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Legal issues that affect your children can be some of the most challenging and emotionally charged. Parents often face these matters with a list of fears. Will I be cut off from my kids? How will I manage to co-parent with my ex? How will fighting in court affect them?

At Shane & White, LLC, we understand these concerns because we talk with clients about them almost every day. As experienced attorneys, we have seen how child custody disputes affect parents and children. We have also seen the best ways for families to resolve conflicts while minimizing the impact on the children.

Why Choose Shane & White, LLC for Your Custody Case

When you work with us, you will gain support from a caring and thorough team of lawyers and support staff. We will talk with you about your situation and create a strategy to protect your family and your future. We’ll be with you the whole way through the process so that you can trust that the best possible results will be achieved. Moreover, our attorneys are prepared to take your custody dispute to trial if necessary.

Because we have in-depth knowledge of New Jersey family law, we are well suited to guide parents through divorces or paternity proceedings in which child custody is an issue. We can also assist with modification and enforcement of existing court orders and parenting plans.

Here’s What you Should Know About Custody in New Jersey

In New Jersey, custody is actually divided into two different categories: legal custody and physical custody.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is the authority to make major decisions about your child’s life, like where she will go to school, what medical treatment she will receive and whether she will attend church or synagogue.

Physical Custody

Physical custody is what most people think of when they consider child custody. It is the time that a child spends in the care of the parent. In New Jersey, the parent with whom the children live most of the time (51% or more) is designated the “Parent of Primary Residence.” The other parent is designated the “Parent of Alternate Residence.”

Each family is different. There is no one right arrangement for every family. To find the best possible arrangement for your family, New Jersey courts consider “the best interests of the child.” They examine a series of factors, including the child’s physical health and safety and emotional needs, as well as factors related to the parents’ ability to communicate and work together to parent their children. The court will also consider parties’ plans for relocation after divorce, whether it be in close proximity to the marital home, or states away.

Generally, the parent who does not have primary residential custody has parenting time or visitation with the minor child(ren). This plan is usually negotiated by the parents and their lawyers. If they are unable to come to an agreement, the parents will proceed to court, and a judge will make the determination.

Sometimes, custody experts—including child psychologists, therapists or licensed clinical social workers—are brought in to assist the court in making the final determination. We often collaborate with these experts, especially when custody becomes highly contested or when one parent’s behavior endangers the child’s safety

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Mr. White did an excellent job in all aspects of my case. Unfortunately, I had dealt with a lawyer previously who left my case in limbo. Mr. White picked up the pieces and through diligent work and good communication with me, I ended up with a favorable settlement and joint custody of my children. Mr. White’s prices were fair. I will also say that the people who worked in his office were-. Read More

Talk With a Family Law Attorney Who Can Answer Your Questions

When a legal issue affects your kids, get help from a knowledgeable legal team. Call Shane & White, LLC, at 732-819-9100 or contact us online. We can arrange an in-person consultation with a family law attorney who can answer your questions.