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When the parents of children do not live together, certain issues must be spelled out. First and foremost, is the issue of custody: both residential and legal custody (including who makes the major decisions for the children). Determining how you and your children’s other parent will handle custody may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
At Vito A. Brunetti, Esq., LLC, we understand that in addition to your child’s best interests, you want to ensure the situation adequately addresses the needs of each parent. We can help your family reach a resolution that works for everyone involved.
Understanding Custody Situations
If you are currently trying to determine a custody arrangement, we can help outline the number of options available. New Jersey recognizes both legal custody and physical custody of a child.
Legal custody refers to the parent or parents who can make a decision regarding the health, education, welfare and safety of the child.
Physical, also known as residential, custody refers to where the child lives. There are many different ways physical custody can manifest. In New Jersey, parents should have an understanding of their choices, including the following:
Sole Custody: Where the child lives full time with one of the parents.
Joint Custody: Also referred to as shared parenting, this refers to a situation in which children split their time between parents.
Depending on which custodial situation works best for your family, there are subsequent issues to be addressed, including parenting time and child support.
Mr. Brunetti can help you develop a comprehensive plan that addresses all the matters surrounding child custody.
How Is Custody Determined?
Not every couple will have to go to court in order to work out an agreement. In many cases, we can help put together a plan that works for both parents and avoids litigation. In other situations, we will provide compassionate and reliable representation in order to secure the best possible outcome. We will outline the statutory factors that New Jersey will take into account when determining custody, which will include the particular needs of a child.
Working With Us
At Vito A. Brunetti, Esq., LLC, we take the time to listen to our clients to understand their concerns. We know that the decisions you have to make regarding your child’s living situation are at the top of your priority list. Family law matters often come with high emotional stakes. In order to secure the best possible outcome, it is important to be able to have an objective point of view. Mr. Brunetti will be invested in your case and take a step back to look at the big picture, helping your family make sound decisions.
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