Decisions today about custody, parenting time and child support will have a lasting impact on you and your children for many years to come. While you are ending a relationship, you are both still parents. The custody and support arrangements you reach will have a direct impact on your children’s lives. Whether you work out an agreement together or a judge settles the matter, experienced legal counsel is critical.
At Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C., we help people resolve child custody and support issues as smoothly as possible. We always keep in mind the best interests of your children. Shielding them from unnecessary conflict is important to us and to you. As family law attorneys, our goals are simple: protect your parental rights while focusing on the safety and security of your children.
Based in Roseland, we serve clients in Essex County, Union County, Morris County, Bergen County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County and throughout New Jersey. Contact our family law lawyers at (973) 403-9200 (fax 973-364-1403) or contact them online at http://www.starrgern.com. You may also contact our family law litigators directly at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a convenient office location in Roseland near Route 24 and right off Route 280. We also offer evening and weekend appointments and accept major credit cards.
Determining Child Custody
In the best-case scenario, you and the other parent can negotiate a child custody arrangement and parenting schedule out of court through negotiation or mediation. This gives you more control over the outcome, reduces the time and expense, and lessens the stress.
If you are contesting physical custody or parenting time (where the child lives), or legal custody (decision-making authority over the child), and cannot resolve it out of court, a judge or neutral selected arbitrator will determine the outcome. Our skilled New Jersey custody lawyers will advocate on your behalf. The judge will then make a custody determination that is in the best interests of the child, based on factors such as:
- The parents’ ability to communicate and agree on issues regarding the child
- The relationship between the child and each parent, as well as siblings
- Any history of abuse by either parent
- The preference of the child, if the child is old enough to form an intelligent opinion
- The physical distance between the parents’ homes
- The parents’ work schedules
The primary method to determine child support in New Jersey is to use the state child support guidelines, which are based primarily on incomes and amount of parenting time. Our role is to ensure that the court has the most accurate information, particularly if one party is self-employed and may not be reporting all sources of income. We also represent clients in modification hearings if financial circumstances change, and in enforcement actions if the obligor is not paying court-ordered support.
Contact a Roseland, New Jersey, Child Support Lawyer
Please contact us to arrange a confidential consultation with an experienced, compassionate New Jersey child custody attorney. You may reach our family law lawyers at 973-403-9200 or contact them online at http://www.starrgern.com. You may also contact our family law litigators directly at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a convenient office location in Roseland near Route 24 and right off Route 280. We also offer evening and weekend appointments and accept major credit cards.
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