Helping Clients With Child Custody And Visitation Challenges
In a divorce, one of the most important aspects is to ensure that any children involved are entrusted to the care of the parent most suited to meeting their best interests. At Tournour Law, our attorney, Frank Tournour, can protect the interests of your children. We have been helping clients in East Brunswick with their divorce and child custody matters for decades.
New Jersey Law: Protecting The Child
In addressing issues of child custody, the primary concern of a family court is to protect the well-being of the children. Factors that may influence a judge’s decision in determining child custody include the health, lifestyle and financial state of each parent. Other matters include the children’s gender and their relationship with each parent. Statements made by teenagers and older children as to which parent they would prefer to live with are sometimes given consideration in determining custody.
Informal factors are also important in the decision-making process. A judge will favor the parent who is more likely to set aside his or her personal differences with the other in order to enhance the welfare of the children. Family judges also look for the parent who will encourage a healthy relationship between the children and the other parent. Although women are often favored in child custody decisions, each family’s situation is unique, and the court will consider all relevant information in rendering a decision.
If you have children and are going through a divorce, retaining an experienced child custody attorney will help ensure that your children’s best interests are represented in the process. Child custody attorneys are familiar with the complex set of family laws that govern divorce and may even be familiar with certain judges and their rulings, which aids in the construction of effective cases when issues go to court. In addition, child custody cases are often referred to mediation in an attempt to resolve disputes early on and avoid the need for a stressful trial altogether.
Types Of Child Custody In New Jersey
Under New Jersey law, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make decisions concerning different aspects of his or her child’s upbringing. These decisions can involve which type of schooling, religious instruction and health care the child will have. Legal custody may be granted to one parent or both, in which case decision-making is shared equally.
Physical custody, also called “parenting time,” refers to the right of a parent to have the child live with him or her. As with legal custody, physical custody may be awarded to one parent, or jointly to both.
Parents and grandparents may also have visitation rights under New Jersey law. As an experienced family law and visitation lawyer, Mr. Tournour can help you establish visitation rights if you have been denied custody or visitation. He can also help if you or your child’s other custodian wish to relocate.
Child Custody And Visitation Issue? Call Today.
We understand how important your children are to you. With over 30 years of experience in New Jersey family law, child custody attorney Frank Tournour has helped hundreds of parents involved in divorce protect the interests of their children. Call us today at 732-913-3634 or contact our office by email to schedule your initial consultation.