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Jennifer McCaskill
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Monmouth County Child Custody Lawyer

As hard as divorce is for adults, it is even harder for children. Children need stability to thrive, and during a divorce, stability is in short supply. Developing a workable child custody arrangement should be the goal of every parent in divorce. With a knowledgeable, skilled lawyer on your side, you can go a long way toward achieving this goal.

I am Monmouth County child custody attorney Jennifer McCaskill. With more than 10 years of family law experience, I have represented parents with children of all ages. Whenever possible, my goal is to minimize conflict while helping my clients and their children through the challenges of divorce.

Seeking An Outcome That Is In The Best Interests Of The Children

When determining custody and visitation, New Jersey Courts are required to do what is in the best interests of the children. As a result, Courts typically shy away from custody arrangements that will create upheaval and turmoil in a child's life. It is important to understand that if one parent is the primary caregiver for the children during the marriage, it is very likely that he or she will continue to be the primary caregiver after divorce.

With this said, there are many types of potential arrangements. In New Jersey, it is common for both parents to maintain joint legal custody of the children, meaning that both parents share in decision-making over education, religion and the child's general welfare. Sometimes parents share joint physical custody as well, meaning that both parents have equal or at least somewhat similar amounts of parenting time. In other situations, one parent may have sole custody while the other has parenting time.

Ideally, a custody agreement should be resolved through meditation or negotiation between the parties. An actual custody battle in the courtroom is likely to require expert testimony and cost substantial amounts of money. I counsel my clients to avoid these scenarios whenever possible, but am able to litigate custody disputes when there is no reasonable alternative.

Contact The Law Office Of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC

Call my Red Bank law firm at 732-852-7418 or complete my online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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