The court will analyze all aspects of a custody determination, including if need be, expert reports, the parties’ communication, which parent can best provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for the child. The court equally reviews both parents, regardless of gender, to determine the best interests of the child.
My name is Melinda L. Singer, Esq. As one of New Jersey’s relatively few board-certified family attorneys, I am experienced not only in general family law, but also in establishing my clients’ rights as fathers.
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Every parent has a right to be involved in their child’s life. This can manifest in several ways, but when it comes to your legal rights, it means:
- Residential custody. This means who the child lives with.
- Visitation. If you do not hold primary residential custody, a parenting time order will ensure that you still are able to spend time with your child.
- Child support and modifications. In some cases, the court orders one parent to pay financial support to the other parent to help in the raising of the child. You have the right to request a modification to this order.
The easiest way to establish your parental rights is to establish paternity. If this is not done right after the child’s birth, or is not assumed through marriage of the parents, it may involve a DNA test or other legally admissible proof of parentage for the child. I can help you establish paternity if you have not done so already.