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Custody & Visitation

New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer

Clifton Visitation and Parenting Time Attorney

Few topics are as important to most parents as the amount and quality of time they have with their children. When determining child custody and visitation, it is important for everyone to understand the process and have a skilled legal advocate on their side.

Howard J. Pfeffer, Attorney at Law, will give you an honest explanation of New Jersey child custody law and represent you throughout the process. Call our Bergen County law offices to schedule an initial consultation about your case.

A Process Designed To Protect the Child

In child custody and visitation matters, the legal standard is and has been for a long time that the court must do whatever is in the best interest of the child. What has changed recently is that the New Jersey courts have come to believe that not only the outcome, but also the process, must be tailored toward the child's interests.

Under the new process, as soon as you file your initial papers initiating a divorce or other child custody proceeding such as those involving same-sex relationships, you will get a notice to attend a parent education workshop. This is a three-hour presentation on how to work out parenting issues.

Once you have completed this workshop, a parenting mediator will be made available to help you work out a parenting structure. The new process uses the term "parenting time" rather than the more traditional term "visitation."

The goal is to come up with a plan for parenting time that protects the child's best interests without dragging him or her into a court fight.

Call Mr. Pfeffer at (973) 473-7171 or email him at Lucianolaw@yahoo.com, to get an experienced Passaic County child custody lawyer who can help you ensure that your rights and the rights of your child are protected throughout this process.

Participating in Important Decisions

In addition to residential custody (also known as physical custody), child custody involves a separate determination of legal custody. Legal custody means having responsibility for the health, education and welfare of the child and the right to participate in decisions toward those ends.

Typically, both parents will be granted joint legal custody of the child, even if one parent gets primary residential custody.