Helping You Resolve Child Custody Disputes
Parents of children, whether through divorce or otherwise, may be faced with issues concerning custody and visitation of their children. Use of the word “custody” is often meant to refer to legal custody. A person who has legal custody of a child is entrusted with the decision-making power regarding the care of children. In most situations, the parents of a child share legal custody of that child such that they must consult with each other when deciding important issues regarding the health, education and welfare of the child.
In certain situations where a parent is found to be unfit, engaging in immoral conduct or extremely careless, custodial rights may be terminated. Because of what is at stake, you require the best possible representation in child custody matters. Family law lawyer Salvatore DePinto will fight for you.
Deciding Upon The Best Interest Of The Child
Parenting time is a term that is used to describe the time spent together by parent and child where the parent does not live with his or her child. This term takes the place of the term “visitation.” The parent with whom the child resides is called the “parent of primary residence.” The parent with whom the child visits is called the “parent of alternate residence.”
When called upon to decide issues involving custody, the court must decide what it believes is in the best interest of the child and can consider any factors it deems to be important. The court will most likely consider the following: the parents ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child; the parents’ willingness to accept custody; the interaction and relationship of the child with the parents and siblings; any history of domestic violence; the safety of the child; and the preference of the child when of sufficient age.
Custody and parenting time are very sensitive in legal family matters. They directly affect the parent-child relationship. It is crucial that parents obtain guidance when dealing with these issues. Many times, once custody and parenting time decisions have been made through the courts, they will not be altered unless changed circumstances may be shown.
Contact An Experienced Child Custody Attorney
If you are in need of help with custody and parenting time issues contact the law firm of Salvatore DePinto, Attorney at Law, today, for an initial consultation, by calling 609-807-8942. The firm serves clients from its office in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, and the surrounding areas of Robbinsville, Allentown, Bordentown, East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrenceville and Cranbury.