Somerset County Child Custody Lawyers
Dedicated to Protecting Your Parental Rights
Any divorce is challenging, but when children are involved, the process can become even more complicated. At DeTommaso Law Group, we work hard to help parents achieve the right custody arrangement for their situation. Our Somerset County child custody attorneys are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect our clients’ rights as parents and for their family.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers - call (908) 274-3028 now. We serve clients in Morris County, Middlesex County, Hunterdon County, Union County, and throughout the State of New Jersey.
Protecting Father’s Rights in Somerset County
Parents enjoy a special relationship with their children. The bond that a dad shares with his child is just as important as the intimate relationship the child has with his or her mother. In order to serve the best interests of the child, New Jersey has laws that protect the child’s relationship with his or her father.
If you are the legal father of your child, you have the same parental rights as the child’s mother. There is no preference shown to mothers and both parents are given equal consideration. Sometimes the courts may determine that the father can provide a more stable living environment than the mother. Mothers tend to receive full custody as it is often easier for mothers to make a case to the courts that having full custody is in the child's best interests.
The court will make its decision about child custody by considering:
- The child’s needs
- The stability of each parent’s living environment
- Each parent’s fitness as a parent
- Any history of domestic violence
- The safety of the child from physical abuse
- Each parent’s willingness to cooperate regarding parenting issues
- The child’s interaction and relationship with his or her parents or siblings
- The preference of the child, when he or she is old enough to make a decision
- The distance between the parent’s residences
- Each parent’s job responsibilities
- The age and number of children the couple has together
- The extent and quality of time parents have spent with their children
- The quality of the child’s education
Here's a specific example regarding the rights of choosing the right preschool for your child. The Court holds that when a child attends pre-school as a form of work-related daycare, and the parents cannot agree on which pre-school a child should attend, the primary residential custodian generally has the initial right to make the selection.
If the non-custodial parent objects to the choice of pre-school, he or she has the burden of proof to demonstrate that the choice is unreasonable under the circumstances and contrary to the child’s best interests.
Depending on your situation, you may or may not wish to be the custodial parent (the parent that the child lives with). Regardless of how much time you want to spend with your child, our team of skilled divorce attorneys can help you remain in your child’s life.
Following a divorce, it is not uncommon for one of the spouses to want to move out of the state. If your ex-spouse is trying to move far away with your child, it is important to remember that relocation issues, as with all child custody disputes, in the best interest of the child. At DeTommaso Law Group, we work to protect the rights of parents and children.
Reach out to DeTommaso Law Group today at (908) 274-3028 to discuss your case with our Somerset County child custody lawyers.