As a general rule, the New Jersey family court system prefers to give parents 50/50 custody over their children. This allows parents to be equally involved in their children’s life. However, 50/50 custody is almost the exception rather than the rule as there are many circumstances where the arrangement either doesn’t work for the parents or isn’t in the children’s best interest. Our Morris County child custody lawyers have seen many reasons for an alternate custody arrangement, but these are three of the most common:
- One parent is emotionally or physically unable to care for the children. This may be due to injury, illness, or even addiction. If you have reason to suspect your children’s parent is unable to properly care for them during their time together, you’ll want to contact our child custody lawyers to bring your case to court.
- Parents live long distances from each other. While 50/50 custody may be easy when both parents are living within range of the children’s school, chances are either now or in the future you may not be. Work, education, or other factors can move you or the other parent out of town or even out of the country. In these circumstances, equal custody won’t work and different arrangements will need to be made.
- It’s not in the best interest of your child. This should be the first and foremost concern on everyone’s minds in a child custody arrangement. If there are allegations of abuse, shared custody may not be the best answer and you’ll want to hire child custody lawyers who are ready to help you protect the best interests of your children.
Contact our Morris County child custody lawyers today and we’ll help you sort through all of the issues and help you find the best solution for your children. You can call us or contact our child custody lawyers online to get your free confidential consultation today.