There is not a person in this world who will tell you going through a divorce is like an easy stroll in the park. The majority of them are nasty and can change people in ways you never thought were possible. 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 a divorce. With a knowledgeable, skilled Monmouth County child custody lawyer on your side, you can go a long way toward achieving this goal.
Our firm’s child custody law efforts are led by attorney Jennifer McCaskill. For the past 10 years, we have focused our practice on guiding people through divorce and other serious family law problems with the least stress and emotional cost possible. We have more than a decade of representing clients in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and adjoining counties in northeast New Jersey. Whenever possible, our goal is to minimize conflict while helping 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 mediation or negotiation between the parties. An actual custody battle in the courtroom is likely to require expert testimony and cost substantial amounts of money. We counsel clients to avoid these scenarios whenever possible but are able to litigate custody disputes when there is no reasonable alternative.
Never Forget — As a Parent, You Have Parenting Time Rights and Obligations
Don’t let fear of losing access to your children paralyze you. Except under the most extreme circumstances, New Jersey law gives both parents parenting rights. Our child custody attorneys are compassionate and work diligently to resolve our client’s issues. We understand how trying issues pertaining to child parenting time can be. We establish a working relationship with every client who chooses to use our services, and we do everything in our power to avoid the frustration of digging up existing issues.
When it comes to parenting time plans, don’t assume the other parent will be fair. It is important to obtain strong advocates who are willing to stand up for you and your relationship with your children. The bond between you and your children should never be broken, and it certainly should not be used as a weapon by one parent against the other. How you choose to handle your situation will have a lifelong impact on the children you love, so taking the passive aggressive approach in this regard should never be an option. Speak with a Monmouth County child custody lawyer to discuss the next steps for your custody agreement.
Determining Custody for Special Needs Children
You want what’s best for your children before, during and after your divorce. We know these can be difficult decisions to make and we’re here to help. Every child is an individual and what works for one family may not work for another. We’re committed to helping you find a custody plan that works for you and keeps your child in a stable, healthy environment.
If you need help making decisions about what’s right for your child with special needs during your divorce, contact The Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC. We can help you think through a variety of scenarios and evaluate what’s most important to your child’s mental and physical well-being. We know divorce can be a difficult process, but we can limit your stress and get to a better place as quickly as possible.
Finding the Solution That’s Right for You
Several factors are considered when determining custody for any child, but for a child who has special needs, you must account for even more. The most important consideration is what’s in the best interest of the child and how that affects their daily life. For a child with special needs, that may include:
The accessibility of both parents’ homes and vehicles
Both parents’ abilities to pay for and provide adequate medical care
Where and how the child currently receives medical care
Other factors related to the child’s health and individual needs
Divorce impacts everyone in the family differently and it’s important to consider all the ways your child will be affected, both physically and emotionally. Our child custody attorneys are passionate about helping families with special needs children find the best solution for them.
Choose a Monmouth County Child Custody Attorney You Can Trust
When you choose to work with us, you’re choosing to work with a compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer who will make you a priority. Our office is conveniently located in Red Bank, Monmouth County and we work hard to swiftly respond to every email and call.