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Custody can be divided up into two parts, legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody means that the parent has the ability to make the major decisions about the child’s health, education, safety and welfare. In New Jersey there is a presumption that the parents will share joint legal custody. Physical or residential custody refers to which parent the child lives with, and what the parenting schedule will be.
In making a custody determination, there are a number of mandatory factors which the Legislature has directed the Court consider:
Given the complexities involved with Child Custody and Visitation, we advise you to contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at 908-735-5161 at Gebhardt & Kiefer today. We handle Custody, Visitation, Parenting Time and family law issues throughout New Jersey.
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