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Child Custody & Parenting Plans

NJ Child Custody & Parenting Plan Lawyers in Bergen & Morris County, NJ

What is a Parenting Plan?

A Parenting Plan may be a separate document or part of a divorce agreement. In New Jersey, a Parenting Plan must be included in any “settled” case, before the divorce is finalized.

The Parenting Plan sets out a schedule for the living arrangements for a child. Without a Parenting Plan, disputes often arise that can result in litigation to resolve these issues.

Parenting Plans may include the following:

  • Custody
  • Decision making
  • Sharing time with children on vacations and school breaks
  • Child support
  • Transportation and exchanges
  • Health care
  • Religious upbringing
  • Medical insurance
  • Contact with relatives
  • A regular schedule of parenting time
  • Relocation and foreign travel

Creating a Parenting Plan

Parenting Plans can be created by the parties on their own. If parents haven’t done so, the Superior Court of New Jersey provides a mediation program to assist the parties in creating a plan.

When you work with a team like the attorneys at Arons & Solomon, we will help to create a plan that meets the needs of your child. Contact us for more information on how we can help you with your Parenting Plan.

What should be included in your NJ Parenting Plan?

The components that should be included in a parenting plan are:

  • Legal and physical custody of the child
  • Primary residence
  • Parenting time schedule including regular, holiday and vacation
  • Medical decision making
  • Ways to modify the plan if needed
  • Dispute resolution methods, should they be needed
  • Statement outlining the parents responsibilities and rights

NJ Courts

Once you complete the Parenting Plan, it will become of the court orders in your case that will require communication between parents.

Types of Custody in New Jersey

Joint Legal Custody: Both parents share both authority and decision making responsibilities. Parties may have joint physical custody or one parent may be the parent of primary residence while the other parent has parenting time.

Sole custody: One parent is responsible for all decisions regarding the child. That parent will also have sole residency for the child as well. The other parent might still have a visitation, according to either an agreement between the parties or, if the parties cannot agree, an order of the court.

Factors in determining custody:

The Courts consider the following when determining custody and the best interest of the child:

  • The wishes of the parents as to custody
  • The willingness of the parents to work together
  • The history of child care
  • The distance between the homes of the parents
  • The educational needs of the child
  • The parent’s fitness
  • The safety of the child
  • The age of the child
  • The wishes of the child, if the child is of an appropriate age
  • And others

To learn more about child custody and creating a parenting plan, the experienced lawyers at Arons & Solomon can help you with all of your child custody needs. Contact us today at (201) 487-1100 or online at www.AronsSolomon.com.

Types of Custody in New Jersey

Joint Legal Custody: Both parents share both authority and decision making responsibilities. Parties may have joint physical custody or one parent may be the parent of primary residence while the other parent has parenting time.

Sole custody: One parent is responsible for all decisions regarding the child. That parent will also have sole residency for the child as well. The other parent might still have a visitation, according to either an agreement between the parties or, if the parties cannot agree, an order of the court.

Factors in determining custody:

The Courts consider the following when determining custody and the best interest of the child:

  • The wishes of the parents as to custody
  • The willingness of the parents to work together
  • The history of child care
  • The distance between the homes of the parents
  • The educational needs of the child
  • The parent’s fitness
  • The safety of the child
  • The age of the child
  • The wishes of the child, if the child is of an appropriate age
  • And others

To learn more about child custody and creating a parenting plan, the experienced lawyers at Arons & Solomon can help you with all of your child custody needs. Contact us today at (201) 487-1100 or online at www.AronsSolomon.com.