Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

Comprehensive Help For Family Law Issues Involving Children

Issues involving children are often the most contentious aspect of any family law proceeding. At the law firm of Laemers, Murphy & Neggia, LLC, our attorneys understand that you want to do what is best for your children. That is why we work closely with you to help you identify your goals and to find the most realistic path forward to help achieve your desires, keeping the best interests of your children in mind first and foremost at every turn.

Child Custody And Parenting Time Determinations

There are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make major decisions on behalf of a child, such as choice of school, health care decisions and religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to where the child will be living for the majority of the time. Legal custody may be granted to one or both parents, while physical custody is typically given to one parent. The parent who is not awarded physical custody will likely be awarded some form of parenting time, also referred to as visitation.

Parents are encouraged to resolve these matters on their own. New Jersey provides free custody mediation services for parents who are going through divorce litigation. If parents are unable to reach an agreement, the court will have to make these determinations for the parents. The court will apply numerous factors to reach a decision, with the child’s best interests being the primary factor.

Interstate Child Custody Issues

Following a divorce, parents may no longer reside close to one another. If a parent chooses to move out of state after a custody agreement has been reached, it is necessary to seek a modification to the custody order. Our lawyers can help assert your interests whether you are seeking a change or wish to challenge the underlying reason for a modification request.

Child Support Determinations

Child support may be decided as part of a divorce proceeding or for unmarried parents who are no longer in a relationship together. New Jersey provides guidelines to help you determine how much financial support you can expect to pay or how much you may expect to receive. However, deviations from these guidelines are always a possibility, depending on your situation. Support orders may be modified if one party experiences a substantial change in the circumstances of their life.

Contact Our Attorneys For Help Resolving Child-Related Issues

We help parents with all family law issues concerning their children. To learn more, call us at 973-383-7600 or contact us online. Located in Newton, we represent clients throughout Sussex County and surrounding areas.