Child Custody & Co-Parenting
Children are not property that can be split in half or awarded to one party. Yet, there must be a specific custody order and parenting plan in place when parents divorce. These important arrangements will govern your child’s well-being and your relationship with your child.
At The Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh, L.L.C., we balance two important roles — asserting your parental rights and protecting the best interests of your children. While we always strive for an amicable parenting agreement, we can capably represent you in child custody litigation if it comes to that.
Your children deserve the best.
Whether you are fighting for custody rights or working out the details, we can help. Schedule a consultation at our Somerville office with our experienced lawyer.
Custody And Shared Parenting In New Jersey
Attorney Rajeh A. Saadeh formerly served as a judicial law clerk in the New Jersey family courts. He is knowledgeable about New Jersey law on child custody and familiar with how the judges in Middlesex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Morris County, Union County and Mercer County typically rule in different scenarios. These insights will help you approach custody in the right frame of mind and from a position of strength.
We can help you address every facet of divorce as it relates to your children:
- A custody agreement (negotiated or court-ordered)
- A parenting plan (spelling out the terms of co-parenting)
- Appropriate child support, including deviations from the guidelines
- Relocation by either parent after divorce
- Grandparents’ visitation
- Petitions for sole custody or supervised visitation
The Best Interests Of The Child
The family courts presume that children are best served by having both parents involved in their life. Even if one parent is awarded primary physical custody, the other parent will almost always be granted regular visitation. Shared parenting, in which both parents have relatively equal time, is increasingly common. Regardless of where the child lives, with rare exception, both parents will have joint legal custody — equal say in major decisions about education, health care and religious upbringing.
The court’s overriding factor in custody determination is not the wealth or the wishes of each parent, but what is best for the child. Through negotiation and perhaps with the aid of a third-party mediator, Rajeh A. Saadeh can help you work out practical custody arrangements regarding residence, schedules, exchanges, extracurricular activities and the rules of co-parenting. Though you are getting divorced, you and the other parent will still be raising a child together.
Standing Your Ground
If you cannot reach agreement on custody and parenting or if the other party is trying to undermine your parental rights, a judge may need to rule on custody. Rajeh A. Saadeh is a formidable courtroom lawyer who will aggressively fight for you if litigation cannot be avoided. We understand that nothing is more important to you than your children.