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Knowing child custody laws before heading to court

There is nothing more important than the welfare of children. When New Jersey parents decide to divorce one of the major issues on the table is child custody. The ideal situation would be that the parents agree to all the particulars regarding their children, but that's not always what happens. In any case, there are a number of earmarks family courts in the state use to determine child custody.

A family court judge can agree with a custody arrangement ironed out by the parents themselves and issue an order accordingly. If parents can't agree on custody particulars, they may be required to submit a custody plan to the court for consideration. The courts encourage shared custody arrangements since it is believed that children who have equal access to both parents do better and such an arrangement is in the best interests of the children.

Joint custody could mean that children live with one parent or alternate between both parents. It also means that parents work positively with each other to make major decisions regarding their children. When the court grants sole custody to one parent, the non-custodial parent usually gets appropriate visitation time with the children. The needs of the children are always considered first.

The legalities of child custody can be confusing. It may take an experienced lawyer's acumen to clarify those areas which are complex. Having some idea of what New Jersey law says about child custody can help to understand what may happen in the court room.  

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