Understanding Child Custody
Wondering what will happen with your children after a divorce can keep you up at night. Whether you are currently the primary caregiver, and want to make sure it stays that way, or you are not the primary caregiver and are worried that your partner will keep your children from you, these family issues have a huge impact on your life. In order to face them with confidence, you need the assurance that you have an ally in the form of a good family law attorney.
At Minion & Sherman, we have helped many clients through the process of custody arrangements, helping them prioritize their needs while moving on from divorce. We can help you protect yourself and your family during this challenging time.
Commonly Asked Questions About Custody
Because our attorneys have deep experience in New Jersey family law, we have answered countless questions for clients over the years. Read on to see some of the most commonly asked ones we receive.
How is custody determined? The court will make the ultimate determination if the parents cannot agree among themselves. If the court needs to decide, it will consider aspects like the current care arrangements, the parents’ jobs, and health and other factors.
What is laid out in a parenting plan? Anything can be laid out in a parenting plan. It is always better to be more specific rather than less when these plans are concerned. Parents can decide general things like who receives the children for which holidays, or specific matters like who picks up the children from school.
Does my child have a say? The courts generally do take the child’s wishes into account should they need to determine custody.
How long does it take to arrange custody? It can take any amount of time. If the parents can agree and are amicable, it can be resolved quickly. If the parents’ relationship is bad, it can take months.
Like most family law matters, questions surrounding custody have very different answers depending on your exact situation. That is why we take the time to sit down with each client and really get to know them and their goals. We then craft a strategy to achieve those goals, easing our clients’ minds by being available and responsive to them throughout the process. You can trust that we will be your tenacious advocate, working carefully to ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome possible.