New Jersey Child Custody & Parenting Time Lawyer

Child Custody Agreements that Work for the Whole Family 

When a relationship or marriage involving children ends, it can be emotionally taxing for the entire family. In a divorce proceeding, you and your spouse will face the critical task of establishing a child custody and parenting time agreement. Ideally, you will work together to do what is best for your child. If compromise is not possible, a judge will decide for you. 

At the Law Offices of Lazaro Carvajal, we are dedicated to helping you and your spouse find a child custody and visitation solution that promotes your child’s best interests and protects your rights as a parent. If you and your partner cannot achieve a compromise, Mr. Carvajal can fiercely represent you in the courtroom. 

To schedule a free consultation call 201-281-5577.  

Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody in New Jersey

In New Jersey, child custody is divided into legal and physical custody. 

Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions regarding their child’s education, medical treatment, religion, and extracurricular activities. In most cases, parents will have joint legal custody and share in the decision-making responsibilities. In circumstances where one parent is absent or deemed unfit, the judge may award sole legal custody to the other parent. 

Physical custody refers to the child’s living arrangements. In the majority of cases, the child will split time with both parents. The parent with whom the child spends the most time with– is designated as the Parent of Primary Residence (PPR) while the parent receiving visitation is designated as the Parent of Alternate Residence (PAR). New Jersey likes to refer to visitation as “parenting time” to emphasize the family court’s desire for both parents to maintain meaningful relationships with their kids.  

How do New Jersey Courts Decide Legal Decision-Making Authority and Parenting Time?

When parents cannot achieve a compromise on their own, the New Jersey Court makes a decision based on what is in the best interests of the children. The court will take certain factors into consideration such as: 

  • the parents’ relationship with each other and their ability to communicate and cooperate,
  • the child’s relationships with parents and siblings, 
  • any previous instances of domestic violence,
  • the child’s needs and preferences, 
  • the ability of each parent to care for the child, 
  • the work responsibilities of each parent, 
  • the age of the parents and number of children

Creating a Parenting Plan

Once a custody plan is in place, you and your spouse will need to create a parenting plan that outlines how you will co-parent after the divorce. Mr. Carvajal can help you customize a plan that fits the needs of your family. A typical parenting plan may include: 

  • A schedule for how parenting time will be divided, including provisions for summer vacation, school breaks, holidays, birthdays, etc. 
  • Expenses for childcare, healthcare, extracurricular activities
  • Access to school and medical records
  • Transportation guidelines

Consult an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer in the North Bergen Area

Lazaro Carvajal is skilled in negotiating favorable child custody agreements for families in North Bergen, NJ and the rest of Hudson County. Call  201-281-5577 today to schedule a free consultation.