Sole Custody in New Jersey
When custody is being discussed in a New Jersey divorce case, many times, parents will share joint legal custody. It is rare that the court will award one parent sole legal custody, meaning that the children will only live with one of the parents all of the time and that parent also has authority to make all of the decisions regarding the child’s life. These decisions may include where the children goes to school, what religion it practices, medical decisions, and anything else that may have an impact on the child’s life.
The reason for which the court will award sole custody, in the rare situation that it does, is because only one parent is seen as “fit” to parent. The other, non-custodial parent must be deemed “unfit” to parent. New Jersey usually likes to award joint legal custody because they want to make sure that the children have an opportunity to form meaningful relationships with both of their parents, even after the divorce. Even if sole custody is awarded, the parent who has been deemed “unfit” will usually be able to have visitation rights with their child. When visitation is awarded, many times it has to be supervised by either a member of the New Jersey court system or a member of the family who has volunteered to attend each visitation session. Even when there is a family member supervising visitations, this still may have to take place in a court house or another similar setting.
If you have questions or concerns regarding custody matters in New Jersey, you should contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation.