Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues associated with
a divorce. Sometimes, a couple cannot agree on a child custody and visitation
arrangement, and they may need the help of a mediator to settle the issue.
child custody, the first distinction that must be established is between physical (or
residential) custody and legal custody.
Physical custody concerns which parent the child lived with on a daily basis.
Legal custody concerns which parent (one, the other, or both) has input into the decision-making
process concerning major issues affecting the child.
The different types of child custody options include:
Sole Custody. Sole custody was once the most common type of custody, but in recent
years, sole custody has given way to joint legal and shared physical custody
arrangements. In sole physical custody arrangements, the child resides
almost exclusively with one parent. In sole legal custody arrangements,
one parent is afforded the exclusive right to make decisions on behalf
of the child without the need to consult and confer with the other parent.
Joint Custody. In joint legal custodial arrangements, both parties are permitted to
offer input on major issues affecting the child, such as their education,
medical care, and religious upbringing. In joint legal custody arrangements,
the parents must consult and confer with one another before any decision
is made. In joint legal custody arrangements, the primary residential
custodian is given the final say over such decisions when an impasse is reached.
Split Custody. This type of custody is applicable for couples who have more than one
child. In split custody, each of the parents is awarded the custody of
at least one of their children. Whether they have biological children
or legally adopted children, each will be given the custody of at least
Nesting. This can be defined as a divided custody. In such an arrangement, the
child stays in a home. The parents come to meet the child alternatively.
They move in and out of the home based on the schedule. Bird nesting custody
requires substantial cooperation between the divorced couple. A bird nesting
custody is rarely successful.
No matter which type of child custody you wish to apply for, the experienced
New Jersey child custody lawyers at Moskowitz Law Group, LLC can help you.
Our attorneys can give you advice, guide you through the entire process, and help you
seek the best outcome possible.
Contact our Bergen County divorce attorneys today if you need help with a child