- Maintaining continuity of the child’s education, extracurricular activities, and social relationships
- The geographic proximity of the parents’ homes
- The child’s stated preferences, if the court finds that the child is mature enough to express an intelligent, reasoned preference
How a Child Custody Lawyer in New York from Choi Law Firm Can Help You Protect Your Relationship with Your Child
When you are negotiating a custody arrangement or seeking to enforce your rights under an existing order, let Choi Law Firm, one of the top child custody firms in NYC and North Jersey, help you protect your relationship with your child or children by:
- Sitting down with you to explain your legal rights and options for pursuing an initial custody order, modifying an existing order to protect your and your children’s rights, or seeking to enforce an order when your co-parent is violating your rights
- Thoroughly investigating your family’s circumstances to have the evidence necessary to argue for your preferred custody arrangement
- Working with you to prepare a proposed custody order, including negotiating on your behalf with your co-parent and their counsel to try to reach a fair agreement on custody and parenting time
- Pursuing your rights in court when necessary for you to fight for your and your children’s interest
Turn to One of the Top Child Custody Firms to Pursue a Positive Outcome in Your Case
Do not leave the details of your family’s custody arrangement to chance. Contact the New York child custody attorneys of Choi Law Firm today for a confidential consultation to learn more about how our firm can assist you in your child custody case.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Custody in NY/NJ
If you and your ex can reach an agreement regarding custody and parenting time, you legally do not need to involve the court with your family’s custody arrangement. However, if you and your ex can reach a child custody settlement, it may be advisable to file your agreement with the court to turn it into an enforceable court order. Without a court order, either you or your ex may choose to stop following your custody agreement at any time. However, with a court order, if your ex refuses to follow the agreement you both reached, you can file a motion with the court to enforce the order, which may allow you to obtain relief such as reimbursement of your legal fees or makeup parenting time.
No. In New York and New Jersey, courts make custody and parenting time determinations in a gender-neutral fashion. Custody orders are not based on the gender of either the parent or the child.
One of the factors that courts may consider when deciding on child custody is the reasonable preferences of the child. To consider a child’s preference, the court must first find that the child is old enough and mature enough to be capable of expressing a reasoned preference. But a child’s preference is only one of the factors that a court may take into consideration. Ultimately, the court must find a custody arrangement that serves the child’s best interest, even if that arrangement is not the child’s top preference.
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