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Child Custody, Parenting Time and Visitation

Skilled Newark, NJ Child Custody Lawyer Negotiates Favorable Terms

Cost-effective representation for highly emotional divorce issues

Child custody is one area of divorce litigation where the heart can overrule the head, leading to wasteful expenses without improved results. It’s important to have a knowledgeable attorney who knows the law and the predispositions of individual judges, and can advise you on the terms you should demand given your particular facts. The Anthony Pope Law Firm in Newark has dispensed sound advice in New Jersey child custody disputes for more than 30 years. You can rely on us to advocate strongly for a custody order or settlement that upholds your parental rights and operates in the best interest of your children.

New Jersey child custody and parenting time explained

Custody, which is responsibility for and authority over a child, is defined as follows:

  • Legal custody – The power to make decisions regarding the child’s health, education and welfare
  • Physical custody – The responsibility to maintain a residence for the child and provide for the child’s essential needs

Each of these types of custody can be sole (exercised exclusively by one parent) or joint (shared equally by both parents). In cases of joint legal custody, the court may award one parent final decision-making authority. In cases of sole physical custody, the court will generally order a parenting time schedule for the noncustodial parent. Parents with concerns about how a custody ruling affects support payments can consult a qualified New Jersey child support lawyer.

A parent who is used to having the children in the house all the time and has been the primary caregiver may feel justified in aggressively pursuing sole physical custody. However, the court generally favors joint custody, so doggedly pursuing sole physical custody can be wasteful, unless you have a skilled attorney who can show that a joint arrangement would be detrimental to your child(ren). The Anthony Pope Law Firm has represented many parents who opposed joint custody on the grounds of child endangerment, related to their spouse’s:

  • Anger issues
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • History of domestic violence
  • Immoral lifestyle
  • Lack of maturity

Parenting time: schedules for noncustodial parents to maintain healthy relationships

Divorce law in New Jersey presupposes that it is in the best interest of a child to have frequent contact with the noncustodial parent. Anthony Pope works closely with you to negotiate a parenting time schedule that allows for healthy interactions while putting in place any safeguards necessary for your child’s welfare.

Contact an experienced New Jersey child custody attorney to enforce your parental rights

The Anthony Pope Law Firm capably manages the most emotional aspects of New Jersey divorce cases including child custody and parenting time. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 973.536.2346 or contact us online.

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