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Understanding Childcustody

Child Custody in Charleston

Dealing With a Custody Issue? Our Skilled Family Lawyers Can Help!

Whether you are going through a divorce, separation, or renegotiating an existing arrangement, dealing with child custody issues can be challenging. Family law issues are always challenging, but when children are involved, it can be even more difficult. Sometimes parents are able to negotiate parenting plants amongst themselves, but in many cases, court interference is necessary in order to find an arrangement both parties are happy with. If you are in need of legal help, our family law attorneys can work with you to obtain the child custody arrangement you need.

At Erica Lord Law Group, PLLC, our experienced family lawyer can help you establish a custody arrangement that works for you, your child, and the other party. Our firm has more than 15 years of applicable legal experience, and we are passionate about helping out clients achieve the legal goals they’re after. Throughout the legal process, our lawyer will stand by your side, providing you with one-on-one attention and addressing any concerns or questions regarding your child custody case.

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Child Custody in New Jersey

In New Jersey, child custody orders are always focused on achieving what is in the best interest of the child. If left to the court, a judge will consider whether or not joint custody is doable. Joint custody is usually the more favorable option, though in cases where one parent is deemed dangerous, negligent, or otherwise unqualified to care for the child, the court may grant sole custody to the other parent. Even in these cases, the parent without custody is likely to receive visitation rights on a regular basis, though these visits may require court supervision.

The court will consider the following factors before determining a child custody arrangement:

  • The child’s relationship with either parent
  • The child’s preference, if he or she is old enough to have a say
  • Each parent’s ability to care for the child
  • Each parent’s home environment
  • Each parent’s employment status
  • Each parent’s income

Grandparents’ rights are also recognized in the state of New Jersey, which means the court may also factor in visitation rights for the child’s grandparents.

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Child custody cases can be complex, especially when it comes to determining what is in the child’s best interest. This can be extremely subjective, which is why you need a seasoned family law attorney on your side.

Contact Erica Lord Law Group, PLLC​ to discuss your child custody or visitation case with our Charleston family lawyer.

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